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#1 ronald

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Posted 06 November 2009 - 11:12 PM

Behind the scenes we are working that this woman will be officialy awarded by the MoD and/or RAF. We don't know yet if we succeed
but we do our utmost best.

Please read the full story here.

Beesel Cemetery

If you agree with us that this woman deserves a "Thank You" please use
the EMAIL button and thank her in your own words. We will collect all
the "THANK YOU's" and give them to her on the 4th of may 2010.

Thanks in advance

Ron

Edited by ronald, 09 May 2010 - 01:23 PM.

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#2 Drew5233

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Posted 06 November 2009 - 11:36 PM

You can just see his headstone in this link:

:poppy: CWGC :: Certificate :poppy:
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#3 englandphil

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 08:12 AM

Behind the scenes we are working that this woman will be officialy awarded by the MoD and/or RAF. We don't know yet if we succeed
but we do our utmost best.

Please read the full story here.

Beesel Cemetery

If you agree with us that this woman deserves a "Thank You" please use
the EMAIL button and thank her in your own words. We will collect all
the "THANK YOU's" and give them to her on the 4th of may 2010.

Thanks in advance

Ron


Ron, excellent piece of work.
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#4 KevinBattle

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 10:06 AM

Details extracted from Googling:-
HK569 (AA-Q) was one of seven 75 Squadron Lancasters lost on this operation. See ME752; ND752; ND800; ND915; PA967; ME691. Airborne 2238 20 Jul 44 from Mepal. Crashed 0125 21 Jul 44 into the Maas near Kessel (Limburg), 9 km SSW of Venlo, Holland. Of those killed, F/S Hiscox is buried in Beesel Roman Catholic cemetery, (the only CWGC grave) but the others are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
F/S N.D. Davidson RNZAF KIA
Sgt R.G.Sloman KIA
Sgt A.E.J.Goddard KIA
Sgt T.G.Little PoW
Sgt D.Corris KIA
Sgt R.S.Lang KIA
F/S H.J.Hiscox KIA
Sgt T.G.Little was interned in Camp L7, PoW No.52469.

From these stark details it appears that there was only time for the tail gunner (Hiscox) and Sgt Little to bale out. By the time F/S Hiscox had rotated his turret to get out, it seems it was too low for his parachute to open in time. It may be that the aircraft was spinning out of control, preventing them baling out.
Can any more information be provided about this raid. To lose 7 from one Squadron must have been a massacre worse than usual.
I'd like to find out as much as possible about this particular raid. What further details can we find?
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#5 ronald

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 10:54 AM

Thanks Kevin and also for taking the time to thank 'TINY' .
Hope others will follow your example so we can give her a thank you out of the UK wich she never received!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cmon Guys, don't be shide, it only takes a few minutes of your live and it
means so much.


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#6 Drew5233

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 11:17 AM

I tried but my outlook failed. I'd rather cut and paste the addy into my hotmail account :)
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Posted 07 November 2009 - 11:30 AM

The Homberg Raid 20/21 July 1944


147 Lancasters and 11 Mosquitos of Nos 1, 3 and 8 Groups attacked the oil plant at Homberg and caused severe damage. German documents show that the production of aviation fuel, which had stood at nearly 6,000 tons per day at the end of April, was now fluctuating between 120 and 970 tons per day, following Bomber Command and American Eighth Air Force raids. But German night fighters caught the Homberg bomber force and 20 Lancasters were lost. No 75 (New Zealand) Squadron, from Mepal, lost 7 of its 25 aircraft on the raid.
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In remembrance of my father Sgt S. Clare R.A.F Missing from operations 13th August 1942. Never Known, Forever Loved.


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Posted 07 November 2009 - 11:37 AM

I tried but my outlook failed. I'd rather cut and paste the addy into my hotmail account :)


The E-mail adres is beesel(at)market-garden.info. Thanks

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 12:51 AM

I tried but my outlook failed. I'd rather cut and paste the addy into my hotmail account :)


Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:(


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#10 ronald

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 11:55 PM

The good news is that we have the full cooperation of the RAF Bomber Command Assn who will be in Holland anyway for the 65th anniversary
of the liberation of Holland. Much is going to happen but I can't say anything about it yet....it will be big!!!!
The downside is that only 4 people took the time to say a word of thank
from the UK to the woman who tended 45 years long a forgotten grave
of a RAF man.


Thank you all

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 12:41 AM

sent you a mail under msteffan addy Ronald a few weeks ago. As with Drew first link didnt work.
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#12 ronald

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 08:22 AM

sent you a mail under msteffan addy Ronald a few weeks ago. As with Drew first link didnt work.


Haven't received it nor the one from Drew, don't know what went wrong then. Thanks anyway.
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Posted 20 November 2009 - 08:56 AM

I know mate so I sent another under modoracle using not using outlook. Iknow you got that as you thanked me for it.. Maybe other folk on here had similar problems which may explain the low numbers. Just a thought as it took me 3 attempts mate.
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Posted 20 November 2009 - 10:34 AM

Ronald
What a great photo of that lovingly tended grave. it looks a work of love and devotion.
I do hope he has relatives who have a chance to see this photo.
Must go, too much dust swirling into my eyes.
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#15 ronald

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 07:09 PM

We are happy to announce that a letter has been sent to Tiny by
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton KCB ADC BSc FRAeS FCMI RAF.
Will post the content later.

Cheers

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 09:50 AM

Please add our Thanks to Tiny and to all others who lovingly tend the graves of aircrew and others who gave their lives and whose families may never have the chance to stand there to say their farewells.
"Would some kind soul lay flowers from a Mothers heart" is sometimes seen on headstones.
How wonderful to know that it has been done.
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#17 ronald

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 01:24 PM

Letter send to Tiny, from the Chief of the Air Staff, ofcourse her's copy is signed.

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 03:24 PM

Nice one Ronald, I surprised by the lack of response from the RAF members on here. A very well done to her.

Cheers
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Posted 09 December 2009 - 03:34 PM

It cheers me to see such effort and dedication finding proper thanks. It was also a pleasure to see how tastefully the grave is being kept.
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Posted 09 December 2009 - 04:40 PM

Nice one Ronald, I surprised by the lack of response from the RAF members on here. A very well done to her.

Cheers
Andy


We have about 15 reponses sofar, here and on the MoD Oracle and we will translate them and give it to her next year.

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Posted 15 December 2009 - 02:28 PM

Hi all

Just to let you know I have emailed the link to the secretary of 75 (NZ) Sqn, Sgt Glen Turner (RNZAF) and also sent Tiny an email to say thank you.

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#22 ronald

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Posted 15 December 2009 - 03:04 PM

Thank you very much Dee, I recieved your Mail and we will give it to
Tiny at the 4th of May 2010 when there will be a commemoration. If all goes well there will be TV stations and also RAF Bomber command.
Thanks also for forwarding the link..highly appreciated.

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Posted 15 December 2009 - 04:14 PM

Ronald you might like to contact Sgt Glen Turner (new zealand branch) direct on 75SQN.ASSNZ@windowslive.com or Kevin King (UK branch) on kevinfking@talktalk.net about it aswell.

Dee :poppy:
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Posted 16 December 2009 - 02:41 PM

I have (hopefully) added my thank you email to your list
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Posted 16 December 2009 - 07:05 PM

As a serving member of the RAF, I have added my thanks to Tiny. I would have done earlier had I noticed the thread; there was (and I am sure that I speak for my comrades) no intent to ignore this request.

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Remembering my good mates Flt Lt Al Squires and CXX/3 who died in Afghanistan on 2 Sep 06.

And Sqn Ldr Ant Downing who died of wounds received in Afghanistan on 23 Dec 11 - another one of the best.

Also remembering my ggf Pte Thomas Roberts who fought for his country in The Great War and died on 25 Sep 15 at Loos.

And my gf Pte Thomas Roxburgh who fought for his country in the Second World War and survived.

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Posted 29 April 2010 - 02:57 PM

Thank you all who have taken the time to thank Tiny, the commemoration at the grave of Flt/Sgt Henry Hiscox will be the 4th of May and the
''thank yous'' will be presented to her.
She will also go to Soesterber Airfield where there will be an official meeting with RAF Bomber Command and some VIPS.
Again, thank you all, not one single grave shall be forgotten guys!!!!!

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Posted 29 April 2010 - 04:33 PM

Thats brilliant news. Thank you for keeping us posted on the excellent outcome. :0
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Posted 30 April 2010 - 09:56 AM

I have just come across the detail of this post and the everlasting dedication of Tiny Claessen to attend to one of our Bomber Command graves.Sincere thanks to Tiny and her family for her dedication in caring for F/S Hiscox's grave since the war's end.

I would think here should be an account of the May 4th proceedings in the Bomber Command Association Newsletter No 60 and also a report by the RAFA.

CWGC do not have to be too concerned over the care of these isolated graves.Local people remember the sacrifice of the British nation and have shown their thanks in treating these graves as family graves as Tiny has done.

I was also impressed with the care of the RAF graves on the Ile de Noirmoutier where our fallen from air operations against German U Boat bases are buried.Each All Saints Day (November 1st), when it is a French custom to make special visits to family graves,the locals also adorn the RAF graves with flowers.Many of these graves carry ceramic plaques entitled "Regrets" placed there by the locals.

Regarding Mepal.When visiting the site and referring to the wartime layout,I concluded that there must have been a tremendous impact on the villages of Mepal,The Grove and Sutton as the airfield enveloped the villages.The road between Ely and Chatteris was closed and had a runway transversing it.This closure must have required large detours between the these two fenland towns.Additionally the Old Bedford river,running south west to north east forms a boundary to seal off Mepal.

There is a pub in Sutton which has a decent display of wartime photgraphs of No 75 (NZ) Squadron and those who served at Mepal.Worth visiting for a pint and viewing of RAF history.The airfield was recovered enough during 1959-1963 to accomodate a single RAF squadron equipped with 3 Thor missiles.

Here is a photgraph of the No 75 NZ Squadron memorial at Mepal.From the memorial, through the now removed dispersals, roughly at the intersection of two runways is now situated a 40mw straw burning power plant.Hardly now recognised as an a former airfield.

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Posted 09 May 2010 - 01:30 PM

Here are 3 pictures from Soesterberg Airbase.

Tiny with Air Commodore Charles Clarke OBE
http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=139&pictureid=2048


Tiny with 3 Vets (Former Air Gunners) and she received a painting signed
by the Vets.
http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=139&pictureid=2049

http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=139&pictureid=2050




Ron.....

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 09:43 AM

What a lovely lady! So nice to see her and able to put a face with a Name!!
Thanks again, Tiny!! I hope you made some more friends!
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