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In addition, if any 37 squadron researchers have similar queries they need assistance with I would be happy to post them here if I am unable to provide the answers myself.
Thank you - any information is greatly appreciated.
LP259 "Y" - Artifact, Aircrew, Groundcrew, & F/S Don Lercy
NOTE: The artifact indicates that it was made or owned by a F/Sgt. Don Lercy. Any information regarding who this individaul was will be greatly appreciated.
LP259, which bore the designation "Y", failed to return from an operation over the Marshalling Yards in Maribor, Yugoslavia, the night of October 21, 1944. LP259's aircrew that night were:
-Sgt. Kenneth William Saxton RAF (confirmed killed)
-Sgt. WE Weedon RAF
-Sgt. H English RAF
-Sgt. HW Baddon RAF
-Sgt. JH James RAF
LP259 was more commonly flown by the following aircrew:
-F/O J.M. Ralph
-W/O T. Allison RAF
-F/S A.N. Smithers RAF
-F/S L.F. Beecher RAF
-W/O R. Gasbrecht RCAF
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Photographs of F/O R.J. Allen, DFC and/or aircrew from 36, 196, & 617 Squadrons
Help is requested by Jerry Pike in obtaining any available photographs of F/O R.J. Allen, particularly any of him with his Squadron or aircrew.
F/O Allen flew with 196 and 617 Squadrons in addition to 37 Squadron. He was awarded the DFC in 1943 and spent the remainder or the war as a POW after being shot down in his Lancaster in 1944. Over his distinguished career he served as a Pilot Officer, Rear Gunner or Wireless Operator in over 85+ operations.
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Personnel (or relatives) from 36 & 37 Squadrons
Help is requested in contacting any former members (or their surviving relatives) of 36 & 37 Squadrons who may have served with LAC Alex W Pyper.
John Pyper, son of LAC Alex W Pyper, ground crew for 37 Squadron and later 36 Squadron, is seeking contact with any memeber of these squadrons, or their surviving relatives, in order to share photographs and recollections. LAC Pyper servered with 37 Squadron from December 1940 to August 1944, and with 36 Squadron from October 1944 to April 1945. Possible associated names include:
Skyking or Skyling
Please contact john.pyper [at] blueyonder.co.uk or 37squadron [at] gmail.com with any information related to the above
Surviving memebers of 37 Squadron
Help is requested in contacting any living former members of 37 Squadron.
Melanie Bacon, daughter of 37 Squadron pilot Donald Ernest Taylor, seeks assistance in contacting any surviving memebers of 37 Squdron. Any information or leads will be greatly appreciated.
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Sgt. J.A. Mitchell
Sole survivor of Wellington MF241, lost on operations night of July 7, 1944
Help is requested in finding Sgt. J.A. Mitchell by a local historian from the Austrian village near which Sgt. Mitchell's Wellington crashed in 1944:
Note: Some confusion exists as to the first name/initials of this individual. He is recorded in the squadron ORB as G.A. Mitchell, but is also reported by individuals to be a J.A. or James A. Mitchell.
"Sgt. Mitchell is said to have come to St. Pölten after the war to locate the site of the crash and to get in contact with two local citizens who helped and protected him at the time. There seems to have been no contact, however, and nobody in St. Pölten was able to point out the site of the crash to him."
"I would very much appreciate your help in finding Sgt. Mitchell. He would have to be around 88 years of age now and I do hope he is still alive. I would be happy to fill in those parts of his past for him that he himself looked for unsuccessfully after the war."
This aircraft left Tortorella at 21:51 on the night of July 6 and carried the Squadron Leader for this operation, one F/L. C.J. Burnell. Sgt. Mitchell was the wireless operator in the aircrew. The target was Fels am Wagram / Feuersbrunn (recorded as the FEUERSBRAUN AERODROME in the squadron ORB). Group 205 loses for this operation were heavy (11 Wellingtons, 2 Liberators and 1 Halifax) - all thought to be lost to night fighters out of Vienna in "brilliant moonlight".
Mitchell's Wellington crashed in the Unter Radlberg area near St. Pölten in the Austrian province of Lower Austria on July 7th at 1:20 a.m. Sgt. Mitchell survived the crash with serious burns on his arms. The remaining crew members are buried at the Klagenfurt War Cemetery in Carinthia. The aircrew were:
F/O Charles Walter Keighley, RAF - pilot, age 21
Lt. T. V. Vlok, SAAF - navigator, age 22
Sgt. G.A. Mitchell, RAF - wireless operator, age unknown
F/L Charles John Burnell, RAF - air bomber, age unknown
Sgt. Lionel Joseph Guest, RAF - air gunner, age 22
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205 Group Operation at Alessandria M/Yds, Italy, 1/2 May 1944
Any information/photogrpahs related to this operation.
Help is requested by Alessandro Cordasco in obtaining any available information regarding the operation conducted by all 205 Group Squadrons on the Marshalling Yards at Alessandria, Italy, the night of May 1/2 1944.
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