Hi Dave welcome to the site. I am sure that there will be someone out there who will be able to answer your questions about "Black Sunday".
Maybe your Dads log book could give some clues to the mission in question.
Feel free to ask questions there are some real experts who use the site who can point you in the right direction.
I look forward to seeing your photos.
I know this is a old thread but i thought i would post.
My grandfathers brother is the mentioned Nav Jack Upsall who is still alive and im sure he would remember your father and may have some pictures .
I know my grandfather has a picture of jack in front of a wellington but i dont know when it was taken or where.
I do hope you get to read this message as it would be great to get you in contact with jack about your father and im sure he would love to hear from you.
I have sent you a pm with my email address if you could get in contact.
Hello David and Brian,
I saw this topic whilst browsing the web for information on 40 squadron and joined the site in order to post a reply. My father is Ted Whitehead, the W/OP from this crew. I asked him about it and he remembers everyone and named them all before I could.
I think I may have a photocopy of the same photo that you both have.
Darren, My father mentioned that he last met Jack Upsall in a bank in the '60s and asked to be remembered to him.
7 years 11 months ago - 7 years 11 months ago#4217by FLUFF 40SQ
FLUFF 40SQ replied the topic: Re: Hello!!
Hi David, the "BLACK SUNDAY" written on the photo , was referring to the 4/2/45 when three Wellingtons crashed into hillsides in the areas of San Severo, San Nicandro and Aprecina due to low cloud. Thirteen crew members lost their lives.
I found this on the 40 Squadron operational records disc that i have , researching my dads crew, and i also found your dads name on one op for 40 Sq only 7/3/45 GEMONA M/YDS ( WELLINGTON LP 331 "B". CREW.......F/S FABER, SGT MASON, SGT WHITEHEAD, SGT SHANKLAND, SGT LAVERICK. It seems like the crew were moved on elsewhere. My dad was w/op on a flight piloted by F/S FABER , who stood in for his skipper once.
I have a copy of the bombing photo for the Gemona raid on 7/3/45, my father is the W/op Sgt Whitehead. I also have bombing photos from Verona 27/2/45, and several others from F/S Fabers crew and I can confirm they were still together and active up to and beyond the end of hostilities.