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June 16th 2021
12:47:33 PM
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Matthew Verrell

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Eastbourne U.K.

What Brought You To This Web Site?  

Research on Eric Verrell Granddad

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My Granddad Eric Verrell flew 19 operations from RAF Snaith between end Nov 1944 & 15th March 1945 mostly in NR142 MH-S he survived the war but sadly passed before i was born, I have some pics of him & crew and also a Tankard presented to the officers of 51 Sqd on display at the wings museum in West Sussex.

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May 26th 2021
10:04:58 AM
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The Busby Family

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Braniel, Castlereagh, County Down, Northern Ireland

What Brought You To This Web Site?  

Act of Remembrance

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On this the 78th anniversary, let us remember the crew of Halifax HR853, 51 Squadron, RAF Snaith, Yorkshire.

Brown, Sgt Alfred, Air Gnr.
Busby, Sgt Stanley, Wireless Operator / Air Gnr.
Chambers, Sgt William John, Flt Eng.
MacPhedran, Flt Sgt James Cumming, Air Bomber.
Price, Sgt William, Pilot.
Richardson, Sgt Christopher Arthur, Nav.
Worden, Flt Sgt Arthur Cephas, Air Gnr.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them

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May 25th 2021
08:53:59 PM
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John Hawkey

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Devon,England

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Grandfather

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I am here on behalf of my Grandfather William Bamsey who proudly flew a Halifax bomber during the second world war.
Thanks You for the website

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May 22nd 2021
04:52:43 AM
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Jan [nee DAVIES] & Brian

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RAF Cottesmore, England

What Brought You To This Web Site?  

Regular visitor

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Halifax HR853. 22/23May1943. Shot down by fighter and crashed at Malden.

Jimmy HILGEN [& friends have searched the site and sent over a piece of Perspex]
Thanks Jimmy for your efforts.
In memory of the crew.

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December 4th 2020
02:07:04 PM
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Matthew K McQuiston

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Austin Texas, USA

What Brought You To This Web Site?  

I\'ve been here many times.

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I\'m not really sure if the gardens are in good order. I used to get update newsletters long ago. I\'m still a little upset that my grandfather was a BIG part of this organization and it refuses to fly the American flag. YES. I offered to pay. KIA, 25 of May 1944 FO Carl McQuiston from Kansas USA. His sister died just last year (2019)and regaled us with wonderful stories. You did a great job \"Tex\"and you were a friend to the end. RIP

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December 4th 2020
07:36:18 AM
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Brian & Jan Davies WEST

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Near RAF Cottesmore, Rutland, UK.

What Brought You To This Web Site?  

Previous contributors

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We wish to update the memory of the crew of Whitley Z6811.
Whitley Z6811; MH-D, 51 Squadron, RAF. 18/19-8-1941.


Departed RAF Snaith at 2134 hrs, on 18.8.41 for a raid against Cologne and crashed at 0200 hrs the next morning near Malden, south of Nijmegen.

JAMIESON, John Alexandra Barrie, Sgt, 1002131, Pilot. Age 19.
Son of Ronald Barrie and Barbara Low Jamieson, of Kerriemuir, Angus.

JOHNSTON, Howard Robert Franklin, Sgt, R/75095 Royal Canadian Air Force, Air Gunner.

MILNE, Angus, Sgt, 407091, Royal Australian Air Force, Observer. Age 28.
Son of Arthur and Eva Milne, of Wirrabara, South Australia.

The above three airmen died on Tuesday 19.8.41 and are buried at Uden. [5.D.8 - 7 - 6].


F.W. SHORROCK, P/O, promoted to Fl.Lt. #J/4843, RCAF, Pilot, was captured & became a P.o.W., nr.3740 in camp L3 - Stalag Luft 3 in Sagan and Belaria.


F.W. COLES, Sgt, promoted to W.O., #929448, RAF, Wireless Operator, survived to become a P.o.W., nr.23619 in camp S357, Kopernicus.
We placed a plaque in their memory in 2005/6.
Anyone with info, please contact us &/or Jimmy HILGEN [See posts of HR853]

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November 28th 2020
09:14:32 AM
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Robert Ellenkamp

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Vorden, The Netherlands

What Brought You To This Web Site?  

Searching relatives crew crashed in Vorden, The Netherlands

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Hello, I was wondering if your organisation can help to find relatives of the crew crashed in Vorden in March 1943. Registrationnumber BB244. I have contact with the son of the pilot (harris). I hope you can help me to find the relatives of the other victims.

Kind regards,

Robert Ellenkamp

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October 9th 2020
08:35:16 AM
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Jimmy Hilgen

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Ewijk, The Netherlands

What Brought You To This Web Site?  

The crew of HR853

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Hello,
I\'m trying to get in contact with familymembers from the crew of HR853. I saw that some have reacted below in the past and I sent them an e-mail already. Recently I was at Uden Commonwealth War Cemetery where the crew of HR853 caught my attention. I saw that not a lot was known about the crash and crashsite and I tried to find out more about it. Via some local residents I found out where it must have crashed on May 26, 1943. Unfortunately I don\'t have any photos from the entire crew (except for F/Sgt Worden, RCAF). I would really like to get into contact with family from the entire crew:
- Sgt Alfred Brown, RAF
- Sgt Stanley Busby, RAF (I sent the Busby family who posted below an e-mail)
- Sgt William John Chambers, RAF
- Sgt William Price Davies, RAF (I reacted on Brian West his post in this guestbook)
- F/Sgt James Cumming MacPhedran, RAF
- Sgt Christopher Arthur Richardson, RAF
- F/Sgt Arthur Cephas Worden, RCAF

Thank you.
Jimmy Hilgen
Ewijk, The Netherlands

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May 25th 2020
06:46:28 AM
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The Busby Family

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Braniel, Castlereagh, Northern Ireland

What Brought You To This Web Site?  

A Time To Remember

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On this the 75th anniversary of VE Year, let us remember the crew of Halifax HR853, 51 Squadron, RAF Snaith, Yorkshire.

Brown, Sgt Alfred, Air Gnr.
Busby, Sgt Stanley, Wireless Operator / Air Gnr.
Chambers, Sgt William John, Flt Eng.
MacPhedran, Flt Sgt James Cumming, Air Bomber.
Price, Sgt William, Pilot.
Richardson, Sgt Christopher Arthur, Nav.
Worden, Flt Sgt Arthur Cephas, Air Gnr.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them

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December 5th 2017
02:17:41 AM
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Dezirae

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Canada

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Researching my great-grandfather Flt Sgt Arthur Cephas Worden, [Air Gnr.]

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Thank you for remembering. God bless

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May 25th 2017
03:14:16 PM
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The Busby Family

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Ben-Vista, Castlereagh, Northern Ireland

What Brought You To This Web Site?  

A Time to Remember

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Once again it is time to remember the crew of Halifax HR853, 51 Sqdn. RAF Snaith, Yorkshire.
Seventy- Four years on and their names and their sacrifice are not forgotten.

BROWN, Sgt Alfred, Air Gnr.

BUSBY, Sgt Stanley, Wireless Operator/Air Gnr.

CHAMBERS, Sgt William John, Flt Eng.

MACPHEDRAN, Flt Sgt James Cumming, Air Bomber.

PRICE, Sgt William, Pilot.

RICHARDSON, Sgt Christopher Arthur, Nav.

WORDEN, Flt Sgt Arthur Cephas, Air Gnr.

At the going down of the sun we will remember them.

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May 25th 2016
06:02:57 PM
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The Busby Family

Where are you from?  

Ben Vista, Castlereagh, Northern Ireland

What Brought You To This Web Site?  

A Time To Remember

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Once again it is time to remember the crew of Halifax HR853, 51 Sqdn. RAF Snaith, Yorkshire.
Seventy-Three years on and their names and their sacrifice are not forgotten.

BROWN, Sgt Alfred, Air Gnr.

BUSBY, Sgt Stanley, Wireless Operator/Air Gnr.

CHAMBERS, Sgt William John, Flt Eng.

MACPHEDRAN, Flt Sgt James Cumming, Air Bomber.

PRICE, Sgt William, Pilot.

RICHARDSON, Sgt Christopher Arthur, Nav.

WORDEN, Flt Sgt Arthur Cephas, Air Gnr.


At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.

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November 19th 2015
07:06:09 PM
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BRUCE INGRAM

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Lincoln

What Brought You To This Web Site?  

Link from \"Key Publishing\" web site

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My father flew Avro Yorks briefly, after WW2, on this Squadron, before beeing posted to 511 Squadron, and being demobbed shortly before the Berlin Airlift.

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October 25th 2015
10:24:47 AM
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Dave Manton (Formerly H8103692 Cpl)

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Sheffield.

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Prior knowledge

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I\'ve already put this on the 51 Sqn site on Facebook, having myself served with Ops (EW) Sqn at Wyton, and having flown many \"supernumerary\" trips on the R1s to Malta, Gib, Cyprus and many other trips from Wyton itself, but I felt I had to widen it out a bit. I was at the Fenland and West Norfolk Aircraft museum today, when I happened to meet up with one Henry \"Wag\" Wagner, whose story is amazing. At 0249 on 28 Dec 1944, Halifax NR248, MH-A of 51 Sqn took off from Snaith to bomb Duisburg. They bombed on time and on target. However, at 0636 the Halifax was attacked by Me 110 G4, G9+EM of 4/NJG1 which set the starboard wing on fire. Wag, a Sergeant Navigator, was the only member of the crew to bale out, the remainder died in the aircraft and were buried by the Dutch about 100 yards from where the aircraft crashed. The Me110 was flown by Leutnant Walcher, his crew being Feldwebel Biermann and Unteroffizier Flor. The German aircraft fired only 120 rounds. The Halifax Crew were W/O W Bates (Pilot), Sgt E Berry (Eng), Sgt L Roberts (Bomb-Aimer), F/Sgt J Jones (W/Op AG), Sgt T Worthingham (AG), Sgt R Thomas (AG) and of course Wag himself. He was on the run for six days but was captured on Christmas Eve 1944, and imprisoned at Stalag Luft VII, Bankau and was later on the Death March to Luckenwalde. Meeting him was an honour and a privilege. He is an incredible man, with the brightest of blue eyes, a ready smile and a handshake like a vice, despite being 94. This was a man who did a bungee jump at age 90 (on YouTube). An incredible day indeed! Per Ardua?n It certainly makes you proud.

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September 27th 2015
06:26:10 PM
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Jonathan Taylor

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Sheffield, England

What Brought You To This Web Site?  

I have an autograph signed Elphick from c1944

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Hello. I have a photo of an autograph signed Elphick 51 Squadron from c.1944 which I hoped might be of interest.
If you could give me a current email address, I\'d be delighted to forward it over.
Kind regards,
Jonathan Taylor

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May 24th 2015
03:01:15 PM
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The Busby Family

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Northern Ireland

What Brought You To This Web Site?  

72 Anniversary HR853

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Until very recently I had only ever spoken to one survivor of bomber command. He was a neighbour David Martin (long deceased) a wireless operator air gunner who spent the majority of the war as a prison of war after the Halifax he was in was shot down over Germany.
Last month (April 2015) I met Martin Charters 94, a Tale End Charlie who flew with a Halifax squadron from an airfield in Yorkshire. Martin completed forty missions over occupied Europe and during our long and interesting conversation he revealed to me a great deal about the horrors of being in bomber command.
For the first time in my life I now have a partial understanding of what life was really like for those in Bomber Command.
On this the memorial of HR853 I wish to remember my uncle Sgt. Stanley Busby wireless operator / air gunner with 51 squadron and those of his six crew members who were all men of extreme courage, young men who despite the fear of battle did what they had to do without question and accepted that death was much closer than they really wanted.
Martin Charters still has flash backs and nightmares about some of the horrors he witnessed during those forty missions over occupied Europe. Martin concluded our talk by saying, “I would do it all again, for the cause was just and honourable.”

At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them, ALL.

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February 24th 2015
02:05:14 AM
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sandra colley

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Sidcup

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Anniversary

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In loving remembrance of Sgt Ronald Jack Colley and the other 7 crew members FTR 24/5 Feb 1944 Schweinfurt , Halifax LV778. RIP

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November 8th 2014
10:10:43 PM
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Randy Kallio

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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

What Brought You To This Web Site?  

Google search for Rublee

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My Uncle Bill Rublee was part of 51 Squadron. I remember him when I was small at family weddings etc he would drink too much and then start talking with a Scottish accent, I never found out why. He died 60 years of age climbing the stairs from his basement - I believe his war experiences took 20 years off his life, that and the alcohol problem. He was a farmer in Dodsland SK after the war. I admired and loved him.

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May 25th 2014
07:05:49 AM
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The Busby Family

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Northern Ireland

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71st Anniversary

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Over the years I have never forgotten the ulitmate sacrifice my uncle Sgt. Stanley Busby wireless operator / air gunner and his six crew members of Halifax HR853 made on this evening all those seventy one years ago. It was to be their ulitmate mission in a struggle against an evil of the highest magnitude. Let us thank God that Stanley\'s sacrifice, and the sacrifice of other soldiers, sailers and airmen both male and female from all the Allied nations who took part in this titanic struggle was not in vain.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.

Earlier this year my uncle Stanley finally received his bomber command clasp which has been attached to his medals that I currently hold. I wonder how many of his six crew members families applied for their relatives clasp? If you have not yet applied it is never too late.

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March 30th 2014
09:18:36 AM
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Sandra Colley

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Sidcup. Kent

What Brought You To This Web Site?  

Re visiting

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Remembering all those of 51sqn and Bomber Command on the 70th Anniversary 30/31March 1944 in what was the Nuremburg Raid. The most disastrous night of the entire war when over 500 men were lost and 51sqn suffered one of the highest squadron losses. The night also chosen for reporters to sit in and watch the operation progress from Snaith. R.I.P

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