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Did You Serve With A Bomber Squadron During WWII?

Aircrew, Groundcrew, WAAF, other

As part of an ongoing project, I wish to create a section on this web-site devoted to the experiences of all who served with Lancaster Squadrons during WWII. I intend to include air crew, ground crew, WAAFs, and the other support services. If you think you can help with this project, please contact me


Bob Holotnak of Calgary, Alberta, Canada is interested in producing a documentary about the crew of Lancaster ND811 which was flown by Sqdn Ldr Bazalgette to attack Trossy St Maxim on August 4th 1944. As a result of this operation, Sqdn Ldr Bazalgette was awarded a posthumous VC.

Bob wishes to contact the families of the crew.

CAMERON, Douglas of Kenmore, Perthshire, Scotland
HIBBERT, Ivan Alderwin of Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England
LEEDER, Vernon Victor Russell of Saint Kilda, Victoria Australia
BAZALGETTE, Ian Willoughby of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
TURNER, George Richard
GODFREY, Charles Randall of Buntingford, Hertfordshire,England
GODDARD, Geoffrey of Redcar, Guisborough, Yorkshire,England

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Albert Metselaar is researching the history of Lancaster ND 704 of the 635 Pathfinder Squadron, that crashed in march 1944 in the Hollandscheveld area in Drenthe, Holland. He is seeking anyone who knew Wilfred Still, Bill Sanders, John Lane Tillam and the other men of the crew who were all killed in the crash. On that last flight Nobby Clark was ill, and stayed in England. What happend to Nobby Clark? He survived the war, but is he still alive? He is the man second from left (back row) Is there anyone who has other pictures of the crewmembers? Who flew with them in other Lancasters, on their last flight, in the night from 24 on 25 march 1944, and remembers that flight? Please contact Albert Metselaar, Van Leeuwenhoekstraat 44, 7908 BL Hoogeveen,


Keith Gould is trying to develop the history of the crew of Lancaster NF975 UL-J2 of 576 Sqdn

On the night 0f 20 - 21 February 1945 Lancaster I NF 975 UL - J2 of 576 Sqdn took off from Fiskerton to attack Dortmund. The crew were lost without trace.

F/O R S Bastick Pilot, Sgt F G J Martin F/Engr, F/S W G Frost RAAF Nav,
F/S W V Bibby B/Aim, F/S J Coates W/Op,Sgt HA Sargent Air Gunner AG Sgt R L Swaffer AG

My late father F/S Douglas Gould was the original Wireless Operator with this crew, but was grounded due to injuries received on a mission to Dortmund in late November 1944. He was due to replace F/S Coates on this mission. F/S Coates may have almost completed his tour.

Richard (Dick) Bastick was a Londoner. Victor (Vic) Bibby was of Welsh origin but had served previously as a policeman in the Derbyshire Force. The two young airgunners: Sergeants Robert (Bob) Swaffer from Kent and Henry Sargent was from London. The navigator Sergeant William ( Bill) Frost came from Sydney, Australia.

The crew, including my father, completed the following missions:

Bochum 4/11/44, Gelsenkirchen 6/11/45, Wanne Eichel 9/11/44, Dortmund 11/11/44, Duren 16/11/44,
Aschaffenburg 21/11/44, Dortmund 29/11/44

F/S J Coates would have replaced my father in the crew at this point.

Gelsenkirchen 29/12/44, Royan 3/1/45, Merseburg 14/1/45, Zeitz 16/1/45, Duisberg 22/1/45, Ludwigshafen 1/2/45
Wiesbaden 2/2/45, Bottrop 3/2/45, Dortmund 20/2/45

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Alan Buxton of 617 Squadron

Alan Buxton served as a Navigator with 617 Sqdn and has sent this photograph of the ground crew responsible for LM489 - KC-A which was taken about February 1945.

617 Sqdn Crew Photo

Do you recognise anyone? If so, please email Alan's son John


In the afternoon of Oct. 28th 1944 Lancaster III ND 709 (J) of N 635 RAF Sqn. on a raid to Cologne, made a forced landing with 2 stbd. eng. damaged by Flak on our small and at that time disused airfield of Moorsele/belgium. Repaired by the R.U. of N 145 Wing it was able to return to Downham Market on Oct.30th 1944. Working on the WW I & II history of our village I'm trying to find the crew (or next of kin) of that flight. F/O. R.W. Toothill - F/O. J.B. Luard - Sgt. J.A. Davies - Sgt. W.W. Colvin - Sgt. F.W. Stone - Sgt. F.W. Coombes - Sgt. S.H. Fortune. Any help greatly appreciated   Thank you very much in advance.  

Lothair Vanoverbeke, Vanhoornelaan 85, B8560, Moorsele Belgium. Please e-mail Lothair


Ian Hayes has been researching the loss of Short Stirling BF579 LS-V of 15 Sqdn which was shot down by Oblt Paul Szameitat of II./NJG3 at 01:28 on the night of 03-04/07/1943 whilst minelaying in the Nectarine Region. He wishes to make contact with the families of this crew as he has information which they might find of interest.

Crew Photo

Back row left to right:.....1) Sgt Frank Albert Dalton..2) Sgt Victor Harrisson Shea..3) Sgt Joseph Eccles.

....4) Sgt William Henry Dickinson

Front Row Left to Right: ....5) Sgt James Joseph Close...6) Sgt John Hall ..7) Sgt James Anderson Davie

Please e-mail Ian Hayes:          


"Prior to my father being attached to his pilot, he flew with a Johnny Long. Johnny was later released from flying due to ear problems." Below is a photo taken at a wedding party. David Lyons is trying to trace the officer on the left. Do you know what happened to him? Do you remember him? The photograph was taken circa 1944/45.The two airmen on the right were part of my fathers crew. If you can help, please e-mail David.


Wedding Photo



Jeff Hopkins is trying to find details of his Uncle, Warrant Officer Len Green, who was the rear gunner (far right). He believes this photo was taken with 186 Squadron. Can you identify this Lancaster, or any of the crew, seen here in the latter stages of the war? The Pilot is possibly F/O Atwell. e-mail Jeff

Restored Photo

Unrestored Photo

As you can see, this photograph was in a battered condition when I received it. The restoration was made by Alan Chambers and I am pleased to give him a credit for this splendid work. If you have a WWII aircraft photograph in similar condition,

please e-mail Alan direct.

Were you a WAAF serving at Elvington 28 November 1943 ?

Could this be you, or maybe someone you know?

Flt/Lt. Phil Buttar of 619 Sqdn, writes:-

Nov. 28/43: We were to leave Elvington at 15:30 hrs. changing trains at Doncaster and Retford for Lincoln. It was at this point I want to show you how considerate and committed people were, all over England, but especially at Elvington. When we reached Elvington train station, our transport driver, a WAAF, who had been driving us around to our aircraft and picking up the bits and pieces etc. realized that aircrew do not carry any money on them ( at least not the King’s money), gave me an envelope, not to be opened until we were on the train.
When we opened it, there was a "pound note" in it. Bless her heart - she could probably ill afford it! We were never able to thank her as we did not know who she was but if you can mention it on your noticeboard, I would like to think that she or her family may read about it and then even at this late date, I can thank her. We arrived home about midnight.


If you can identify anything from the above, no matter how small, please e-mail me