Dambusters - Can you help us find their final resting place and headstones!

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  1. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Dambusters: Where were their final resting places?

    Please see the edited version of where we are up to with this project - Hope you can assist!

    http://ww2talk.com/forums/topic/47907-dambuster-raid-survivors-of-ww2-dates-of-death-and-burial-details/?p=564004

    I thought this might be an interesting exercise for all, not just for me with the Australian involvement. The majority of course were British with other crew from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA. (any others?)

    Many died on the raid, many died not long after in 1943 and prior to the end of the war and some were POW. Many survived, do we know where they are buried? Can we gather photos of all their Headstones and Memorials to make a definitive album? Are there any who are still alive?

    Does anyone have a total list to post of those who participated so we can check them off one by one over the months/years?? ahead. (I know there are websites which list them all however I do not have it on a spreadsheet to post.

    There maybe some that you know of who survived the war and what they reverted to or did post war.


    I hope this will become a very interesting thread.

    My first is a "post war" burial and is listed on the next post!

    1st edit: We should possibly include the others involved - Sir Arthur Harris and Barnes Wallis.

    2nd edit: Addition of each crew in the three waves. Will be marked in red when Headstone & Personal Photo achieved.
     
  2. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Micky Martin (Harold Brownlow Morgan Martin KCB, DSO & Bar - DFC & Two Bars, AFC) and his crew also made a perfect hit on the Mohne Dam but failed to breach it. Micky Martin had a distinguished career during the war and in later life. Died age 70 on 3rd November 1988. Buried at Gunnersbury Cemetery in the western area of Chiswick in the borough of Hounslow. (Anybody live near for a photo?)

    http://www.dambusters.org.uk/docs/ha...gan_martin.pdf
     
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Can I add this if anyone gets stuck....I had the pleasure of meeting Vic Hallam the other week and he's a very nice chap.

    Dambusters
     
  4. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Can I add this if anyone gets stuck....I had the pleasure of meeting Vic Hallam the other week and he's a very nice chap.

    Dambusters

    Thanks for that Drew.

    Anything we get stuck on, Vic seems to be the man to speak to!
     
  5. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    The following is from ATB's "The Dams raid Through The Lens". BY Helmut Euler.

    The survivors from the raid can be identified.

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    I would ask that folks indulge me placing a photo of "Niggers" grave , I don't in any way intend this to be disrespectful being a dog owner I just feel he too was a part of the event in historical terms.

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    Sad that the poor animals grave has now to be protected from potential thieves.
     
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  6. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    Spidge

    Hope this helps from the Times of 29 Jan 1968
    Chris
     

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  7. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    The following is from ATB's "The Dams raid Through The Lens". BY Helmut Euler.

    The survivors from the raid can be identified.

    I would ask that folks indulge me placing a photo of "Niggers" grave , I don't in any way intend this to be disrespectful being a dog owner I just feel he too was a part of the event in historical terms.

    Sad that the poor animals grave has now to be protected from potential thieves.

    Thanks James,
    Great photos and info.

    There is a website which has the names listed like yours yet it has the nationality shown as well and if they survived the war.
     
  8. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Spidge

    Hope this helps from the Times of 29 Jan 1968
    Chris

    Hi Chris,

    That name does not show up on any of my lists?

    He was possibly with 617sq but not on the actual raid. It seems to read as he was.
     
  9. 52nd Airborne

    52nd Airborne Green Jacket Brat

    I have photos of the following graves/memorial:

    P/O L J Burpee
    P/O L G Weller
    W/O J G Brady
    Sgt W C A Long
    Sgt T Jaye
    W/O J L Arthur
    Sgt G Peglar

    P/O V W Byers

    W/C G P Gibson
    F/L R E G Hutchinson
    F/O F M Spafford
    F/L T H Taerum
    F/O G A Deering

    F/L J V Hopgood
    F/O G H F G Gregory
    Sgt J W Minchin
    Sgt C Brennan
    F/O K Earnshaw

    P/O C T Anderson
    F/S J P Nugent
    F/S E Ewan
    F/S G J Green
    Sgt A W Buck
    F/S W D Bickle
    Sgt R C Patterson

    P/O W Ottley
    Sgt R Marsden
    Sgt J Guterman
    Sgt H J Strange
    F/S T B Johnston
    F/O J K Barrett

    F/L W Astell
    Sgt J Kinnear
    P/O E A Wile
    F/S F A Garbas
    W/O A Garshowitz
    F/O D Hopkinson
    Sgt R Bolitho

    F/L R N G Barlow
    P/O A Gillespie
    F/O C R Williams
    F/O H S Glinz
    F/O P S Burgess
    P/O S L Whillis
    Sgt J R G Liddell

    S/L H E Maudslay
    Sgt J Marriott
    F/O R A Urquhart
    F/O W J Tyherleigh
    P/O M J D Fuller
    Sgt N R Burrows
    W/O A P Cottam

    Sgt D J D Powell

    Sgt D Allatson

    Sgt V Nicholson
     
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  10. 52nd Airborne

    52nd Airborne Green Jacket Brat

    I believe there are five veterans from the raid still alive:

    Ray Grayston - Lives in the UK
    George (Johnny) Johnson - Lives in the UK
    Les Munro - Lives in New Zealand
    Grant McDonald - Lives in Canada
    Fred Sutherland - Lives in Canada

    However, I stand corrected!
     
  11. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    Well done 52nd. I've got a list but James beat me to it.
     
  12. dovermarine

    dovermarine Senior Member

    Hi Everyone, I have a photo of FL LT DJ Maltby,s (SQD LDR. when he died) grave plus the church that he is buried at , St. Andrews. Wickhambreux, East Kent.
     
  13. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    I have photos of the following graves/memorial:

    P/O L J Burpee
    P/O L G Weller
    W/O J G Brady
    Sgt W C A Long
    Sgt T Jaye
    W/O J L Arthur
    Sgt G Peglar

    P/O V W Byers

    W/C G P Gibson
    F/L R E G Hutchinson
    F/O F M Spafford
    F/L T H Taerum
    F/O G A Deering

    F/L J V Hopgood
    F/O G H F G Gregory
    Sgt J W Minchin
    Sgt C Brennan
    F/O K Earnshaw

    P/O C T Anderson
    F/S J P Nugent
    F/S E Ewan
    F/S G J Green
    Sgt A W Buck
    F/S W D Bickle
    Sgt R C Patterson

    P/O W Ottley
    Sgt R Marsden
    Sgt J Guterman
    Sgt H J Strange
    F/S T B Johnston
    F/O J K Barrett

    F/L W Astell
    Sgt J Kinnear
    P/O E A Wile
    F/S F A Garbas
    W/O A Garshowitz
    F/O D Hopkinson
    Sgt R Bolitho

    F/L R N G Barlow
    P/O A Gillespie
    F/O C R Williams
    F/O H S Glinz
    F/O P S Burgess
    P/O S L Whillis
    Sgt J R G Liddell

    S/L H E Maudslay
    Sgt J Marriott
    F/O R A Urquhart
    F/O W J Tyherleigh
    P/O M J D Fuller
    Sgt N R Burrows
    W/O A P Cottam

    Sgt D J D Powell

    Sgt D Allatson

    Sgt V Nicholson

    Great collection 52nd!

    Do you want to add the photos to the thread?

    55 is a fantastic start.


    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  14. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Hi Everyone, I have a photo of FL LT DJ Maltby,s (SQD LDR. when he died) grave plus the church that he is buried at , St. Andrews. Wickhambreux, East Kent. Derek.

    Great Derek,

    Do you want to add the collection to the thread?

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  15. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    I think there was a Dambuster veterans funeral in my home town some time in the 90's. It may have been P/O Townsend, I'll have to investigate.
     
  16. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

  17. 52nd Airborne

    52nd Airborne Green Jacket Brat

    Great collection 52nd!

    Do you want to add the photos to the thread?

    55 is a fantastic start.


    Cheers

    Geoff

    Will do Geoff, What's the easiest way of posting 54 photos?

    I'm missing a few that are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Maybe Peter could fill in those, as I believe he lives in that vicinity?
     
  18. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Will do Geoff, What's the easiest way of posting 54 photos?

    I'm missing a few that are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Maybe Peter could fill in those, as I believe he lives in that vicinity?

    Did I miscount?

    Maybe Von Poop or another MOD may give you the preferred action. Some load 10 at a time however I have never tried it.

    Mod's??
     
  19. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    I'm missing a few that are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Maybe Peter could fill in those, as I believe he lives in that vicinity?

    Are any of the missing panels for Aussies?

    I have most of those!
     
  20. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

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