Discussion in 'Prisoners of War' started by Drew5233, Feb 2, 2011.
Another small file found on my hard drive coutesy of Brian - ADM199
11-12 May 1944
Lancaster II LL739 JI-M
The aircraft took off from Waterbeach to bomb railway yards and was shot up it is believed, by a Fw190 while leaving the target area. A fire started in the starboard inner engine and within seconds the entire wing was engulfed in flames. All baled out. P/O. Cunningham RNZAF landed on the roof of a cafe at Rixensart (Brabant) Belgium, while P/O. Winterford found himself on a nearby rail line where an alert German patrol thought they had caught a saboteur and before he could prove otherwise, he was shot in the leg. F/O. Ramsey and Sgt. Brown evaded capture for a while, but were eventually arrested by the Gestapo.
P/O. A B. Cunningham RNZAF pow
P/O. D A. Winterford pow – Held Luft III pow No.6510
F/O. R J. Ramsey pow
F/O. R. Brailsford evaded
Sgt. J W. Stone evaded
Sgt. F W. Brown evaded
Sgt. B L. Roberts evaded
The Leuven raid of 11-12 May 1944
105 Lancasters and 5 Mosquitoes of 3 and 8 Groups attacked the railway yards but the main weight of the bombing hit the railway workshops and nearby storage buildings. 4 Lancasters lost.
Bomber Command Losses Vol.5 – W R. Chorley
The Bomber Command War Diary – M. Middlebrook / C. Everitt
Footsteps On The Sands Of Time – O. Clutton-Brock
I have just made a query of a crash exactly one month before from the same squadron where all died but one.
I see you have placed pictures over here.
How can I see them?
For the moment I'm working on the crash of Lancaster LL739 from 514 sq.
Donald Albert Winterford passed away in 2005.
Thank you very much Alieneyes!!!!
Do you know there is also a picture from him?
Unfortunately the pictures were lost when the forum changed.
Hi alieneyes, I read your piece on Donald Albert Winterford with great interest. Donald was my 3rd Cousin 2 x removed. I am trying to put a story behind all of my relatives in the family tree, and in particular those with a military background. Could I ask for your permission to use your account of him credited with your name?
I didn't write it. I found that page (which now seems to be gone) online. Good thing the text was posted here. I would just thank the site, given that they don't seem to be online anymore.
Separate names with a comma.