Schaarsbergen and Nijmegen ceremonies 25 Sep 2019

The rebuilt village church at Schaarsbergen (thanks to Google Maps Street View)

On the 25th of September 2019 there will be two ceremonies commemorating those lives lost in Schaarsbergen and in Hees, Nijmegen as a result of a 2TAF operation against an anti-aircraft position at Schaarsbergen, in which Mitchells from 320 (Dutch) Squadron and 98 Squadron took part.

The first memorial service will start at 11am in Schaarsbergen village church, and the second at 4pm in St. Peter’s church in Hees. This second will have the unveiling of a plaque for the victims of the 98 Squadron Mitchell FW-211, followed by an overflight by the Dutch Mitchell “Sarinah”.

Please see this link for the website of the organiser of the both the Schaarsbergen service, and of the Mitchell flypast…

“S for Sugar”: relatives sought

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In connection with 617 Sqn Lancaster ED865 AJ-S “S for Sugar” and the ongoing memorialising of its crew (glossed as “The Burpee Crew”), relatives of many of the crew members are still being sought. Please get in contact via the contact form, if you have a family connection with the following:

• RAFVR 142507 P/O Leonard George Weller
• RAFVR 573474 Sgt Guy Pegler
• RAFVR 1299446 Sgt Thomas Jaye
• RAFVR 1600540 Sgt William Charles Arthur Long
• RCAF R/93554 W/O Joseph Gordon Brady

Ed Hoenson remembrance ceremony

One of the last remaining veterans of RAF 320 (Dutch) Squadron in WWII, who were formed from the Royal Netherlands Naval Air Service, passed away on 27 November 2017.

His name was Ed Hoenson, and there will be a ceremony in his honour on 25 May 2018, starting at Schaarsbergen village church and moving on to Grebbeberg Military War Cemetery.

This is a public event, and you are invited to register. More details here, on the organiser’s website…

CWGC seeks relatives

The CWGC is seeking relatives for the following WWI and WWII servicemen, for whom headstones have been ordered but no contact yet been made. They are:

Ernest John AILWARD, Worcestershire Regiment
Albert BURKE, Somerset Light Infantry
Ronald Arthur Edwin BURT, Royal Navy
Thomas Henry DAVIES, Royal Garrison Artillery
Harry GOULD, Royal Fusiliers
Albert Henry HANDFORD, London Regiment
Thomas William JAMES, South Staffordshire Regiment
William Henry KERR, Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy)
James NISBET, Royal Army Medical Corps
John William OSTICK, Machine Gun Corps
Daniel SMART, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
George STONE, Royal Navy

If one of these men is part of your family, or if you can otherwise help with this, more identifying information is available at this link…

320 Squadron Reunion

On the 27th and 28th of August 2016 at Dunsfold Wings & Wheels, there will be a reunion of veterans from RAF 320 (Dutch) Squadron, which was formed from members of the Royal Dutch Naval Air Service who managed to extricate themselves from the occupied Netherlands to fly with the Royal Air Force against targets on the occupied Continent, from RAF Dunsfold and other airbases. The Dutch B-25 is due to fly in WWII 320 Squadron livery for this occasion, and many British and Dutch relatives are also expected to attend. More information on the organiser’s website here…

Royal Air Force Memorial Flight Official Club Autumn Journal 2015


This 76-page glossy magazine is only issued to members of the RAF Memorial Flight Club, and starts with messages from the outgoing and the incoming Officers Commanding of the BBMF, Sqn Ldrs Dunc Mason and Andy ‘Milli’ Millikin.

There’s an article about Hurricane LF363 and the plane it currently honours, Arthur Clowes’ mount P3395 (JX-B), and the Dornier Do-215B that Arthur countered.

A BBMF guide tells the story of an elderly visitor, and why he got special permission to touch Spitfire P7350.

Flt Lt Antony ‘Parky’ Parkinson MBE gives his personal account of the tribute flights made for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and his participation in them, including the ‘Tiff/Spit Synchro’ displays.

Castle Bromwich and the ups and downs of Spitfire production are recounted alongside a number of evocative photos (you can almost smell the oil), and the memories of a young lady who worked there.

Lancaster PA474 is up next, with the wry tale of her ‘flight to survival’.

Tangmere’s former gate guardian Spitfire LF.XVIe TE311 was nearly sold off in 2000. Dedication has ensured that this aircraft remains with the BBMF, and ‘Parky’ tells how he loves to fly her.

Battlefield Casualty Evacuation is compared between WWII and now, with contrasts between the equipment and supplies available, similarities of the job itself and of the bravery of the mainly female paramedics, at high risk of PTSD due to the stresses involved.

The lesser-known story of the Hurricane Night Fighters is told next, which by rights should have been a disastrous one due to lack of equipment, but thanks to individual endeavour had some success.

After photos of some of the BBMF’s 2015 displays, the magazine ends with an explanation of the ‘MOT’ system for the airworthiness of RAF aircraft.

For those with an interest in the WWII history of the RAF, the men and women who served in various capacities and the aircraft that the RAF flew, this publication will interest you.

Membership Information


The RAF Memorial Flight Club is the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s official club. It costs £25 (plus postage) to join and you can be based anywhere in the world – not just in the UK.

Profits from the club help to support the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s incredible work, maintaining a living memorial to the aircrews of the Second World War.

As well as the Autumn Journal, club members receive the following:

Membership pack – containing a pin badge, car sticker, pen, poster and information about the BBMF’s aircraft

Monthly prize draw entry – members are automatically entered into a monthly ballot to win exclusive prizes

Free aircraft hangar tour – at the BBMF Visitor Centre, RAF Coningsby (usually £7)

BBMF yearbook – sent out at the beginning of the display season

You can join the club online at

Help with relatives of these LM508 crewmen?

101 Sqn. Lancaster III LM508 (SR-P) RAF Ludford Magna 21 Jun 1944 2317 — Wesseling crashed Werkendam Biesbosch 22 Jun 1944 0217:

— RAF 175015 P/O (later F/O) Gerald “Gerry” Hingley [P] POW
— RAF 141986 F/O Thomas William Ball [N] POW
— RAF 1562929 F/S Thomas Handley Duff [B] KIA
— RAF 1577094 Sgt. Laurence Victor H. Horrigan [WOp] POW
— RAF 1567332 Sgt. Samuel Dickson Rogerson [FEng] POW
— RAF 1591133 Sgt. Frank Sheard [ABCWOp] POW
— RAF 1584618 Sgt. Jeffery “Jeff” Gascoigne [MidUprG] POW
— RAF 653560 Sgt. John Edward Keogh [RearG] KIA