“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…