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6 Nov 15
Terry was a childhood friend of my father and his Best Man, at my parent's wedding.
My parents are about to celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary and are hoping to find out if Terry is still around, having lost touch many years ago.
Terry Murphy served on 10 Squadron during the 1960/70's.
He joined the RAF in 1950 and signed up for 12 years service.
1950 pilot with 101 Squadron based at Binbrook, flying Canberras.
1954 based at Bassingbourne (231OCU) as a Flying Instructor on Canberras.
Also flew Vulcans in the 60s, don't know where however.
196? based at Brize Norton flying VC10s with 10 Squadron completing "the grand tour".
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
4 Oct 2015
SGT ALEC HUNTER - WW2 Haifax Wireless Operator -Evaded capture after being shot down in France 3 June 1944.
A Thames TV programme "Reporting London" ran a piece on Sgt Hunter on 8 October 1988. He had been reunited with his uniform which had been kept hidden and looked after, by the French family who helped him escape. It is believed that he met the daughter of the lady who helped him at an event in France where the uniform was then donated to the Military Museum in Caen.
20 Feb 2015
Flt Lt John Alfred Scott, DFC RNZAF was a Halifax pilot on 10 Sqn during the latter stages of WW2. He came to the UK in March 1942 from Dunedin, New Zealand on a ship named the MV California Star together with other RNZAF pilots, and joined 10 Sqn in October 1944, serving until March 1945. Does anyone recall him or have any information about his subsequent posting or history? It is known that he was initially posted to No 12 OTU after 10 Sqn service at the end of March 1945. He was "Gazetted" for his DFC in September 1945. It is believed that he died back in NZ in 1966. Any information, no matter how little, covering 1945-1966, would be appreciated.
25 Sep 2014
William (Bill) Albert RINALDI (1923 -1984)
LAC Bill Rinaldi
Poona, India - Jan 1946
13 Jun 2014
Can You Find a Relative of this airman?
FS Ronald Lascelles Jenkins - 10 Sqn Whitley Tail Gunner 1943
The photograph above was found in some personal belongings in Bridlington, Yorks. It is thought to be that of Flt Sgt Ronald Lascelles Jenkins, a Whitley Rear Gunner of 10 Squadron, who died in action on 22 October 1943. He is buried in Kleve, Nordrheim-Westfalen, Germany :- See CWGC graves website:
If anyone knows how this photograph may be reunited with any of Sgt Jenkins' relatives please email:
It is believed that: - his parents lived in Southall, Middx. - his father Joesph Henry George Jenkins died in 1949 and his mother, Edith Ann Jenkins died in 1967.
4 Jun 2014
Gordon Alexander Smith – a Sgt Air Gunner on 10 Squadron Halifaxes - No 1852442, is seeking information as to the whereabouts of his Pilot :
Plt Off Michael KUTYN, ( J89304) DFC - 10 Squadron
Born 1922, Mondare, Alberta, home in Edson, Alberta.
Enlisted in Edmonton, 30 June 1941. Commissioned Aug 1944.
If you can help in any way to find the whereabouts of Michael KUTYN J89304, it would be most appreciated: he would be now approx 92 yrs.
21 May 2014
Pilot Officer John Dickinson, - KIA 12th March 1943, and buried at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery together with his six fellow crew members of Halifax Mk II DT778 ZA-N which flew from RAF Melbourne, Yorks on a mission to bomb Essen, but was shot down near Elberfeld (south of Essen) or possibly Buldern (NE of Essen).
He was a family member and I am seeking more background information about their mission or demise, and would be keen to connect with family of any crew members :
Flight Engineer – Sgt Henry Edward Henden 634581 RAF
Navigator - Sgt Jessel Hyam Harris 1035756 RAFVR
Air Gunner / Bomb Aimer - Sgt Frederick Wade Stanners 1038690 RAFVR
Wireless Operators / Air Gunner - Sgt John Ernest Smith 1263058 RAFVR
Air Gunner - Sgt Leslie John Gait 1315144 RAFVR
Air Gunner - Sgt Frank Patrick Crawford 631115 RAF
10 May 2014
WHITLEY CREW LOST 7 Sep 1940
Seeking information about my grandfather, for myself and my father. My father never knew his dad really as he died when he was very young. It’s a bit of a long-shot as grandfather wasn’t with 10 Squadron for too long before he went down over the North Sea returning from a raid on Berlin, in September 1940. If any relatives of the other crew members have any info on him or the crew it would be greatly appreciated.
He was Plt Off Dennis Stevens, the 2nd pilot on the crew..
The rest of the crew were:
Plt Off R.H. Thomas Captain
Sgt R. Hilton Observer
Sgt H.V. Seed Wireless Op
Sgt B.W. Neville Bomb Aimer
All are commemorated at the Runneymeade Memorial. See http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead.aspx?cpage=1
Their aircraft was a Whitley V, P4935, ZA-X (not 100% sure about the last letter) and they were lost 6-7 September 1940.
Any info more would be hugely appreciated. Thanks. Segan Friend
12 Nov 13 A recent news item highlighted the sad tale of an ex-Bomber Command ground crew member who served in WW2 and died in 2013 at the age of 99 yrs. A single man, it seemed likely that there would be few at his funeral. Until a soldier, who had recently served in Afghanistan and had lost both his legs in a bomb blast, got onto his friends on Facebook. The RAF Benevolent Fund were advised.and action was taken to provide the funeral deserved of an ex-serviceman. If you know of anyone who was on 10 Squadron and hear of their passing away, please contact the website at the address above. We would like to hear of them.
22 Oct 2013 Crew of 10 Squadron Halifax DT783, (ZA-Q) were all lost near Eindhoven, 29 June 1943.when shot down returning from a Cologne raid.
Pilot F/O S.Peate,
Nav - F/Sgt P.L.Rakoczy RCAF,
Flt Eng -- Sgt Horace Pape
Bomb Aimer - F/O H.H.Pearson,
Wop - Sgt Alfred Bailey,
Airgunner - F/Sgt H.Erickson RCAF,
Airgunner - F/Sgt J.G.Sweeney RCAF
All the crew are commemorated in the Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery, which is to be found on the CWGC website:
I would like to get in touch with the crew relatives to exchange information.
24 July 2013 Do You Know The Families of Any of These?
Can anybody put me in touch with family members of the following crew who died on 23 - 24 May 1943 ?
Derrick Adams (BA)
George Lawson (RG)
Albert Wallis (Wally) (MU)
Peter Grimwood (WO/AG)
Norman Plenderleith (Nav)
Also of Raymond Steel (Maxie) (FE) who died on 19th November 1943?
Also of Mary Curtis, whose husband E. Curtis died at the end of May 1943?
I am about to publish a book about Jack Denton, pilot of the crew and acquaintance of Mary Curtis, and would like to send a copy to their families.
8 June 2013 REQUEST FROM BELGIUM
During the night of 3 - 4 July 1943, in VERGADE, nearthe very small village of SOURBRODT in the eastern part of Belgium about 3 Km away from Germany in a typical and isolated landscape called Les Hautes Fagnes, HALIFAX DT 784 (ZA-M) from 10 Squadron returning from a bombing raid in Germany, was shot down and reported crashed at 01.35 Hrs .
The Crew of HALIFAX ZA-M (DT-784) were :
Flight Sergeant (F/S) Arthur MORLEY – RAAF
Sgt W. R. READHEAD – RAF
Sgt R. L. WATSON -RAF
Sgt R. J. WEST - RAF
Sgt R. C. SAMWAYS – RAF
Sgt Frank SADLER –RAF
Sgt J. R. BARLOW - RAF.
F/S MORLEY and Sgt Frank SADLER who died, lie in HOTTON War Cemetery (BELGIUM).
A monument initiated by local villagers was erected in the memory of those who died and for all who were involved in this Historical moment.
Very few details are known about the crew members. However an original picture of the crashed aircraft, taken in 1943, exists.
In a duty of memory we are looking forward to collect crew and aircraft related information.
(Our Historian notes: The crew joined the Sqn on 23 May 43; flew on 7 ops in June (returned with engine problems on 3 of these); lost on their 8th op as stated, when the target had been Cologne (Koln). So yet another crew lost on the way back, which so often seems to have been the case.)
See Also : http://www.hautesfagnes.be
May 2013 DO YOU RECOGNISE THIS MAN ?
This handsome chap’s photograph has been sent to us.
We are trying to trace him, or at least give him a name.
Without putting any ideas into people’s minds as to where or when this photograph was taken, a possible clue may be linked to about 1949, the Berlin Airlift and the Wunstorf or Bracht (near the more recent RAF Bruggen) areas of then Western Germany. It will most probably not be linked to 10 Squadron, because they were based, with their Dakotas, near the East German (Soviet Zone) border in the north at RAF Lübeck. We do not know his rank, base or type of aircraft with which he was associated, but if his face rings any bells with you, please get in touch with us via the usual website address.
Posted 19 Feb 2013
Posted 3 Oct 2012
James Henry Steyn Posted from 10 Sqn, where he had flown Whitleys, to the training unit at 10 OTU at Abingdon and soon after to 19 OTU at Kinloss, in January 1941, Fg Off J.H. Steyn, DFC was killed in an Anson in the North of Scotland 3 months later. If anyone can give any information regarding living family members from Johannesburg, RSA or any living relatives of the rest of his crew please contact us or the Commonwealth War Graves Commission who, we understand, are keen to erect a more lasting memorial where the crew are buried near their crash site. Their grave is the highest in the United Kingdom.
For photos of the grave site visit http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2104911
and also this link to one of the crash-site search organisations that cover this crash
See also, a BBC report on the CWGC quest http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-18262312
Posted 27 Feb 2012 Donald Lawrence SMITH, Sergeant 1395416
My half-brother, Donald Smith, flew with 10 Squadron as an Air Gunner during WW2. He was killed in action on 31 March 1944. The only record I can find is that Halifax LV881 ZA-V went down during the Nuremberg raid. I do know he is buried in The Hanover War Cemetery. Could anyone help point me in the right direction, internet, books etc to find out more about my brother and 10 Sqn during 1943/44 ?
Posted 26 Feb 2012 HENRY FREDERICK JENKINS, DFC
The photo below, probably taken at RAF Melbourne in 1944, shows a Halifax crew, including my late father-in-law, Fg Off Henry Frederick Jenkins, DFC. (143767) (third from left)
Henry was a navigator and went on, after WW2, to become an Air Traffic Controller when posted to Berlin for these duties in support of the Airlift operations. He remained in Air Traffic for the rest of his career. He passed away in 1997.
I understand that one of his fellow crew members was Grant Batty the father of the 1970's NZ Rugby, All Black, Winger.
Henry was awarded his DFC for flying his Halifax back to Tangmere, after the pilot was killed during a raid over Germany In 1944.
I would be very interested in any other info about his experiences or other relevant memories to be able to pass them on to his great grandchildren.
Readers are advised that pdf files of RAF squadron Operations Records Books may be purchased online from the National Archives at Kew. For 10 Sqn, your search should start by looking in the AIR 27 Category. (eg Catalogue Reference: AIR 27/141/13 & 14 for the month of March 1940)
Downloads cost £3.30 each. Before purchasing a particular month it is advisable to click on the " View Details " block to see how many pages your download contains. Some number over 100 whereas others, for the same fee, only include a few (less than 10) pages. Simply click on the red words NATIONAL ARCHIVES below and it will take you directly to the 10 Sqn Catalogue Search page. Do not forget that there were also Royal Australian (Sunderlands), Indian (Spitfires) and South African, Air Forces that had their own 10 Sqns. Do not get confused and purchase records for the wrong squadron!
On detachment overseas in the Middle East 10 Sqn RAF served under the number 10/227 Sqn...............
Unfortunately not all NA downloads are in their correct chronological place, possibly due to errors made when they were scanned from the original documents. If you cannot find the period that you require for your research it may still be available in some other date period...Most frustrating, we know, from personal experience!
We are slowly building up a collection of these Forms 540/541* (see below) for our website members. It is our hope and intention to obtain the full set at some future date. If you already have some, in pdf format, please consider donating a copy to our website. We would be most grateful. Use our contactus facility for this, please.
* Note: The records themselves are in two separate styles:
1. The Form 540, which we in the Association simply call the "Diary", is a summary of the monthly events and lists the day-to-day occurrences on the Squadron. Sometimes these contain humorous remarks, details of the weather and other significant events, together with Postings In/Out, Medal Awards and are therefore, as our name suggests, a Diary of the Events. They usually contain between 2 and 5 pages.
2. The Form 541, which we have termed as "Ops", is more structured in its writing. It is essentially a listing of the "work done" and contains crew lists, aircraft registrations and targets, together with events that occurred to specific crews/aircraft on their missions. Sadly this is also where the phrase, "Missing - Nothing was heard from this aircraft after take-off", frequently occurred in the WW2 F541s. These can contain up to 50 or even more pages.
3. There are also Combat Reports available for download from the National Archives @ £3.30 each. They are under the reference AIR 50/180. Bear in mind that the dates are often a day after those listed in the F541 and they may also be filed under the Air Gunner's name.
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