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Bram DermoutBram DermoutThe book "Despite The Elements", written in 2019 by Bram Dermout, brings the story of the British Avro Lancaster bomber and his tragic faith of the crew that crashed in Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium 1944.

Lancaster Mk II - DS734 KO-Y

The book is writtin in Dutch, but will be available in English, probably november 2019.

As soon as the English version is available a correct price incl. shipping will be available.

You can order a Dutch version book via Bram Dermout, b.dermout@tracesofwar.com, for € 20, shipping is €3.

For each book sold, € 2 will go to the "display of memorabilia" in Witchford, former airbase of 115 sqn.

Photo taken by Lams Bob.

Robert Ryland ReidLancaster Mk II - DS655 KO-W

Thanks to Genevieve Norris we have a new face for our Roll of Honour,

"Robert Ryland Reid was born on 24th May, 1914 to Frederick Reid and his first wife Agnes Jane Kimbrey (known as Daisy).
He had a younger brother Brian HenryNeville Reid who was born in Janunary 1923. I believe he was also in the RAF but I am not certain. I do not known if Robert was married".

Robert Reid and his crew members crashed with Lancaster Mk II - DS655 KO-W on 27/28 May 1943 on a mission to Essen, Germany.

Only Pilot G. Cammell, RNZAF, survived to become POW,

Sgt Baker Eric – age 19
F/O Cooper George – age 25
Sgt Parker George – age 32
F/O Pye Halford – age 23
F/O Williams David – age ?
F/O Reid Robert – age 29
lost their lives.

On that night 23 aircraft were lost - 11 Halifaxes, 6 Lancasters, 5 Wellingtons, 1 Mosquito.

Smith Kenneth VictorMason Eric ThomasLancaster Mk I - HK544 KO-U

Andrew Barrie sent on 04/02/2019 two photos for the Roll of Honour, thanks.

F/O Smith Kenneth Victor - Pilot - age: 21 - RAAF (L)
Sgt Mason Eric Thomas - MUG - age: ? - RAFVR (R)

The other crew members were,
Sgt Rutson George Jack - FE - age: 31 - RAFVR
Sgt Greener Thomas - Nav - age: ? - RAFVR
F/S Denholm Robert Russell - WOP - age: 22 - RAAF
F/O Skelton Ivan George - BA - age: 23 - RAFVR
Sgt Constable John Charles - RG - age: 20 - RAFVR

Lost without trace. Now remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.

Who can help us with photos of, Sgt Rutson, Sgt Greener and Sgt Constable ?

Sheppard Alan HenryLancaster Mk II - DS668 KO-R

We received this message from Valerie Redgate regarding her father Sgt Sheppard Alan Henry. (26/01/2019)

In 2010 my sister and I went to France to meet a historian who was interested in the Lancaster that crashed in his area in June 1943. He showed us the field where it landed and was told they still dig up pieces of the plane from time to time.

DS668We met Mme. Guimard whose father drove to Nantes with my father, Sgt Sheppard and Sgt. Trott

We met the interpreter of the resistance who was 90, his identity was changed to Felix Branger, he was 23 at the time. He spoke to us in English and even said he remembered our Dad when shown a picture.

We were shown the derelict farmhouse where my Dad was taken when the farmer found him. It was the son of Monsieur Voisine who gave my fathers flying boots to the historian a few years before we met. He gave them to us and they are now in the Tangmere museum in the bomber command area.

Pusey Frederick Ronald CharlesLancaster Mk II - DS630 KO-H

Graham Sturrock send (21/01/2019) us a photo from F/O Pusey Frederick Ronald Charles.
He was the brother of his mum Diana Margaret Sturrock (maiden name Pusey, born 14/1/1925 - died 24/8/2011).

F/O Pusey was one of a small number of RAF personnel entitled to wear both RAF and USAF wings (see photo) as he trained in the US and then stayed to train both RAF and USAF pilots hence he had to have his American qualification and earned there wings as well.

The crew,
F/O  Pusey Frederick Ronald Charles - Pilot - age 23
Sgt   Leonard Thomas Marshall - FE - age 23
F/O  Bruton Cecil Gilbert - Nav - age 23 - RCAF
Sgt   Howard Leslie Pinnington - WOP - age 32
P/O  Cable Skelton John Duncan - BA - age 19
Sgt   McKibbon Mervin George - MUG - age 30 - RCAF
Sgt   Corbett John Joseph - RG - age 20

Bruton Cecil GilbertHe and his crew crashed on their 3rd operation at Denmark, after a raid on Peenemunde.

There were never found and are remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.

Who can provide the other missing faces?

More info on Aircrew Remembered

George Desmond Sherwood Perry(Message 16 January 2019) I would like to report that my cousin George Desmond Sherwood Perry
dob 11.5.24 - known as Dessie or Desmond died last week aged 94.

He was a lovely man, and managed to live fairly independently until about 9 months ago when he went into a care home. He was very modest, and although we knew he was a rear gunner in Lancaster's who was involved in ops over the Ruhr. He was very reluctant to talk about this in any detail, and would change the subject very quickly if we discussed it with him.

I have found his log book, which makes fascinating reading, along with several photos copies of which I am sending to you. He started his air gunners trainings in Feb 1944, and this was followed by flight training and exercises until he started ops in October 44, including the flight over Cologne on October 30, when I believe many planes were lost. His last flight was Dec 27th 44. His tour ended on 19.1.45.

In total he did 24 ops and survived unscathed, which is amazing considering how vulnerable gunners were in the belly of the plane. After the war he returned to run the family motor trade business in Paignton Devon, but went on to take his private pilots licence in the 1950s, I believe he stopped flying in 1970.

His funeral is on 30.1.19 at 2:45, at Torquay Crematorium, an RAF standard bearded will be present.

Best wishes, Juliet Hartridge

Lancaster MkI - HK 595 KO-A crew,

F/O Rowe A. I. - Captain
W/O Shea L. - Navigator (AUS 429355 RAAF)
Sgt Hume G. - Air Bomber
F/O Currin J. - WOP/Air
Sgt Wilson J. - Mid. Upper
Sgt Perry G. - Rear Gunner
Sgt Cornett F. - Flt. Eng.

This Lancaster HK595 was lost on in a mid air collision with 115 Sqn Lancaster NN706 15 November 1944, there were no survivors.

Lancaster Mk II - LL673 KO-G

With Greetings from "Sunny Queensland" we received (04/01/2019) from Philip Martin Rodhouse a photograph of his half brother Sgt Raymond Arthur Rodhouse.

"My father was Arthur Laundon Rodhouse who married Constance Lever, of Northampton. The Levers where at that time major player's in Boots and Shoes. As there where several Rodhouse Boot and Shoe manufactures in and around Northampton at that time I can only imagine that the Lever family incorrectly assumed Dad was of that family line, for I can see no other reason that the union would have been allowed to start.

Constance died of blood poisoning after cutting her finger whilst slicing bread. Leaving Dad with Raymond Arthur and Peter Neville. Constance was buried in the Billing Rd Cemetery Northampton. Where, according to my other half brother Peter the only Bomb dropped on Northampton during the war hit her grave.

Dad then married Edna Irene Meeks, of Weston Favell, Northampton. Siring three more children Sister Brenda Irene, Brother Paul Godfrey and myself. Whilst I have no memory of Ray I was told that he held me as a baby just prior to leaving on his last mission.

Ray was 21 when he was K.I.A that was also his Step-Mothers birthday."

The crew was lost on 14 January 1944 during a mission on Brunswick, Germany.
There were no survivors,

F/L Christiansen John Horace - Pilot - age 25
F/L Vinson Ronald Anthony - 2nd Pilot - age 30
Sgt Rodhouse Raymond Arthur - FE - age 21
F/P Downer George Lionel - Nav - DFC - age 23
F/O Braithwaite Frederick Arthur - Wop - RNZAF - age 23
F/O Wright Claude Henry - BA - RNZAF - age 28
Sgt Kewin Alfred - MUG - age 22
P/O Boswell-Kitching Jack Lambert - RG -RNZAF - age 24

Christiansen John HoraceRaymond Arthur RodhouseBraithwaite Frederick ArthurWright Claude HenryBoswell-Kitching Jack Lambert