My father was one of four brothers who served in the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force in WW2. Donald the eldest went into the bag when Hong Kong fell in December 1941 - he survived the sinking of Lisbon Maru and arrived in Japan in October 42. He was used as slave labour until his death from pneumonia and malnutrition in May 1944 . He had been attached to HMS Tamar - he was 23 when he died. http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/searching-someone-military-genealogy/15735-centre-research-allied-pows-under-japanese.html (Above shows a close up of him and the froup / intake photo at 4 ITW Bridlington , the same view today is almost unchanged - I have a photo of it somewhere. Standing on the exact same spsot , surveying the same view , about as close to him as I ever really got.) Jimmy enlisted in the RAF and was accepted for aircrew training as a pilot - this was discontinued after a few months and he remustered as an air gunner - from early 1943 he progressed via Air Gunnery scholls at Dalcrosss / OTU at Lossiemouth , HUC at Riccall to 158 squadron at Lisset , part of 4 Group. His crew went missing on their third operational flight , shot down by the MArine Flak battery "Vlieland West" on the night of 29th September 1943 . Jimmy's body was cast ashore on Ameland in Oct 43 - the only trace of the aircraft or crew to be found. He is buried in the Commonwealth Plot in Nes on the Island of Ameland. Above his grave as it was photographed post war and two photos of it taken on two visitis to Ameland - the last shows my youngest girl, then aged 13. ( She still views this as being one of her best trips away , she would go back in the morning). The flak claim from Vlieland West the Marine Flak unit which shot them down. Halifax HR715 / "E" . The ductch police report - I have that somewhere , it describes the discovery of the poor lad , his kit right down to the contents of his escape kit and what was sewn on his collars and the name tags on his socks. He was buried the same day in Nes following examination by a German doctor. My father is second from the left in the second row. May father joined the R.N> in 1941 forged his age to join and traded up as a signals man. He spent timeiin several areas , he did some of the early PQ runs to Russia , was on a destroyer which did one or two runs to St.Johns Newfoundland , spent time in Coastal Forces on the South Coast - he was on one of the MTBs sent out to attack the Brest Squadron when they forced the Channel in Feb. 1942 and was part of the naval force which lifted the Commando force off from Bruneval. He did time in the Med. Anzio was one of his "jobs". D-Day off Sword Beach and as a post script he was involve din the sinking of a U-Boat off the Isle of man in Spring 45 and was mustered to a boarding party which took several surrendered U-Boats from Loch Ryan to Lisahally on Lough Foyle close to his home in Londonderry. He spoke very little about the war - what I recall I was really only told once - at the right place at the right time - for him the war was a closed book - he saw his friendship with those he served with as being his best memories. One or two funny things from "Bob" - which I won't go into right now - his last leave home which he shared with Jimmy - shortly before he went on ops. He never quite got over his death , of all his brothers he was closest to him. Johnny the eldest brother served in Coastal Command , a ground crew electrician at St Enval. He emigrated to Canada post war. One of his sisters married an American officer mucha against the wishes of her mother , she retruned to the States with him and never again came home . Sadly her husband was killed in the landing s at Okinawa , shortly before the birth of their son. She stayed with her in laws in America , never returning home. Some of the expereicnes of one family and perhaps typical of so many.