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Pte. Matt Saari .     United States Army 52nd Armored Infantry Battalion   from Rock Mchigan)

(d.28th Apr 1945)

My uncle, Matt Saari was a Private with the 52nd Armored Infantry Battalion. He was captured in the battle of the Bulge and detained at Stalag 9B, barracks #28. He died 28 Apr. 1945. I know the camp was liberated on 2nd Apr 1945, but I don't know what happened to him after being liberated. I think he was too sick to recover. I do know he is buried in Normandy Cemetery, France. I don't know much about him, my mother told me he loved to play baseball. If any one has any info on him I would appreciate it.

Dan Gerou

Sergeant Ronald Sidney Sabell .     RAF Lancaster ED 542 106 Squadron (d.3rd April 1943)

Kevin Barrow

Ld/Tel. Donald Sabin .     Royal Navy HMS Vetch (d.4th February 1944)

Leading Telegraphist Donald Sabin served on HMS Eagle from 1939 to 1941. Then we lose track of which ships he was on until he joined HMS Vetch in Alexandria in late 1943. He died of smallpox on 4th February 1944 and is buried in Gibraltar (North Front) Cemetery, Plot 1, Row D, Joint Grave 7. Can anyone fill in the gaps in his record of service please?

Angela Taylor

F/Lt.. Anthony Graham Sadler .     Royal Air Force 100 Squadron   from Guildford)

Tony Sadler and crew.

Tony was shot down on July 13th 1943 at about 0700 hrs over Brest. He was piloting a Lancaster Bomber EE 183 HW-P that had returned from a bombing raid on the Turin railyard, they were based at RAF Waltham (Grimsby) His crew members were ;

  • A G Sadler 148132
  • J Egleston 1487782
  • M J Maloney 1031746
  • W E Broxup 657446
  • R A A Howe 657446
  • R R W Parker 158598
  • A Burton Aust 413527
EE 183 came down below 1000 ft to get a visual as their instruments were damaged by an electrical storm earlier, they were supposed to land in Cornwall, refuel and retun to Waltham, unfortunately Cornwall turned out to be France! Not just any bit of France, but Brest one of the most heavily fortified harbours in Europe.

Machine gun fire opened up on them from a fighter, then all hell broke loose, ack ack, heavy machine guns, the works, now coming from the ground, 2 engines caught fire and the plane was well alight. Tony ordered the crew to bale out, unfortunately the rear gunner was trapped in his turret and badly wounded. Tony changed the order and started looking for somewhere to land. Bob Parker the upper gunner spotted an airfield a short distance away, this turned out to be Guipavas. Guipavas in 1943 was occupied by a German fighter squadron, and this was the airfield Tony landed on. Hydraulic fluid was now all over the cockpit windscreen making visibility very poor. Bob gave Tony instructions from his position to aid the landing. They were still been fired on, and a third engine caught fire, as was most of the aircraft. Bob said bullets were flying past him missing him by inches. Bob was very lucky and was the only person not wounded, even the mascot got its nose shot off! The plane landed but with no hydraulics. Tony swerved the plane round causing the undercarriage to collapse, but stopping the Lanc. before it hit a hanger. The Lanc burnt out on the airfield, totally destroyed. All the crew got out, wounded, apart from Bob, but safe.

They were all made POWs, Tony was taken to hospital in Paris for a month, recovering from a wound in his leg. He then went to Barth Stalag Luft 1, from 23/8/43 to 1/11/43, he was then moved to Stalag Luft 5 in Hyderkrug from 4/11/43 to 10/4/44. Then on 13/4/43 he was transfered to Sargan (Zagan) Staluft luft 3, Tony stayed here until the Great March as the Russians approached Sargan, and was moved out 28/1/45. Tony finally ended up at Tarmsted and was liberated on 7/4/45 and retuned to UK. It would appear that none of the crew ever met up again, all were interned in different camps,and all went their own ways after the war.

Mike Sadler

F/Lt. Anthony Graham Sadler .     Royal Air Force 100 Sqd   from Guildford)

My father Anthony Sadler piloted EE183, a Lancaster Bomber, out of RAF Waltham/Grimsby on July 12 1943. They were shot down after returning from a bombing raid on the Turin railyards. Dad crash landed EE183 on a German airfield near Brest. The crew all survived but all were wounded. Dad first was taken to a Luftwaffe hospital in Paris, 14/7/1943 to 18/8 /1943. After a month he was sent to: Stalag Luft 1 Barth 23/8/1943 to 1/11/1943 then Stalag Luft 6 Hyderkrug 4/11/1943 to 10/4/1944 then Stalag Luft 3 Sargan 13/4/1944 to 28/1/1945 then after the Long March Stalag Luft 3 Tarmstedt 3/2/1945 to 7/4/1945 Shortly after this he returned to the UK.

I have no information on anyone who knew Tony in Stalag Luft 3 or on the Long March. Any information gratefully received.

Michael Sadler

Pte. Joyce Sadler .     Auxiliary territorial Service 904 AA (M) Transport Coy Royal Army Service Corps   from Salford, Lancashire)

In Uniform (coloured by her son)

Joyce Saddler served with 904 AA (M) Transport Coy RASC She enlisted at Manchester on 30/3/1942 giving her trade on enlistment as Theatrical

My mother was born 30th Jan 1920 at Salford, Lancs. From 1939 she was employed in the theatrical trade as a dancer/singer and was a regular member of a troupe that toured around the country. On the 16th of April 1941 she had been performing a matinee at the Rex theatre in High Wycombe with the star of the show Al Bowlly, with whom she was great friends, at the close of the matinee she was asked by the theatre management if she would stay for the evening show to replace one of the other girls who had called in sick. Although arrangements had been made to join Al Bowlly at his residence in Dukes court, Piccadilly my mother decided to remain at the theatre for the evening show. Al Bowlly however was killed that night when a German land mine exploded next to his residence killing him instantly.

Though I never asked if this was the reason she enlisted I am sure it must have had some bearing on her decision. Her Service Book records she was awarded her Service Chevron to drive 3 ton army transport vehicles and later awarded 'Skill at arms badge', she was discharged on the 14th Oct 1945.

She eventually emigrated to Western Australia where she died on the 1st Oct 1977.

Mike Sadler

Lester Sadler .     United States Army   from Olmsted Falls)

My uncle, Lester Sadler, was a prisoner of war in Stalag IXB, Bad Orb. He died while a prisoner. My father, Gilbert Sadler, was in the unit that released the camp and did not know of his brother's death until arriving at the camp. He looked for Lester and told his captain he couldn't find him; so at that point he knew something had happened. They located Lester's body and it was shipped back to the States for military burial.

Shelley Sadler

Act.Grp.Capt. William Robert Sadler .     Royal Air Force 142 Squadron   from Newmarket, Cambridge)

My late father, Group Captain William Robert Sadler, was posted to 142 Squadron RAF to command on 24/9/40 and remained with the squadron until 4/7/41 when he moved to HQ 1 Group. During his time with 142 Squadron, at Binbrook and Eastchurch, he oversaw the conversion to Wellingtons from Battles, the training of the squadron in night bombing, and then led it on raids on four occasions (flying Q for Queenie). When the Wellingtons arrived he found that no thought had been given to training captains of aircraft in how to captain a multi-crew aircraft where the crew was dispersed and members could only keep in touch by intercom. He, therefore, typed and carbon copied his own manual to all captains, and I believe Group later showed an interest in this and that it formed the basis for the official RAF manual. I still have a copy of his original, photos of him and his air and ground crews, some of the red, white and blue ribbon he flew from his wireless antenna, and his log books and clippings from newspapers about raids.

My father survived the war, unlike sadly the rest of his crew who perished after his posting. After I was born in 1943, my father was posted to Turkey to teach at the Air Staff College, and to work to keep Turkey out of the war on the Axis side. After VE Day he returned to Binbrook as station commander, and I can remember being in my pram with Lancasters taking off overhead, and three German POWs working around the house; one gave me a wooden model of a Lancaster for my third birthday. My father then went to Copenhagen as Air Attache, to Andover as Deputy Chair of the RAF Officers Selection Board, and to Washington with the NATO Joint Chiefs of Staff Intelligence Group. He retired from the RAF in 1954 to devote the rest of my life to painting. He painted professionally and successfully for another 46 years, dying in 2001 a few weeks after his last exhibition. We try to have at least one exhibition of his paintings every year.

Robin Sadler

Sage .    

F/O William A. Sage. .     428 Sqd.

Beryl Saines .     Women's Land Army

Becki Winters

Pte. Joe Sainty .     Royal New Zealand Army

My dad, Joe Sainty was a POW for most of WWII. He was captured in Greece in 1941 and his POW number was 2471. He was interned in Stalag 18a, Wolfsberg/Karnton.

M Hodges

Steve Salary .     U.S. Marine

Held as a Prisoner in Fukuoka 3b.

Gunner Leonard Edward Sales .     British Army Royal Artillery   from Plumstead,S E london.)

My father was held in Stalag 4F after escaping from the Italian ski troops. He would not say anything about his captivity other than to say he worked on the railway. As I have pictures of him with Indian soldiers around Basra I think he was with the 4th Indian fighting in the desert. I believe his period of captivity ranged from 1942 until 1945. His POW number was 250097. Since his death last year I have been trying to find out more about his service. If you or anybody can help I would be grateful.

Terry Sales

Adrian Salet S/Sgt..     United States Army Air Forces   from Morago, Calif.)

Doug Poppen

F/Sgt. Eugene Salmers. .     RAF 12Sqd. (d.18th Jun 1943)

Nav Eugene Salmers was killed on 18th June 1943, Lancaster I W4374 PH-D of 12 Sqd

Joesphe Salmon .     Royal Air Force Groundcrew   from Blackburn)

I'm just looking to see where my grandad served during the War. I was told he was based at Tangmere, and also served in India with the RAF.

It would be great if I could find out more information on his career in the RAF and what squadron he served in'

mark salmon

Lt. Thomas William Salmon .     British Army 49th West Riding Rgt. Royal Armoured Corps (d.24th September 1944)

Lt Salmon died on 24th September 1944 and is buried in Row 3, Grave 7 at Turnhout Communal Cemetery.

F/Sgt Edward Salmon. .     Royal Air Force

A. G. "Pop" Salter .     Royal Air Force pilot 158 Sqd.

My father, Gwyn Jenkins, flew 16 sortees with A.G. "Pop" Salter from Lisset. Pop Salter was completing his second tour. If anybody remembers my father or any of the others in Pop Salters crew please send me an email.

Peter Jenkins

Flight Sergeant Albert Henry Salter .     RAF 83 Squadron (d.9th April 1942)

RAF 83 Squadron operation: Avro Manchester Mk.I on mission to Hamburg, the 8th of April 1942. It was last heard from just after midnight on the 9th of April, thought to be in the Lastrup area of Germany. It crashed northeast of Cloppenburg. The crew killed are buried at Sage War Cemetery.

The only survivor was P A Lovegrove who later died in captivity and is buried in grave 6 A 14 Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery, Poland.

  • Pilot:P/O 67046 Jack Heathcote Morphett RAFVR killed.
  • Pilot:P/O 62324 Peter Anthony Lovegrove 22 RAFVR PoW, died in captivity 12Nov42.
  • Obs:Flt/Sgt 402188 Geoffrey Douglas Hutchinson 27 RNZAF killed, age 20.
  • Wop/AG:Flt/Sgt 647009 Albert Henry Salter 20 RAF killed, age 20.
  • Wop/AG:Sgt 923926 Reginald Stanley Williams 22 RAFVR killed, age 22.
  • AG:Sgt R/66159 George Charles Fisk RCAF killed.
  • AG:Sgt R/69897 Charles Dewitt Gellatly RCAF killed.

    Michael Allbrook

  • Flight Sergeant Albert Henry Salter .     RAF 83 Squadron (d.9th April 1942)

    RAF 83 Squadron operation: Avro Manchester Mk.I on mission to Hamburg, the 8th of April 1942. It was last heard from just after midnight on the 9th of April, thought to be in the Lastrup area of Germany. It crashed northeast of Cloppenburg. The crew killed are buried at Sage War Cemetery.

    The only survivor was P A Lovegrove who later died in captivity and is buried in grave 6 A 14 Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery, Poland.

  • Pilot:P/O 67046 Jack Heathcote Morphett RAFVR killed.
  • Pilot:P/O 62324 Peter Anthony Lovegrove 22 RAFVR PoW, died in captivity 12Nov42.
  • Obs:Flt/Sgt 402188 Geoffrey Douglas Hutchinson 27 RNZAF killed, age 20.
  • Wop/AG:Flt/Sgt 647009 Albert Henry Salter 20 RAF killed, age 20.
  • Wop/AG:Sgt 923926 Reginald Stanley Williams 22 RAFVR killed, age 22.
  • AG:Sgt R/66159 George Charles Fisk RCAF killed.
  • AG:Sgt R/69897 Charles Dewitt Gellatly RCAF killed.

    Michael Allbrook

  • W/O Wilfred Salthouse. .     RAF 12Sqd. (d.28th July 1943)

    The Lancaster III EE142 PH-G piloted by my mothers cousin, W/O Wilfrid Salthouse was shot down over Hamburg on "that night" 28th July 1943, Lancaster. Miraculously, I believe the rear gunner J.P. Bartlett survived and was made POW in Mahlberg Elbe [see Jim Forbes 12 Squadron website.] We have not a single document, photo etc of any of the crew and so I hoped to find out about the raid and perhaps some docs from the family of Sgt Bartlett whom I assume bailed out. Hope you can help


    Sqd.Ldr. Leonard James Saltmarsh DFC and bar..     Royal Air Force 7 Squadron

    Leonard Saltmarsh served before and after the war in the Surrey Constabulary and I am working on the history of that force. In December 1942 he trained in a Tiger Moth and went on to fly Wellingtons and Lancasters with 7 Squadron, Pathfinders. He was awarded the DFC for actions on the 26th of August 1944 in a raid over Kiel. He flew 99 Operational sorties.

    D.F.C. London Gazette 3 October 1944. The original recommendation states:

    ‘Flying Officer L. J. Saltmarsh has so far completed 17 successful sorties as Pilot and Captain of Lancaster aircraft, and has been most conspicuous at all times for his extremely high standard of courage and resoluteness. On two difficult occasions during daylight attacks on Vaires on 12 July 1944 and on Emieville on 18 August 1944, he observed a crippled bomber proceeding at a very reduced speed away from the target. On both occasions he dropped behind the main bomber stream in order to escort the damaged bomber safely back to England. On 15 August, during a daylight attack on the airfield at St. Trond, one of his engines became unserviceable on the way to the target and the propellor had to be feathered. But inspite of the fact that he was getting behind the main stream, owing to his reduced speed, he pressed on and bombed the target, and secured an aiming point photograph. On the way back from the target another engine became unserviceable but did not deter Flying Officer Saltmarsh from proceeding to and bombing an alternative airfield target with a bomb that had failed to be released over the primary target, and once more he secured an aiming point photograph. He eventually arrived safely over base and made a perfect two-engined landing. It was not until after he had landed that he reported the fact that two engines had become unserviceable during the sortie. This very gallant pilot is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.’

    Bar to D.F.C. London Gazette 16 November 1945. The original recommendation states:

    ‘This officer has completed 53 operational sorties, of which 28 have been carried out in the squadron, in the Path Finder Force, 18 of them as Captain of a Marker Crew. Flight Lieutenant Saltmarsh is an efficient and skilful pilot who has always shown a strong devotion to duty and a cheerful confidence which has always inspired a high standard of morale in his crew. He has always displayed exceptional fearlessness in the face of danger, complete disregard for personal safety and has pressed home his attacks against the enemy with the utmost determination.’

    Leonard James Saltmarsh commenced pilot training at No. 31 E.F.T.S. at De Winton, Alberta in December 1942, and graduated from No. 34 E.F.S. at Medicine Hat in June 1943. Back in the U.K., he attended No. 11 A.F.U. at Shawbury, prior to joining No. 26 O.T.U. at Little Harwood in early January 1944, where he gained experience on Wellingtons, and then attended a conversion unit for Lancasters at Waterbeach, at which place he joined No. 514 Squadron that June.

    Thus ensued his first tour of operations, commencing with a strike against L’Hey on the 23 June and ending with another against Emmerich on 7 October, the intervening period witnessing him attack numerous French targets in support of the Allied invasion, but also a number of heavily defended German targets, including Bremen, Dortmund, Saarbrucken, Stettin and Stuttgart. And as confirmed by the recommendation for his D.F.C. after 17 sorties, several of these trips were not without incident, his flying log book further stating that his Lancaster received flak damage during strikes against enemy panzers and transport at Villiers Bocage on 30 June and against a supply depot at Beauvoir on 2 July. Similarly, too, during a visit to Bremen on the night of 18-19 August.

    In October 1944, Saltmarsh attended the Path Finder Force’s training centre at Warboys, as a result of which he was transferred to No. 7 (P.F.F.) Squadron at Oakington in the following month, flying his first such sortie on the night of the 11th-12th, against Dortmund. A daylight strike against enemy communications at Julich, in support of General Patton’s troops, followed on the 14th and a night operation to Sterkrade on the 21st, Saltmarsh’s flying log book again noting flak damage. Then on the 29th he flew as support aircraft to the Master Bomber on a raid to Dortmund, a role that he would fulfil with growing regularity over the coming months. Such heavily defended targets as Duisburg, Essen (twice) and Karlsruhe formed the backbone of his operational agenda in December, while January 1945 saw him attacking, among other locations, Hanover, Magdeburg, Munich and Stuttgart, his flying log book noting an encounter with a Ju. 88 on the Munich run. February witnessed his Lancaster carrying out strikes against Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen, Ludwigshaven and Pforzheim, in addition to participating in the famous “firestorm” raid on Dresden on the 13th, an action that Saltmarsh would robustly defend in years to come.

    March saw him completing five more sorties to German targets, three of them in daylight, and April another four, two of these in daylight, including Bremen on the 21st, which latter operation marked the end of his operational tour. He did, however, fly three “Cook’s Tours” to the Rhur in May, and ended his career with an appointment in Transport Command in December 1945. Over and above all of this, however, it would appear that he flew 56 “unspecific” sorties of a secret nature, evidence for which is to be found in the following endorsement from “Bomber” Harris. He also flew: Diversions, experimentation of special equipment, including radar, photographic reconnaissance, these top secret sorties and others. In May 1945 he was selected and volunteered to form a new squadron for the continuation of hostilities against Japan.’

    Any information on Mr Saltmarsh DFC and Bar would be appreciated

    Robert Bartlett

    Pfc Thomas H Samek .     (d.12th February 1945)

    Held as a Prisoner in Fukuoka 3b.

    Sylvia Lilian Samme .     Women's Royal Naval Service

    My Mother, Sylvia Samme served with the Women's Royal Naval Service. I am looking for information .... anything at all or where I can find it will help

    Pat Hamilton

    Allan Sampson .     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

  • P/O D. N. Sampson .     102 Squadron

    Medical Orderly William Sampson .     British Army 10th Btn. Royal Berkshire Regiment

    My late father William (Bill) Sampson was captured at Anzio early February 1944. He was a medical orderly and was in the 10th Battalion, The Royal Berkshire Regiment.

    He was actually captured attending to an injured German soldier. He was transported to IV B by road via Rome and was in Transit camp FP31979 before ending up in IV B and stayed there until his release 23rd April 1945 by the Russians. His POW number was 279561.

    I personally visited the camp in Muhlberg in 1999 and there is a museum in Muhlberg which I have also been to. The Museum has many photographs/maps etc. of which I have donated some new documents/maps/phots etc to the museum which opened after the reunification of Germany. The Russians refused to allow a museum to be opened until that time. I have also visited the war graves around the camp.

    The address of the museum is: Initiativgruppe Lager Muhlberg e.V., Klostersrtasse 9, 04931, Muhlberg/Elbe, Germany

    The currator is Angelica Stamm who is very helpful. There is a 21 page information book which I have translatted into English which gives the full history of the camp until it closed in 1948. I would recommend anyone to visit the museum and the site which still retains some basic outline of the camp. It is open Tuesdays to Thursdays 13.00 to 16.00 pm and every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month between 13.00 and 16.00pm. Telephone number is +49 35342 706 87.

    If any one wants to get any further information from me please do not hesitate to contact me. If anyone remembers my dad who lived in London I would of course be very happy to hear from them.

    Roger Sampson

    James Alfred Sams .     Royal Navy HMS Penelope

    I am trying to find details of my Father serving on HMS Penelope. He had pretty bad scars on his body caused him swimming in the water with burning fuel oil.

    It is my understanding that James Alfred Sams was a Chief PO or Chief Stoker. I am not sure whether he could be both. Unfortunately he died of a heart attack back in 1971, so I did not have too much of an opportunity to talk about his service days. He de-mobbed out of the Navy after seeing out the 50’s based in Malta. He then worked as a civil servant in Portsmouth dockyard in an accounts department until his untimely death. If anyone can remember him I would be obliged for any information.

    David De La Haye (Formerly Michael Sams)

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