I am very much an amateur family history researcher and confess that I have looked at your wonderful website for 115 Squadron many times.
Its brilliantly researched with a huge amount of detail...thank you for keeping those
young men's memories alive!
My Uncle was Charles James Joseph Whitton Lamb on the mission listed above.
I have attached his photograph and some details that are missing. Hope it helps!
Charles is in the middle of the first photograph but unfortunately Im not sure who the other two men are. Third photograph is Charles left back with his father James and in from sister Doris, mum Alice and then Olive. The last attachment is a copy of a note sent by my Grandfather J.E.W Lamb to Charles's sister Olive.
Hope this helps with the project.
Hello from New Zealand,
I'm a New Zealand researcher helping a nephew of Henry Herbert Hartley of 115 Squadron
who was navigator on the above plane piloted by D F Holder, a New Zealander.
I understand the Lancaster (Lancaster Mk I - HK556 A4-F) exploded with all bombs onboard in
Gemeinde Brodersdof and the crew is remembered at Runnymede.
Mr Hartley's nephew is seeking any further information on the crash and I was wondering if you
have anything on this crash other than what is on your website. We already have the ORB on the crash.
If you have anything else, we'd be very grateful to receive it.
Best wishes and thank you in advance.
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Charlie Sergeant on behalf of all our friends worldwide from 115 Squadron we all wish you a super fantastic Happy Birthday.
Make it a very happy day. And enjoy it. 97 years young.
Thank you for your service.
February is Black History month in Canada.
Today, we honour Tarrance Freeman from Windsor, Ontario.
Pilot Officer, Tarrance Freeman, a navigator, was the first black pilot to be commissioned in the RCAF on July 9, 1943.
Freeman, the son of William Freeman of Windsor, attended Patterson Collegiate and the Windsor Vocational School.
He left his position at the post office to join the RCAF.
He attended flight training in London, Ontario.
Pilot Officer Tarrance Freeman is believed to be the first Black Canadian navigator in the RCAF.
Freeman was not the first Black Canadian in the RCAF, that honour goes E.V. Watts and Gerald Bell.
In addition, the first Black Canadian combat pilot was Allan Bundy, from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Freeman died June 17, 1992, at the age of 74. He was buried in Dresden, Ontario Cemetery.
Don Mller - Rear Gunner - Toronto
Ron Bradfield - Wireless Operator - Wales
Doug Marsh - Engineer - England.
Front row, left to right
Bill Smith - Bombadier - Vancouver
Ken Gadd - Pilot - Peterborough
Terry Freeman - Navigator - Windsor.
F/O. W. T. (Bill) Smith, Air Bomber, RCAF J.27224.
Sgt. George Brown, Mid Upper, RCAF R.209559.
Sgt. George F. Hawkins, Nav., RAF.
F/Lt. Kenn V. Gadd, Captain, RCAF J.27906.
Sgt. Don Miller, Rear Gunner, RCAF R.217134.
Sgt. R. (Ken) Bradfield, WOP/Air, RAF.
Sgt. Doug Marsh, Flt. Eng., RAF.
With thanks to Aviation Heritage Centre Marham.
My dad is George Brown. Mid upper gunner RCAF.
Born in Alberta, lived and died in London, Ontario in 1999.
This crew was shot up in a raid on a rail yard near Paris in June or July of 1944.
Pilot brought her in but most of the crew bailed out over England.
I still have the D ring.
These crews put it all on the line.