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F/Sgt. Robert Clarence Naffin .     Royal Australian Air Force (d.24th Aug 1943)

My Grand Father, Flight Sergeant Robert Clarence Naffin 416601 RAAF, died age 23 on 24th August 1943. Son of Clarence and Grace Naffin, husband of Diana Stephanie Naffin. My Mother was a year old when he died. I was a few weeks old when she died and my Grand MaMa and her 2nd husband brought me up until I was 7 when my Grand MaMa died. Until now I have not been able to find out about him due to a sense of loyalty towards my Grand MaMa's 2nd husband which is daft because he abandoned me after she died. However he has now died and I feel free to search. I cannot find him in English birth records so maybe he was born elsewhere.

Editor's Note: As Robert served in the RAAF it is very likley that he was born in Australia.

P.Hilt



C.Q.M.S Patrick William Nagle .     British Army 1st Btn Welsh Regiment

Sadly I do not know a great deal about my late father's war. Billy Nagle was a very quiet and softly spoken man. I do know that he was in Egypt during the Second World War and did receive several medals during that campaign. He also holds a medal from Palestine which I know very little about. If anyone can add any information about his time in the army it would be most gratefully received. Many thanks.

Patrick Nagle



Sgt. L. W. Nagley .     Royal Air Force 57 Sqdn.

Sgt Nagley was a member of the crew of a Lancaster bomber which was shot down on 11th November 1944. Info is from Chorley's Bomber Command Losses 1944:

11/12 Nov 1944, 57 Sqn, Avro Lancaster I, Serial No. LL939, Code DX-H, Op: Hamburg

  • F/O S Bowden, Pilot (died)
  • Sgt AC Brett, Flight Engineer (died)
  • Sgt LW Nagley (pow)
  • F/S SC Alidis (pow)
  • Sgt JA McLaughlin, Wireless Operator/Airgunner(died)
  • F/S FC Green, Airgunner (died)
  • Sgt C Bayford, Airgunner (died)

    Took off 1654 East Kirkby. Hit by flak and crash-landed circa 1927 near Beckdorf, 8 km SSW from Buxtehude. On the first impact one engine and the rear turret were torn away, the rest of the Lancaster bouncing back into the air and flying on for over a km before smashing back to earth. The two survivors are believed to have baled out, as did Sgt Brett but his parachute failed to deploy. He lies in Becklingen War Cemetery, while the others who died are buried in Hamburg Cemetery, Ohlsdorf.




  • Fus. John Naisbitt .     British Army 7th Btn Royal Northumberland Fusiliers   from Wingate, Co Durham)

    My father Jackie Nasibitt was taken prisoner at Rouen, France on 09/06/1940 and was taken to Stalag 21b on 04/07/1940 where he was held until 11/01/1941 and then transferred to Stalag 24c where he spent the rest of the war. I believe they were liberated by the Russians in January 1945 and returned home where he served for a time in the Royal Enginneers clearing mines from the beaches in the south of England. He never spoke much about the war. I know he had a very difficult time as when he came home both of his parents were dead and he came to live in Newcastle where he married my mother. I have a photo of 8 POWs taken at Stalag 4c with 7 other soldiers. Any information about any of these camps would be appreciated.

    George W Naisbitt



    Lt. Cdr. Lennox William Napier DSC DSO.     Royal Navy HMS Rorqual

    For Captain Lennox Napierís inspired and courageous captaincy of the mine laying submarine Rorqual, he was appointed DSO in 1943 and won the DSC in 1944. Napier, who had been in the submarine service since 1934, took command of Rorqual, a Porpoise class submarine in June 1941. With the capture of Crete, it was imperative that Malta did not fall into German hands. Under daily siege, Malta had to be supplied with both food and fuel for domestic purposes, as well as for its RAF Squadrons fighting for the survival of the island. A number of convoys had run the gauntlet from Gibraltar or Alexandria to Malta and all had suffered casualties.

    Admiral Andrew Cunningham, Commander-in-Chief of the British Naval Forces in the Mediterranean, boldly decided to use the Rorqual and her sister submarine Cacholot to get supplies to the island. One associates a submarine with confined space, but Rorqual, launched at Barrow in 1936, was 280 feet long and had a beam width of 29 feet. On her first voyage to Malta, she carried a vital cargo of two tons of medical supplies, 62 tones of high-octane aviation spirit for the RAFís Hurricanes, 45 tones of cooking fuel and 25 passengers, as well as a crew of 59; but perhaps most important, at least for the islandís morale, 147 bags of mail. On her return to Alexandria, amongst her somewhat lighter cargo, were 130 bags of mail.

    It was fraught and nerve-wracking week before Rorqual arrived in the Grand Harbour, much to the relief of crew and islanders. A month later she arrived back in Malta with a similar cargo. An even larger cargo was carried on 31 July, but Napier was concerned when during heavy weather a number of fuel cases stored in the hull developed leaks. This resulted in the submarineís diving almost seven tons light when these tins were empty in the morning, and slowly filling up with water and re turning Rorqual to normal trim while submerged in the daytime.

    After this trip, Napier was pleased to get back to his normal route of mine lying Rorqual could carry 50 mines. Napierís skill in laying these mines, in the often crystal-clear water of the Mediterranean, brought him a number of successes. In August 1942, his men blew up an Italian steamer. Later that month, he engaged two merchant vessels, sank one and then had his periscope rammed by the other. Although under orders not to engage enemy shipping, because he was carrying vital stores and passengers, Napier attacked a convoy and destroyed the last ship. The passengers had an interesting experience as 16 depth charges were dropped close by.

    In January 1943, Rorqual laid mines off the Tunis approach, one of which caused the loss of the valuable German heavy-lift ship Ankara, loaded with tanks for Rommelís Afrika Corps. This success was reinforced when he sank the Wilhelmsburg, carrying much-needed oil to Greece, with two torpedoes at 2,500 yards in the Dardanelles approach.

    After two and a half years of successful command Napier fell ill with jaundice. On recovering, he went to the land-based HMS Dolphin to train future commanding officers for the submarine services.

    Lennox Napier was a descendant of John Napier, the inventor of logarithms.

    Jan Bruce



    Wladyslaw Napiorkowski .     Polish Army Korpus Ochrony Pogranicza

    I am trying to find information about Wladyslaw Napiorkowski (born 1899). He was arrested by the NKVD in November 1939 in Budslawiu, Wilkeja/Belarus. His fate is unknown. He was an officer in the Korpus Ochrony Pogranicza(Border Proection Corps) in Suwalki in 1939. His wife was Jadwiga Gawkowska (born 1906, married 1929 in Lomza). From April 1940 to 1945/6 she, and her children - Roman, Witold and Elizabeth) were living in the USSA (North Kazakhstan, Ukrainian villages, Kalugino/Mamlutki and Petropavlovsk. They were part of the `Forgotten Odyssey' - the deportation of 1,700,000 Poles by Stalin to Siberia and Kazakhstan. One third of them survived, among them these four people.

    Maria Von Buhr



    Felix Napoliello .     USAAF 446th Bomb Group

    I am trying to help Felix Napoliello locate fellow crewmembers of `Miss Margie' (B25) that was shot down on 14th May 1944 near Porto Ferraio, Elba, Italy. They are: Allan (Alan?) T. Sampson (Samson?), Ernest Nigrello and Robert F. Mygrant. 446th Bomb Group was part of 12th Army Air Force, 57th Wing, 321st Bombardment Group. If anyone has information about any of these men please contact me.

    Debbie McCabe



    Felix Napoliello .     United States Air Force 321st Bomb Grp 446th Bomb Sqdn.

    Trying to help Felix Napoliello locate fellow crew members of "Miss Margie" (B25) that was shot down 14th May 1944 near Porto Ferraio, Elba, Italy. They are:

  • Allan (Alan?) T. Sampson (Samson?)
  • Ernest Nigrello
  • Robert F. Mygrant They served with 12th Army Air Force, 57th Wing, 321st Bombardment Grp, 446th Bomb Sqdn.

    Debbie McCabe



  • June Napolitano .     Womens Land Army   from 49 Byron Road, Wealdstone, Middlesex )

    I joined the Womenís Land Army in 1947 age 18 Not letting my mother know, as she was very upset. My life was hard at home being the eldest of 10 children. Thinking life would be a bed of roses & free & easy life at last! Was I wrong! Lights out at 10 pm said our Warden at the Potters Bar Hostel I first went too. I thought out of the frying pan into the fire the first week. Also the first job potato picking was awful & hoeing, Oh dear! The only nice part was the land girls I made friends with. Also our Saturday night extra time out for a dance. That was great until my friend Honar & I overstayed our time & were caught by the warden climbing through the window. I was sent to another hostel & Honar & I was split up, what a shame.

    I went to a remote village called Sandy in Bedford, a 2 mile walk to a village pub that was the only highlight of the week to play table tennis with the young farmer's boys. We only drank 1 shandy as we could not afford anything else. My £3 wage was halved as I had to send half to my mother. The Hostel (Hassles Hall ) was a bit spooky I thought, but we had a nice crowd of girls. Again the work was so boring again hoeing & weeding. I am afraid I put my hand up. Come & see me Monday for a trial Oh dear! I asked a German POW to please teach me to drive & over the weekend I mastered it. I then had the best job, much to the jibes I had from my friends. From then on I spent the next 2 years enjoying the Land Army. I left in 1950 & met my husband Richard & married had 6 children. Now 24 grandchildren. I ran a rest home for the elderly till I was 72 yrs & now enjoying my twilight years with my daughters. Not bad for 84 so far.

    June Napolitano



    Able Sea. Herbert Narburgh .     Merchant Navy SS Cape Corso (d.2nd May 1942)

    Herbert Narburgh lost his life when the SS Cape Corso was sunk.




    Able Seaman Victor Edward Narraway .     Royal Navy HMS Forfar   from Shepherd's Bush, London)

    (d.2nd Dec 1940)




    P/O Chester Russell Narum .     Royal Canadian Air Force 432 Squadron   from Rosemary, AB, Canada)

    (d.31st Mar 1944)

    Chester Narum was my father's best friend. Dad had wanted to enlist also, but did not pass the medical. It was very hard for Dad to be left at home while his best buddy went off to war, and harder still to receive the news of his death. I think Dad felt guilty for not being over there with him and the others from our small village. We lost 5 young men. The battle that some felt over not being able to fight along side their friends is a battle we may not think of, but it, too, had its casualties.

    Tamie Eastman



    Able Sea. Albert Sidney Nash .     Royal Navy HMS Anthony

    My great uncle, Albert Sidney Nash, served on HMS Anthony during WWII. He had also served during WWI.

    Christopher Allen



    WO11(CSM) Frederick George Nash .     British Army Kings Liverpool Regiment   from Bootle, Liverpool)

    (d. 01 Dec 1942)

    My Uncle WO11 (CMS) Frederick George Nash ex 30th Battalion Liverpool Kings Regiment, was reported *missing* at sea 01 Dec 1942 then reported killed in action at sea on or shortly after 01 Dec 1942 Has any one any ideas or records as to what ship or action at sea for Fred to be Killed in Action

    Ray Rylatt



    LAC. Harry Nash .     Royal Air Force 247 (China British) Squadron   from Pembury, Kent)

    Harry Nash (my father) left 114 typed pages of memoirs, without context. I edited these into a book of more than 300 pages, with photos, that is freely downloadable in pdf format at archive.org

    There is also a novel that contains much about the squadron, though the main character is fictitious. Thursday Afternoon is also available in Epub format.

    J C Nash



    F/O. John Desmond Nash .     Royal Air Force 214 Sqd.   from Wellington, New Zealand)

    My father Jack Nash was a New Zealander who enlisted in Bomber Command - he was a navigator with RAF 214 Bomber Command Squadron based at Oulton in Norfolk - 214 Squadron was part of 100 Group Special Operations - he trained in Winnipeg, Alberta, Canada at the Empire Training School prior to going on to England. He flew many missions over Germany notably Kiel Canal and Cologne - he also flew the last bomber Command raid of WW2 on 2nd/3rd of May 1945 in the Kiel area. John Nash returned to New Zealand along with New Zealanders and Australians returning to their respective countries arriving in Wellington on 25th of October 1945 - they were delayed leaving England as they were on standby in case the war with Japan didn't end they were going to be posted to Okinawa to fly bombing missions against the Japanese.

    My father in civilian life was a Chartered Accountant - he married prior to leaving New Zealand to serve with Bomber Command and after the war went on to have 3 children with his beautiful wife Kathleen - my parents had a very happy marriage and we were all so sad when Dad died on 1st August 1986. Dad kept in touch with several of his fellow crew members now sadly all deceased also his 'adopted' English family with whom he use to spent time off with in Dawlish, Devon - the Denner Family.

    Lynette Murphy



    Pte. Raymond Herbert " " Nash .     4th Btn   from Reading)

    (d.Between 25th & 28th May 1940)

    G.Tomey



    Reginald Morris Nash MID.     Royal Air Force 57 Squadron   from Newport, South Wales)

    My dad, Reginald Nash did not talk very much about his war time experiences but I inherited from my mother, who died recently, my dad's wartime 'stuff' including his flying log.

    He qualified as flight engineer with effect from 8th of October 1942 and as flight engineer with effect from 24th of May 1944. He began operational duties on the night of 13th of February 1943 from Scampton with a sortie on Lorient in France. Throughout his time with the 57 squadron during 1943 he flew 29 successful sorties with 1 abort mostly over German cities.

    Some of the sorties were recorded as eventfull:

    • 8th July 1943, aircraft attacked over target (Cologne) by junkers 88, mid upper gunner killed, enemy aircraft destroyed by rear gunner.
    • 13th May 1943, Skoda arms works Pilsen, aircraft attacked by 2 Junkers 88s.
    • 3rd Apr 1943 Duisberg, rear gunner unconcious.
    • 12th May 1943 Duisberg, 'heaviest raid of war to date'.

    My Dad's pilot on most of the ops was Flt Lt Greig but I note that he flew 3 ops with Flt Lt Astell in Feb 43 who, I believe, was killed on the Dambusters raid.

    My dad then flew a limited number of operations during 1944 with 50 squadron and his last sortie of the war was on the 6th of May 1945 'Operation Exodus' to Brussels to transport POW's.

    My dad was at 97 Squadron Woodhall Spa from Oct42 to Jan43. Then 57 Squadron Scampton to Aug43; then 1660 conversion unit Swinderby to Aug 1944 and finished the war with 50 squadron based at Skellingthorpe. The aircraft types flown seems to have been almost everything the RAF had in service, Lancaster, Halifax, Sterling, Manchester and Oxford. In total my Dad flew 228hrs at night and 174.25 daytime and he survived without a scratch or being a POW.

    He was released from service on the 4th of September 1945. He had met my mother whilst doing his leaders coarse at St Athan and they married in Penarth on the 30th of September 1944. After the War my Dad joined BOAC then BA based at their engine overhaul site in Treforest near Pontypridd, South Wales as a Production Engineer before his retirement in 1975.

    He was, as well, for a number of years, President of the Penarth RAFA and I remember one of their guests at an annual dinner was W/Comdr Barder. There are many programmes on the TV these days about WW2 and now that I am custodion of some of my dad's wartime memories and know a lot more than I did I feel a real connection with those times. I am very proud of my dad's courage and achievements and I regret not finding out more of what it must have been like for him and thousands more of his generation when he was alive. Maybe he was embarassed with all the controversey over the tactics used by Bomber Command but I am pleased that at long last their sacrifice has finally been recognised and so would have my Dad.

    David. B. Nash



    Cpl. Robert Othar Nash .     Army 9th Infantry

    I am trying to locate details of Robert othar Nash who was stationed in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, England in 1944/5.

    Rod Wiltshire



    T. Nash .    




    Sign. Leonard Alfred Nason-Waters .     British Army 12th L of C Royal Signals Corps   from Rainham, Essex)

    Grandad, Leonard Nason-Waters lied about his age, adding two years so he could join the TA. As a carpenter in East London, his entry into the War was deferred. He joined up in 1944 and served through to the end, earning the 1939/45 and France-Germany Stars. He served in the 12th L of C in the Royal Signals Corps. Grandad never talked about the war. Any information gratefully received on where he might have served from July 1944 through to November 1945. Thanks.

    Annette Fletcher



    Alfred Roland Naylor .     British Army 8th Army   from Bradford)

    My Granddad Alfred Naylor was a Dessert Rat but that is all my mum or auntie can tell me. Both my Granddad and Grandma are dead so I cannot ask them, I'm trying to find out which regiment he served with as I am trying to do my family tree.

    Editors Note: Do you have any photos of him in uniform or any documents giving his service number? If their marriage was during the war, his regiment might be listed on the certificate.

    Lynn Trossell



    Sergeant B W Naylor .     RAF 50 Squadron

    Manchester L7301, airborne 30th May 1942 from Skellingthorpe, was hit by flak over Cologne and very severely damaged. Subsequently abandoned by six of the crew, after which the Manchester crashed 0200 31st May 1942 into a dyke at Bree (Limburg), 21 km NNE of Genk, Belgium. The testimonies of the five evaders were instrumental in the posthumous award of the VC made to their skipper, P/O Manser.

  • P/O L.T.Manser KIA
  • P/O R.J.Barnes PoW
  • Sgt L.H.Baveystock Evd
  • P/O R.M.Horsley Evd
  • Sgt S.E.King Evd
  • Sgt A.McF Mills Evd
  • Sgt B.W.Naylor Evd




  • Sergeant B W Naylor .     RAF 50 Squadron

    Manchester L7301, airborne 30th May 1942 from Skellingthorpe, was hit by flak over Cologne and very severely damaged. Subsequently abandoned by six of the crew, after which the Manchester crashed 0200 31st May 1942 into a dyke at Bree (Limburg), 21 km NNE of Genk, Belgium. The testimonies of the five evaders were instrumental in the posthumous award of the VC made to their skipper, P/O Manser.

  • P/O L.T.Manser KIA
  • P/O R.J.Barnes PoW
  • Sgt L.H.Baveystock Evd
  • P/O R.M.Horsley Evd
  • Sgt S.E.King Evd
  • Sgt A.McF Mills Evd
  • Sgt B.W.Naylor Evd




  • Pte. Frank Naylor .     British Army 7th Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders   from Dudley)

    Frank Naylor was my Grandfather and was in the 7th Battalion, 15 Platoon, C Company between 1942 and 1945. Unfortunately, he died around 1954, so I never met him, but I do possess some of his wartime letters to my Grandmother, along with various bits and pieces related to the Regiment (HD and 3 stripes sleeve insignia, glengarry, TOS cap badge, webbing belt and a silver "For King & Country Services Rendered" badge, which I assume was issued when he caught malaria in Sicily?). I understand from reading the letters and photographs, that he served in North Africa, Sicily and finally Northern Europe.

    I would be very interested if anyone has any further information related to him and his friends and what they would have experienced at the time.

    Julie Guest



    Frank Naylor .     Royal Navy   from Salford)

    My father Frank Naylor lied about his age when he joined the Royal Navy. As a child I remember him telling me stories of his time in the services. He married my Mum in 1946. I do not know a lot about his actual service record and I know that he was awarded some medals but I do not know which ones. I would be grateful if anyone either knows anything about my Dad's time in the Navy or how I would go about finding out.

    J naylor



    Pte. Gilbert Richard Naylor .     British Army Sherwood Foresters

    Last year my wife and I visited Anzio to see where her father, Gilbert Richard Naylor, had been captured during the war, and subsequently obtained his service record.

    He invaded Italy at Anzio on Feb 29th and was captured on 1st Mar. 1944. He was in the Sherwood Foresters having one month earlier been transferred from the Black Watch. He spent the remainder of the war in Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf. During his time there he wrote quite a few letters home and one of them came our way quite recently. It is basically about a photo, of my wife as a 2 year old that had been sent to him, we also now have the photo which he carried with him. My mother-in-law still has all the letters but they are obviously of a personal nature and we have declined to read them.

    He was in Arbeits kommandos E30 but I do not know what town it was near. All we know about his time there is that he worked on the night shift at a cement factory and on Sundays he liked to go on a walk to a nearby river because it helped with the boredom. I got the impression that this was not a high security camp as they were escorted to work but on the return had to waken the guards so as to get back into the camp. He still remembered the German language that he had learnt and had no hard feelings against the German people. He said that the locals were not much better off than the POWs but that they did give them bits of food. We think that he was on the march east in '44 but he did not talk about it. The family had a German army back pack that had deer fur on the flap, he said that he acquired it on the march, but we thought that he meant between Anzio and Lamsdorf not knowing about the march in '44.

    Trevor Taylor



    Pte. Malcolm Ewart "Mac" Naylor .     British Army   from Reading, Berkshire.)

    I have very little beyond the memory of his Ghorka tattoo of two Khukria knives crossed on his forearm. I know dad, Malcolm Ewart Naylor (Mac) was sent to 'round up the Japs' when Europe was celebrating victory. He was in the jungle and caught malaria. I have some old military photos which may help others identify family heroes. He never spoke of combat, but had some nasty stories involving leeches and scorpions. He had an a during admiration and affection for Ghurkas. I know he was his company Bugler.

    Merle Naylor



    Chf. Eng. William George Naysmith .     Merchant Navy SS Cape Corso (d.2nd May 1942)

    William Naysmith lost his life when the SS Cape Corso was sunk.




    Seaman Roy NcLeod .     Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve HMS Forfar (d.2nd Dec 1940)





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