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Name Rank (just a bit of fun) Job Description

Gary

Air Vice Marshal Air Vice Marshal

Overall site Admin/Owner

C/O of No. 178 Squadron - Admin

Roger Squadron Leader Squadron Leader C/O of No. 40 Squadron - Admin

Mike

Squadron Leader Squadron Leader C/O of No. 53 Squadron - Admin

Martin Bond

Squadron Leader Squadron Leader C/O of No. 99 Squadron - Admin

Peter Clare

Squadron Leader Squadron Leader C/O of No. 120 Squadron - Admin
Brian Squadron Leader Squadron Leader C/O of No. 215 Squadron - Admin
Colin Squadron Leader Squadron Leader C/O of No. 31 & 34 Squadrons SAAF - Admin

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Posted: 3 years 2 months ago by Wrekinboy #5603
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Good evening, I am trying to get information about my father, Douglas Charles SCOTT, who was ground crew in 160 Squadron in Sri Lanka from 1942 to 1945. Can anyone help? Many thanks
Posted: 3 years 4 months ago by caihooves #5592
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Hi
I am looking for any info on my Grandad.He was in the RAF during WW2 as was a AG in Egypt in an American plane.
I do not know anything else. Really hoping you can help?
many thanks Caroline
Posted: 5 years 8 months ago by brianj #4808
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Hi again
Here are a couple of links that might help
Www.rquirk.com/seac.html
Www.burmastar.org.uk/bowman.htm

Martin Bond used to have a web site for 99 Squadron but it does not appear to exist any more.

Regards
Brian
Posted: 5 years 8 months ago by brianj #4807
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Hi \"Old Dog\"
I have just noticed your posting ( been on holiday). One member of this site is Martin Bond who used to look after any queries on 99 Squadron ( I have not seen any postings from him lately). I am sure he would be able to help you. You could try sending him a private message from this site.
Martin supplied me with an excellent book called \"Survival of the Fortunate\" by John McCredie who was an airman with 99 Squadron and the book gives a good insight into life in India with the Squadron during the war.
I will see if there is any more information I can supply you with. Good luck in your search

Regards
Brian
Posted: 5 years 8 months ago by old dog #4806
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Good morning , I am trying to trace records of my uncle who was lost while serving with 99 squadron flying liberators out of the COCOS ISLANDS his name is P/O Leslie Samuel Drew
He was awarded the DFC while with 99 but I cannot find any mention of him on the DFC holders listings . the story is he was dropping supplies to ex jap pow\'s when he went missing .I would very much like to know the full story of his posthumous award
Regards A L Drew
Posted: 6 years 3 months ago by Gary #4732
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Hi Laura
I've got a book that details all of the Squadrons of the RAF I'll have a look and get back to you. They may not even of operated the B-24's.
Cheers
Gary
Posted: 6 years 3 months ago by Laura #4731
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Hi Gary,
I have been trying now many times to find out anything about my Father who served with the RAF in the 547th Squadron/AIR 27 from 1942-1945 in the Coastal Command, however I can not find even anything for 547th squadron! Could you guide me please!
Kind regards

Laura
Posted: 6 years 4 months ago by Gary #4727
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Hi Simon, I've searched my emails and I've not had any from you, The only Frampton I have record of is a Sgt Frampton who served with 178 Squadron.
Please contact me directly if you have anything else I can go on.
Thanks
Gary
Posted: 6 years 4 months ago by 991spf #4726
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Hi!
Please confirm you have received my request for information about my father, W/O Jack Frampton (Flight Engineer), deceased.
Thank you
Simon Frampton
Posted: 6 years 4 months ago by oibert #4725
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NoelGoodisson wrote: Hi Folks,
My Dad J P "Paddy" Goodisson served as Rear Gunner with 159 and then 358 squadrons in India. I have all of his photos including those of other Good folk unknown to me. Dad returned to Ireland after the war and never kept in touch with his old comrades as far as I am aware. I have been in touch with Matt Poole
in the US who has provided the family with excellent Information. Dad does appear in some of the personnel photos on this site and is correctly identified by Matt in one of the photos on the site. Dad died in 2003 2 weeks before his 83rd birthday in Limerick Ireland.
Do you guys want his other photos for your site ?
Best Regards
Noel Goodisson

hi Noel, i note with interest that your father served with 358 sqd as did my father. would you happen to have any photos of his time there? i would be most interested to see any you may have to try putting together my fathers time at 358. Regards Oibert
Posted: 6 years 4 months ago by Gary #4724
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All of the 100 Group Libs that I've seen were painted black most with the front nose turret removed.
Posted: 6 years 4 months ago by Wheelz #4723
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Hi there

I am wondering if you guys or anyone has any info or specifically images of the B-24H and J Liberators flown by the RAF 223 Squadron that where based at Oulton. They flew special electronic and interference missions.

I only ask as my wife's grandfather Sergeant Sam Leach was a Tail Gunner how survived the 54 sorties the W-William B-24 flew and I would like to make a scale model of this exact aircraft in honour of her grandfather who sadly I didn't get to meet before he passed away.

The book '100 Group (Bomber support) RAF bomber command in WWII' makes both reference to him and has a photo of his crew and part of the aircraft on page 90. There is also mention of him and the same photo in 'Special ops liberators 223 (Bomber support) Squadron, 100 group, and the electric war'. Here his crew are mentioned on page 54, and refer to the aircraft as TT343 6G-W.

Would this aircraft have been painted all black as it looks in the photo I have mentioned above or would it of had the same colour scheme as the B-17's in the squadron?

Thnaks
Posted: 6 years 5 months ago by brianj #4650
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Hi Derek
I have found details of a possible mid air collision which occurred on 3rd Dec 1944 when two 99 Squadron liberators collided on the way to a target. The pilots were P/O Harrison, N. (from Australia)  and F/O Jones, G. E. (from Canada). The other crew members were not named in the ops record book (as far as I could see)
According to Robert Quirks site ( www.rquirk.com/lib99.html ) the two Liberators were EW286 and KG973.
There is a mention of the collision in the book "Survival of the Fortunate" by John McCredie who was a pilot with 99 Squadron
Martin Bond used to have a web site for 99 Squadron but I can't find it at the moment. He is a member of this site so it may be worth sending him a private message as I am sure he will have a lot more information.
If I find any more information I will let you know.
Regards
Brian
Posted: 6 years 5 months ago by Gary #4649
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Is the pope Catholic? :)
Hello Noel and many thanks for the offer you can email me direct at
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say hi to Matt it's been too long since I bothered him.
Sorry to hear about your dad, sad to say not too many of that generation left :(
Posted: 6 years 5 months ago by NoelGoodisson #4648
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Hi Folks,
My Dad J P "Paddy" Goodisson served as Rear Gunner with 159 and then 358 squadrons in India. I have all of his photos including those of other Good folk unknown to me. Dad returned to Ireland after the war and never kept in touch with his old comrades as far as I am aware. I have been in touch with Matt Poole in the US who has provided the family with excellent Information. Dad does appear in some of the personnel photos on this site and is correctly identified by Matt in one of the photos on the site. Dad died in 2003 2 weeks before his 83rd birthday in Limerick Ireland.
Do you guys want his other photos for your site ?
Best Regards
Noel Goodisson
Posted: 6 years 5 months ago by Lesley01 #4647
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My Uncle, William Greensmith was a Flying Officer and a radio operator in Liberators in Italy. I believe his aircraft was Q for Queenie and I would like to find out which was his squadron and if possible his service record etc.
Posted: 6 years 5 months ago by Derek Stocker #4646
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Dear Sir/s.

One of my elderly residents just informed me that here first husband WILLIAM BURROWS was killed in a mid-air collision over the Bay of Bengal between two Liberators.
Possibly she thinks 99 Sq???
But may be another.
Have you any ideas please. She is 90 years of age and recently started to mention her first husband, she is possibly going into care home soon and I would love to give her some information about him.
Many thanks for any help.
Kind regards.
Derek Stocker.
Posted: 6 years 11 months ago by Gary #4589
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Thanks James that's tops of you mate,
Talking of Australia I finally located my grandfather's pilot (the reason I started this site about 16 years ago) a year or so ago in Australian, sadly he had died and since then his son who I was in contact with has recently died as well.
They both served briefly in 355 Squadron as well, I don't have any info to hand about your father but I'll keep an eye out next time I'm going through the records.
Posted: 6 years 11 months ago by James #4588
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Hi Gary, My father Charles Edward (Ted) Martyn was an Australian pilot with the 355 Squadron. I believe his plane was called T for Terry (named in honour of his girlfriend and later his wife)
My brother has his flight log, still exceedingly legible. Ted passed away in 1981 - at his funeral another 355 pilot was there - Les Jefferies, who I dare say has also passed on. Any information/photos I can get I'll scan in and send across.
Posted: 7 years 6 months ago by Gary #4477
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Hi Mark
I could of sworn I had a higher res one than this



But it appears that I don't but I know a place where who will have one, if you contact Sheila (assuming she still runs the place) at www.sheba-imports.com she will help you out, tell her I sent you (you might have to mention that it's acseac.co.uk). They have done some fantastic crests for the Squadrons, I've helped them in the past and vice versa, they even sent me my Grandfathers Squadron blazer badges.
I'll keep looking but I think I've covered it all now.
Thanks
Gary
PS if you do get one can you send it to me as well?
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Posted: 7 years 6 months ago by Gary #4472
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Hi Mark
Yes I believe I may have one, I know Peter and your Grandmother, also knew Mike (your dad?) So glad to hear that Peter is still plodding along he's a great man. I used to love going to the reunions and the Armistice days up at the RAF memorial.
I'll dig it out and let you know.
Cheers
Gary
Posted: 7 years 6 months ago by pjgrandson #4471
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Hello. My grand father Peter Jones served with 356 Squadron on Roy Colliers crew as a co pilot. It is coming up to his 90th Birthday and we are attempting to get his squadrons crest engraved onto a whisky glass. I have searched the net for a hi res imaged but can not find one.

Do you have a hi res image of this crest or do you know where I would be able to get one.

Many thanks.

Mark Jones
Posted: 7 years 8 months ago by Gary #4283
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Hi Henry
I'm also to sorry to hear of your loss, of course you can have a copy of Night Rider. If you want to send me a link to the photos I'll try to find the original and see if it's a better copy if you want?
Just click on the bubble under my Picture to send me a Private message.
Cheers
Gary
Posted: 7 years 8 months ago by Henry #4278
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My father has recently passed away, and I have a photograph of him in 1945 standing next to RAF liberator 'Night Rider' I believe at RAF Foggia Naples. His name was Ron Holt and a tail gunner. Would any one out there know him. I would also like permission to copy the photo of Night rider on your web site, I believe Ron is the second to left in the picture. Many thanks Henry Holt
Posted: 7 years 9 months ago by Gary #4262
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Heya Ruth, I'm up here on the North Island, I live in a small town (by English standards) called Te Awamutu. I've been running this site for about 15 years now, we came to New Zealand about 7 years ago, I was meant to retire (at 40) and spend lots of time on the site but it didn't work out that way on both accounts.