The Medmenham Collection

RAF 1058585 Sgt James Bernard Brennan

This man (third from right) lost his life along with most of his crewmates when his Avro Lancaster Mk.I R5904 (LS-G) of 15 Squadron crashed near Oosterhout on 21 July 1944 on returning from an operation to Hamburg out of RAF Mildenhall. His family wanted to have his St. Christopher medal back, but it was not found.

Recently, Dutch amateur military historians have made futher enquiries…

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/northdurham/chesterlestreet/11287508.Discovery_of_St_Christopher_medal_prompts_search_for_dead_airman__39_s_family/

and their persistence has paid off…!

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/11300521.Mystery_of_St_Christopher_medal_solved/

Mitchell B-25J 42-29193 15 Sept 1944

Blake, Nathan & Mike @ B-25 ser # 42-29193

This plane crashed in Little Smokey, Alberta while flying from Edmonton to Watson Lake as part of a larger journey from Great Falls to Fairbanks for transfer to Soviet pilots due to then take it across Siberia. Two men died when it crashed, Lt. Frederick Reardon (Pilot) and F/O Robert Armbrust (Co-Pilot). In 2009 the pilot’s son visited the crash site…

https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCUQtwIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dv4mPSv5IYiE&ei=O39PVI-qLcOp7Abyv4CgCg&usg=AFQjCNGHYXKSY2BwqGwFIecCjIf8yq1NFA&bvm=bv.77880786,d.ZGU

Douglas Boston BZ590 of 18 Squadron

This plane was shot down by anti-aircraft fire on 21 April during an armed reconnaissance operation fron Forli to the Po valley, killing all four crew. They were…

RAF 1807677 Sgt David Kennedy Raikes (P)
RAF 1801441 F/S David Millard Perkins (N)
RAF 1818442 F/S Alexander Thomas Bostock (WAg)
RAAF 433038 W/O John Penboss Hunt (Ag)

and the story of the tracing of their remains so that they could be memorialised is here…

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/lost-raf-bomber-crew-finally-laid-to-rest

Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV R3896 (LS-X) of 15 Sqdn

On 7 July 1940, this aircraft flew out of Alconbury near RAF Wyton on an operation to Ghent and crashed at Dudzele near Bruges after being shot down by a Messerchmitt Bf109E of the ‘Grünherz’. The three who died were:

RAF 42375 P/O Hugh Christopher Morris Bamber (P) (son of Theodore Mark and Ada Margaret Bamber from Dulwich)
RAF 746818 Sgt George Reid (Ag) (son of William and Helen Reid Murdoch from Baillieston in Lanarkshire)
RAF 749458 Sgt John Holdsworth (Obs)

and here’s their story, on the village website…

http://wo1dudzele.brugseverenigingen.be/ENGELSEBOMMENWERPERSTORTNEERAANHERDERSBRUGDUDZELE