Photos of Headstones and Memorials of RAAF Australians still Required around the World.

Discussion in 'War Grave Photographs' started by spidge, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. Little Friend

    Little Friend Senior Member

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    I took these Saturday 15-08-2015 at St Peter and At Paul's church Lavenham, Suffolk. What a coincidence of that town's name.
     
  2. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

  3. Little Friend

    Little Friend Senior Member

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    From the same area as above.
     
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  4. Little Friend

    Little Friend Senior Member

    http://ww2talk.com/forums/topic/47096-b25-crew-memorial-buckinghamshire/
    http://www.aircrewremembered.com/ledgerwood-john.html

    Hi Spidge, Not sure if I have posted up this memorial before? can't see it. I was told about this one by a friend of the Aircrew Remembrance Society.
    Walking over the wrong fields for a mile or so we met a woman of about 30 with her young daughter, asking for directions she informed us that her Grandfather was a tail gunner on Lancaster bombers based in Lincolnshire !! How's that for coincidence !!!
     
  5. Little Friend

    Little Friend Senior Member

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    Another brave soul for you spidge. I took these at Earith, Cambridgeshire about 2001.
     
  6. Little Friend

    Little Friend Senior Member

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    Saw this yesterday at Runnymede, but within the RAF section.
     
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  7. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Thanks Little Friend.

    Details of the loss.

    RAAF 415358 Flt Lt Roberts, Kimberley, DFC, Captain (Pilot) Born Bunbury, Western Australia. He was 21 years old.

    RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT IN ROYAL AIR FORCE
    SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS IN WORLD WAR 2 AND MISSING WITH
    NO KNOWN GRAVE.
    415358 Flight Lieutenant ROBERTS, Kimberley DFC
    Source:
    NAA: A705, 166/36/200
    Aircraft Type: Lancaster
    Serial number: LL 783
    Radio call sign:
    Unit: 619 Sqn RAF
    Summary:
    Lancaster LL 783 of 619 Sqn RAF took off from RAF Station Dunholme Lodge, Lincoln,
    at 0055 hours on 7 June 1944 to attack Caen, France, and failed to return to base.
    Crew:
    RAAF 415358 Flt Lt Roberts, K, DFC, Captain (Pilot)
    RAF Sgt Forrest, J (Flight Engineer)
    RAF PO Lott, J W (Navigator)
    RAF Flt Sgt DeViall, W H (Air Bomber)
    RAF Flt Sgt Tucker, J H (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
    RAF Flt Sgt Williams, L E (Mid Upper Gunner)
    RAF FO Wyand, G H (Rear Gunner)
    Following post war enquiries and investigations, the remains of FO Wyand, PO Lott and
    Flt Sgt Williams were located and re-interred at Bayeaux British Cemetery, France, and
    those of Flt Sgt Tucker buried at Tilly-Sur-Seules, France.
    The remains of the remaining member of the crew including Flt Lt Roberts (RAAF)
    could not be located and they have no known grave.
    Citation:
    DFC: PO Roberts of 619 Sqn was pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Stuttgart one night
    in March 1944. Whilst over the target area, the rear gunner Flt Sgt King (RAAF),
    reported an enemy aircraft closing in to attack. PO Roberts took the necessary evading
    action but the bomber was hit by the enemy’s bullets and sustained damage. Even so he
    cleverly manoeuvred to a position from which the rear gunner was able to engage the
    enemy. Following a well burst of fire from his guns, the enemy aircraft was seen to dive
    towards the ground, out of control and with its engines on fire. PO Roberts then
    completed his bombing run and afterwards flew the damaged aircraft to base. This officer
    displayed commendable skill, courage and devotion to duty. The rear gunner at the time
    was also awarded a DFM.
     
  8. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Requirements have been updated today. If anyone can assist with those that are outstanding, I would be most appreciative.

    DaveB has found another Australian in the RAF killed on the first day of the German invasion of Norway in 1940. The Pilot of the Sunderland was RAAF. 9 of the ten crew were killed.

    Can anyone assist with a photo of this grave?
    UPHAM, DOUGLAS WILLIAM BAILEY Leading Aircraftman 562805 210sq RAF 9-04-1940 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve UK SYLLING CHURCHYARD Norway

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  9. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member

    With the assistance of some nice people in Canada I think we can close of the account for RAAF burials in that country

    I now have in my possession the following photos from Metis Beach & Goose Bay (plus general shots of each cemetery):


    Metis Beach

    Leading Aircraftman Eric William Astell 1603562 RAF - Son of George Frederick and May Ethel Astell, of Twickenham, Middlesex, England.

    Leading Aircraftman Charles Thomas Davey 1655011 RAF - Son of Charles and Lena Davey, of Roath, Cardiff, Wales.

    Captain Brian James Duigan RAF Transport Command - Son of Major General Sir John Evelyn Duigan, K.B.E., C.B., D.S.O. and of Lady Duigan (nee Hanley), of New Zealand.

    Leading Aircraftman Ambrose Michael Andrew Goddard 1808780 RAF - Son of Lt.-Col. A. W. Goddard, M.C. and Mrs. Goddard, of Seabrook, Kent, England.

    Corporal Frederick William Jones 1581509 RAF - Son of Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Jones, of Riddings, Derbyshire, England.

    Leading Aircraftman Irwin Jack Shaw 413494 RAAF - Son of John Henry and Emelie Shaw; husband of Kathleen Mary Shaw, of Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia.

    Leading Aircraftman Kenneth George Weal 413287 RNZAF - Son of Arthur Thomas Weal and Christina Weal, of Pukeatua, Auckland, New Zealand.

    Warrant Officer Sidney George Witherspoon 1393612 RAF - Son of Joseph and Mary Witherspoon, of Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham, England j husband of Elsie Witherspoon, of Pelton Fell, Co. Durham.


    Goose Bay


    Flying Officer Andrew Seton Campbell Royal Australian Air Force 408965 - Son of Dr. Frederick Harper Campbell and Agnes Brougham Campbell, of Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia.

    Private Philip Larry Desjardins New Brunswick Rangers, R.C.I.C. G/21065 - Son of Larry and Mary Desjardins, of Edmunston, New Brunswick.

    Private Francis Joseph Doiron New Brunswick Rangers, R.C.I.C. G/27847 - Son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Doiron, of Shediac, New Brunswick.

    Private Harold Edward Snowdon New Brunswick Rangers, R.C.I.C. G/28355 - Son of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Snowdon, of Wood Point, New Brunswick; husband of Elizabeth Snowdon, of Wood Point.


    The "Lest-we-Forget" Cemetery in Goose Bay contains 32 CWGC burials, 28 of the war graves contain airmen, most of whom were killed when their aircraft crashed in this area.

    Of these, 21 airmen belonged to the Royal Canadian Air Force, two to the Royal Air Force, one to the Royal Australian Air Force, three to the RAF Ferry Command and one to the RAF Transport Command. In the remaining war graves are buried four Canadian soldiers.

    Details of one of the aircraft losses - Boston BZ385 of RAF Ferry Command crashed near Goose Bay on 10-Mar-43 - killed were Flying Officer Andrew Seton CAMPBELL 408965 RAAF / Kenneth W QUAYLE (American Civilian - Pilot) / Albert BEFUS (Canadian Civilian - RO)
     
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  10. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Fantastic Dave - Thanks to you and those who assisted.
     
  11. Little Friend

    Little Friend Senior Member

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    I took these at East Kirkby Heritage centre on Remembrance sunday November 13th 2016.
     
  12. Little Friend

    Little Friend Senior Member

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    I took these at North Rauceby, Lincolnshire. Remembrance Sunday November 13th 2016.
    The best that I could do in the fading light with my camera batteries failing. Will take some better daylight photos next year.
     
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  13. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Thanks Little Friend for both Memorials - Great photos all the same with the fading light.
     
  14. jeffbubble

    jeffbubble Senior Member

  15. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Good site Jeff.

    You passed on the 12 RAAF to me and it was much appreciated.

    Cheers
     
  16. Little Friend

    Little Friend Senior Member

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    Clavering Church 1991-3

    Plaque in Clavering Church
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    Clavering Church 1991-3

    Plaque in Clavering Church
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  17. Little Friend

    Little Friend Senior Member

    Clavering is in Essex. Don't know why it's uploaded twice ? Could one of the mods please delete one half. Many thanks.
    Never have been able to find out why the RAAF is remembered in this church?
     
  18. Little Friend

    Little Friend Senior Member

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  19. Little Friend

    Little Friend Senior Member

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    I took these photographs at St Marys church Kempsford, Gloucestershire. on 18-04-1990.
     
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  20. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Thanks Little Friend.

    Received the photos by email.

    Cheers

    Geoff
     

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