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, Bram Dermout, Filip Doms, Dan Jonckers, Erwin Sollie, Danny Van Den Broeck, Dirk Vermeulen.
|Losses over Belgium.|
|Roll of Honour |
and Aircraft losses.
1940 - 1941 - 1942 - 1943 1944/45/46
|Cope Jack Edward,|
Belgium to Gibraltar
|New pictures – New faces.|
2017 - 2018 - 2019
|Old newsletters. The Tiller|
|The story of |
"The Y's 'Owells"
|Family Howell donating the|
Y's 'Owells Emblem to the
RAF Witchford Display of Memorobilia.
|TV reportage & slideshows.|
|Newspaper clips/photos 2019
27 April - Presentation of the book "Despite the Elements" written by Bram Dermout.
28 April - HLN - Remembrance Lancaster DS734, Sint-Katelijne-Waver.
28 April - photos from Bob Lams FaceBook
|The Lincolnshire Lancaster Ass.|
|Diary of Bruce Johnston|
P/O Cagienard Robert Roland
Pilot. serv. no. 174879
°1920 - +1944
via Fam. Jean & Alan Duke
Sgt. Eldrett F.
Fl. Eng. serv. no. 1397252
via Mellissa Shepherd
WO 2. Davison Ray
Rear Gunner serv. no. 2200204
via Davison Lian
I wonder if you can help me – my name is Dr Phil Marter and I am running a project to investigate the crash site of Lancaster DS793 KO-L.
I would like to start tracing crew family members, and I wondered if you would be able to put something on your website to that effect?
I would be more than happy to feedback any information I collect as part of this project.
In fact I will be speaking (in part) about this aircraft and her crew at the RAF Museum in London later this month.
Thanks in advance for any help you can give,
With best wishes,
Dr Phil Marter (University of Winchester)
I'm enquiring to see if you may be able to help me please.
Our department is currently making plans for a memorial to a crew lost on the 24th November 1941 who were flying a wellington from 115 squadron.
I'm trying to find a picture of Wellington Z8863 KO-G which crashed at night during a non ops flight, but ao far have had no sucess in tracking a picture down.
Would you be able to help me out please.
My Father-in-law- Flt Lt Harry Hooper ex115 is now 95 but has very recently become quite ill with only a short time left.
I am hoping to find fellows that may comfort us in appreciating his Flying career from Tiger Moths to Wellingtons and Lancasters.
Photos or stories would be appreciated as will any information
|Photo from Jason Halloway,
So Sad to hear this.
On my shelf in office . Tankers I had from the reunion at witchford around 2000
Met Harry many times in late 90s at his home and went to ex115sqn reunion with him.
A great man with so many amazing stories about his life.
The crew: F/O. Osbourne - F/S. Cuthill - F/O. Hooper - F/L. Williams - F/S Hough - F/S. Glover - F/S. Flint.
Jones William who was shot down as crewmember of Wellington Mk III –X3351 KO-T on 31 December 1942 on a Gardening mission over the Bay of Biscay.
William Jones was shot down over a small island and broke an ankle on landing. Was captured the next day.
All of the crew survived and served as POW's at Stalag VIIIB.
Bill served two and a half years as a POW in Germany.
He survived a death march in the closing months of the war and 10 children!
Thanks to Paul, we were not aware of this crew.
Who can help us with photos of the other crewmembers?
Standing L to R; Les Hickman - Pilot (Coventry, W.O.Pearce - Rear Gunner (Toronto Ontario), Don McKay - Navigator (Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada).
Kneeling L to R; Sam W. Walmsley - Wireless Operator (Chilliwack, British-Columbia, Canada, W. T. Jones - Bomb Aimer/Front Gunner.
My great uncle Francis Leonard Kennedy was lost along with his crew on Feb 24/25 1944.
Chris would like to know more about his uncle P/O. Kennedy, the crash of Lancaster MK II LL701 KO-F, and the other crewmembers, who can help?
Lancaster LL701 and his crew was lost without a trace on a mission to Schweinfurt, Germany.
Also lost on this mission was Lancaster LL644 KO-N, no survivors.
Total losses on this mission were 33 aircraft - 26 Lancasters, 7 Halifaxes - 4.5 per cent of the force.
There were no survivors.
We thanks all contributors for their effort.
|Photo via newspaper BN. De Stem, courtesy: Arie Verhoeven,
left to right, Erwin van Wijngaarden, Margré van Wijngaarden and Peter Jan van der Giessen from the Lancaster Popeye team.