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Chris Hammond

From: peter.swaine@skynet.be
Sent: 26 September 2019

I am trying to trace an ex-RAF colleague of mine, Chris Hammond. He served with 202 squadron as an air wireless fitter.

From 1974 - 81 he was at Acklington, Boulmer and Brawdy.

If anyone can be of help. please feel free to pass on my email address.

Cheers

Peter Swaine


Sergeant Sydney Cohen


I am looking for information about Sergeant Sydney Cohen (20 years old Jew) - later called King of Lampedusa - he left Malta (airport??) on 12 June 1943 and landed in Lampedusa due to lack of petrol and malfunction of the compass (Fairey Swordfish). He was in SAR flight. He captured the entire garrison of the island (4500 soldiers). He became famous for this. He died in 1946 while he was flying over the English Channel. The international news paper gave full story about.

If you have some info would be great.
Thank you and best regards

Enrico Cappelletti


Samuel Lester Squire,



Hi my Uncle (my mother's brother)was a Sgt (wireless operator) on JX258 that crashed in June 15th 1944 and is buried at Melilia Cemetary, Spain.  His name is Samuel Lester Squire, Service number 1315832.  Does anyone have any family that remember him or knew him or may have any photos of him.   I would love to know more about him or see any photos that someone may have of him and the crew he flew with.  All our old family photos of that time have been lost down through the years.  My other Uncle on my fathers side did some research but he has now passed and have limited information on

karen.howarth1965@gmail.com


 Request For Historical Information?


.If you can give me your e-mail address I can pass you a 1929 photo.  I am the retired Duty Hd of the AHB(RAF) I assist the Hd of Heritage in Malta.  We have located a photo - one of a series taken on the 5th of December 1929 of Historic fortifications on the island.  The one we have is of St Johns Cavalier which was the RAF Met Office and later the first RAF Ops Room.  Is there any chance any of your archives or members have other so dated photography taken by the Squadron in Malta 1929.  The picture was taken from 500ft and most probably was taken by a Fairly IIID.A hand-held camera was used.  The pictures are not in he AHB or IWM Photo archives. I am awaiting a reply from the Sqn at Valley in case they have any period photo albums.

Yours Steve Lloyd

Gp Capt Rtd

07719490215

01572 747309

stevelloyd01@yahoo.co.uk



Antony Richards

Dated 21/11/18


Hello, My dad was involved in a rescue from RAF Boulmer sometime in the 1980s. I was a child, so my memory is not great. He reportedly went to the aid of a fisherman, but was unsuccessful.

My dad was,  Flt Sgt Nigel Richards. He was awarded a testimonial on velum from the Royal Humane Society. Please might it be possible to ask your members if they could remember the rough date and time....lost without it!


best regards,

Tony

richards_antony@hotmail.com


Victor Bourne


I am interested in any details regarding my dad, Victor Bourne who served in the RAF in WWII and was stationed in Gibraltar. I believe he may have been a signaller or similar (he was not flight crew)
I know that he ran a Scout Troop whilst stationed on Gib. Thanking anybody that may be able to pass on any information to me, no matter how small the details.
Kind regards,
Trudy

Father of  Stephen Hale


Hi There
In one of you photographs is a shot of Handley Page hastings 527 on display. My late father flew this aircraft when he was with 24 Squadron based at Colerne in the early 1960's. I have 2 photos of 527 but one I believe is from the same show where your picture was taken and I am trying to find out when and where it was taken. Any information you have would be greatly appreciated
Kind regards
Stephen Hale

John E Harper


Can anyone help please? I am trying to trace JOHN E HARBER who I know was in a RAF search and rescue squadron. As far as I can see there are just 2 SAR squadrons, yours and 22 squadron. If anyone can help with any information I would be very grateful.
Thanks
Chris Regan

Robert James Leach


My father served in the coastal command in squadrons 202 and 86. His name is also Robert James Leach. Sadly he passsed away this month and I am wondering if any one remembers him.
Robert Leach

John Frederick Stanley Black

On the 29th December 1950 my uncle, 1796505 Sgt John Frederick Stanley Black, was declared missing when an raf plane came down just of the coast of Barra Island in the Hebrides of Scotland. To our knowledge his body was never found and the family would like to know more about the details of his service and this tragic accident.</p>
Thanks in advance.
Wilma Todd.

Frank Bithell


Looking for news of Frank Bithell who was at Gibraltar, 202 Squadron. Enquiring on behalf of his best man who has lost touch. At one time in Leeds area. Frank's wife was Betty.
Thank You
Stephanie.

Flt Lt Frank Rashleigh DFC (KIA 1943 202 Sqn)


Dear sir. The processional cross used in our village church has the above mentioned officers name on it. one or two of our veteran villagers remember him in their youth. We know that he lived in our village of Balcombe in mid Sussex. I have been requested by our Parish council and the Vicar to find out more. His name is on the village war memorial. Any information would be welcome. Thank you. In comradeship.
Thanks in advance

David Fellowes
Ex 460 sqn RAAF,
206 Sqn.
Chairman of village RBL.

William Rowland Tait


Researching family tree, would like to know any further information regarding Flight-Lieut William Rowland Tait who received the Air Force Cross and joined No 202 squadron at Aldergrove in June 1947 are there any photos of him anywhere would be grateful of any information.
Many Thanks
Lorraine xxx.

JX258


Hello!
I live in Melilla, where nearby here JX258 crashed on 1943. I'm intended to build a model kit of this particular plane, so I would be very grateful if someone could provide me some details about it. I would like to know the kind of equipment it had. Leigh light? ASW radar? Which was the numeral, R or H as I've found somewhere. Of course a photo would be the best, but with a description and the references I've got I suposse I'll be able to build the kit.
Thanks in advance


Alonso Espinosa.

H. M. Russell


First I would like to start by saying what a fantastic web site.
Can anyone please help me ? I have in my possession an item that was presented to a F/Lt H.M.Russell from the officers in 202 Flying Boat Squadron, Malta. There are also signatures inscribed of what I assume would have been the squadron officers. The names I have are
E or F Blake
P W Bale
G or J Wilkinson
A surname of Moseley - can't make out the initials
Philip Jones
J Gosling
A J Mason
C W Dicken
P Hurren or Horner
A Carr
There is another name which I cannot read but the surname is something like Zudgway ??


Can anyone supply me with any information at all on any of these officers, no matter how small, as I would like to put together some background history to this item. I have no idea how old it is but judging from having Malta on it, it obviously looks like it would be pre-world war II. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much.
Andy Taylor

Henry James Haskett


My late father, F/Sgt Henry James Haskett (RAF No. 341943) served with 202 (FB) squadron at Calafrana Malta between 1936 - 1938. At this time he was initially a Corporal Metal Rigger and promoted to acting Sgt in May 1937. I am trying to trace his RAF career details, particularlly slightly later on when he returned to HE in April 1938 and served at Gosport, Calshot and Sch of AC.
Many thanks
Roy Haskett.

Catalina JX 208


Seeking any details of the loss of Catalina JX 208 Letter F of 202 Squadron that struck the ground at Stradbally Co Kerry Eire in December 1944. My uncle, Raymond PERKINS, was flight engineer on this aircraft.
Many Thanks

K Bates

Fred Ray


My father served on this sqn, not to sure of the dates just wondering if anybody remebered serving with a Fred Ray. I believe he was flying whirlwinds at the time. Just like to chat with people who served with my father.
Many thanks
Sgt Steven Ray


Cecil Richard Hodges


During World War II my grandfather, Cecil Richard Hodges worked for the Air Ministry, being based at Hughenden Manor. He was involved with the top secret production of target maps and other associated target material for the Royal Air Force. This operation was named Codename 'Hillside'.


My grandfather ran the machine room at Hillside and was responsible for the accurate preparation of target material for printing and distribution to RAF Groups and bomber stations. He was responsible for the printing of the Dam Busters, Tirpitz, D-Day, Peenemunde and V-weapon target material among the many other materials he prepared.I am conducting research into my grandfather's wartime activities. In honour of him I am attempting to track down one of the target maps he helped to produce at Hughenden. My grandfather died in 1989 and I never had the chance to talk to him about his work - in fact I hardly knew him.

I would be very interested if any of your members has such a target map they would be willing to part with. I live in the United States. It is an important part of my family history that I would like to preserve.
Thanks very much.
Jim Hodges.
Seattle USA

Derek Matthews


Hello
I wonder if you can help? My father served with the RAF on Lough Erne as an instrument fitter.Unfortunately he cannot remember which squadron he served in.

He was based at Castle Archdale for about 2 months and then moved to RAF Killadeas. He worked on both Sunderlands and Catalinas.

Do your records show if he was part of 202 squadron? I am taking him back to Lough Erne next week to visit where he was stationed.
His name is Derek Matthews
Regards
Peter

Leonard G Revill


I am Looking for any information on the service of Leonard G Revill (Len) my grandfather.He was from the Mansfield, Midlands area, he was posted during WWII to Gibraltar with the RAF where he worked as a mechanic / ground service crew.

I am looking for any information about his service time in Gibraltar
Regards
Ellen Louden (nee Revill)


F/O John Lambton


Do you know the circumstances of F/O John Lambton's death on 11.8.41. An air gunner with of 202 Squadron his grave is in North Front cemetery, Gibraltar. I wonder if he had been a crew member of London K5260 which sank under tow the following day.

Although the CWGC register does not record any family details, his paternal grandfather was the Earl of Durham.
Hope you can help
Peter Condon

Sgt 527173 Tom Bailey


My wife's father, Temp Sgt 527173 Tom Bailey was posted to 202 Squadron then based in Gibraltar On 18.10.42. He was reported 'Killed in Action' on 3.11.42. We have no idea what he was doing or what type of aircraft he was flying in other than that he trained and qualified as an air gunner in May and June 1942.
My wife is now his nearest surviving relative and we would be interested in finding out anything that might shed light on what happened to him and on what type of operation he was engaged in when he went missing. We have just returned from Malta where we found his name on the memorial at Valetta, but as he was based in Gib and not |Malta, there is no further information to be found there.

Any help anyone can give us to point us in the right direction as to further research would be gratefully received
James R Gibson
(Ex RAF 1955-1966)

A response has been received for this request could the requestee please contact Mr Eric Curbishley who has information for them


SARO Aircraft


I am trying to find out the service history of each individual SARO London that was built.
If anyone can help with details/photos I would be most grateful.
Alex

Meteorological Office Roll of Honour


I am investigating the circumstances of the deaths of the 73 names on the Meteorological Office Roll of Honour.

One of the names is that of Albert Alexander Thompson who was the Meteorological Air Observer on Halifax ST807. The aircraft was on a Bismuth sortie from Aldergrove when it disappeared about 80 minutes into the flight on 18 April 1947 The Times carried three brief items about the disappearance, one of which included a statement that the aircraft had radioed that it was returning with instrument trouble. The message, sent from 55N12W at 0919 GMT, was the last contact with the aircraft.

Although there is an official report of the loss in the RAF Museum, I would very much appreciate contact with anyone who has personal knowledge of the accident.
The crew of ST807 was:

S/L D L Bisgood, 27, Pilot
Pilot II J S Anderson, 24
F/Lt D J McMahon, 25
Nav II P B Higgins
Eng II R Miles, 24
F/Sgt A A Thompson, 23, MAO
Sig III F Orwin, 22
Eng II S Baldwin
Sig II D James, 23

Regards
Brian Booth

Catalina JX258


I am currently living in the Spanish Enclave of Melilla in Morocco. In the City cemetery there is a war grave of 9 RAF Officers NCO's and airmen who were killed on the 15th June 1944 when their Catalina JX258 crashed into high ground on Cap Tres `Forcas.

Local searches through archives reveal absolutely no details, but with Spain being 'Neutral' at this time there may have been a news blackout. My next stop is the National Archive when I am next in the UK, but if anyone can throw any light as to what a Catalina was doing overflying neutral territory some 140 miles from the neatest RAF station I would appreciate any information whatsoever.

Regards
David Palmer

Sgt R.A.Tiffen


I'm endeavouring to find details of a Sgt R.A.Tiffen RAF attached to 202 Sqn during WWII. My research so far has him killed in or around Malta 20 Nov 1942.

To finalise a part of family history could you forward any information re:

1. Time in service</li>
2. Duties
3. Where and when killed.
4. Grave and or memorial site.

Answers to any of the above would be most appreciated
Maurice Tiffen


Eric Charles Millard


I am interested in my grandfathers history. He was a aircrew signaller on costal command B-24 Liberators during WW2. I know that he had served with 202 sqaudron during or just after the second world war. I am some pictures (if any body has any of my grandfather. His name is Eric Charles Millard he ended his career as an acting warrant officer. Any information or pictures would be kindly appericated.
Thank you.
Shaun White.


Miguel Lozares


My name is Michel and I'm from Spain, I'm a volunteer of the Museo del Aire an I am writing a book about the Cats in Spain. I have info about some Catalinas of the 202 Sqn that crashed in Gibraltar area and one of them in Spanish Morocco. I would like to locate some photos of these Cats if it is possible please, I would like to include some photo in my book cause I have only information. These were the Cats



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