Despite the elements
Our aim as a small group of local amateur historians:
History – We wish to search and pass historical information, to try to link up to the future in a digital area, that way preserving and applying new found data in an effort to complied history’s unspoken answers.
Respect – We cannot pay more tribute to them who have fallen, than to pay respect for them. In our research, we always respect the family's wishes and also the privacy of those who are left behind.
Remembrance - We wish to ensure that the people who fell, military and civilian are never forgotten. There for, each year, we lay a wreath at the monument of a crashed Lancaster.
Education – We support initiatives as; school projects and private quests, enabling us to understand the reasons for the freedom we have today and look to the future in a positive manner.
Future generations must be reminded of what happened in WWII so that they never forget that their freedom was gained by acts and sacrifices of these men and women in history.
Members, Geert Bourguignon, Filip Doms, Erwin Sollie, Danny Van Den Broeck, Dirk Vermeulen.
|Losses over Belgium.|
|Roll of Honour.|
1940 - 1941 - 1942 - 1943 1944/45
|Research – Who can help ?|
|New pictures – New faces.|
2017 - 2018
|The story of |
"The Y's 'Owells"
|TV reportage & slideshows.|
Family Howell handing the Y's 'Owells Emblem over to Sue Aldridge at the 115 Memorabilia museum at Witchford.
Mail your photo's of former members of 115 squadron during WW II. Every contribution is welcome.
24 April - Gazet van Antwerpen Remembering Lancaster DS734, Sint-Katelijne-Waver.
24 April - photo's with thanks to Bob Lams - Facebook
16 June 2018.
Hi, I thought you might be interested in some further information about my uncle, Frank Thompson.
Frank was an Air Force regular and was the Flight Sergeant Bomb Aimer on 115 Squadron Lancaster PD293 (KO-O) which was lost on the 26 Nov 1944 after taking off from RAF Witchford on a training and equipment evaluation sortie.
Frank was the eldest son of William and Elizabeth Thompson of Kilnhurst, South Yorkshire.
We don't know much about Frank's service, unfortunately, or when he joined or his date of birth. His service number was 652750 and he served in South Africa for a period earlier in the war, possibly before being posted to 115 Sqn. I have attached a photograph.
I hope you find this information interesting.
Many thanks, Richard Thompson.There were no survivors and never found, There names are mentioned on the Runnymede Memorial.
28 April 2018. Thanks to John Carpenter we now background info and a new face to the Roll of Honour.
Sydney Anderson was born in Cromer, Manitoba, Canada on the 12th April 1920.
Son of James and Sarah Anderson who originally hailed from Scotland. He had 4 brothers and one sister however; Sydney's father died of cancer whilst he was young and his mother later remarried a Mr Martin Larson.
Upon leaving school Sydney was a farm labourer and did this for 3 years until 4th October 1940 when he enlisted to the RCAF. After a fairly long wait in which he did other forms of labouring jobs to pass the time, he was eventually called up and commenced his gunnery course, earning his gunners badge on the 23rd October 1942. He was a good student which was indicated on his final report as it is noted that he was 'a very good and steady gunner who also came top of the class in his exams'.
Sydney who was 5'8" tall listed making model aircraft as his main hobby along with swimming, playing hockey and baseball.
He embarked in New York on the 23rd November 1942 for his trip across the Atlantic finally arriving in England 7 days later on the 30th.
After crewing up and further training which took place at 26 OTU and1651 Conversion Unit, Sydney and his crew joined 115 Sqn on 29th May 1943; he was shot down on his 21st 'Op'
On 18/19 November 1943 Lancaster Mk II - DS 680 KO-L. was attacked and shot down by Oblt Eckart-Wilhelm von Bonin of the II/NJG1 and crashed at Hermeé, Luik, 4 km N.W. of Herstal, Belgium. There were no survivors. That night 440 Lancaster's and 4 Mosquito's were dispatched. 9 Lancaster's were lost.
12 April 2018. Thanks to Gillian Appleton we can at a new face to the Roll of Honour.
Parry William Grainger lost his life on 11/12 May 1944, age 32.
Son of John (Jack) and Isabel Parry. Husband of Mrs Jane Parry.
Inlisted into the RAFVR on 15 January 1941.
Buried at, Wilsele Churchyard - grave B.8. There were no survivors.
4 Lancaster were lost.
I recently bought online a badge for 115 squadron.
The person I bought the badge from had originally bought it with a mourning locket containing this photo. I suspect he was KIA. Although not necessarily with 115 squadron.
To be honest, I'm relying on an old member of the squadron recognising him. I thought it would be nice to try and trace the history regarding original owner and wondered if someone recognised the person in the photograph.
I would really appreciate any help you could give me. I am afraid that it really is a challenge!
To purchase a copy, please contact Sue Aldridge via email at:
Barry passed away peacefully in Soham Lodge Care Centre on Friday 1st January 2016, aged 68.
All profits will go to the RAF Witchford Display of Memorabilia and Soham Lodge Residents Fund.
Visit the RAF Witchford Display of Memorabilia at the Lancaster Way Business Park - the former RAF Witchford airfield.
Info on Traces of War.com