102 Sqn Pocklington

phil russell
phil russell

November 15th, 2011, 10:20 pm #41

Hi - Have copies of the Operational Record Books for 102 Squadron for 1943, 1944 and 1945 if details required.

Neil
would you possibly hava any records regading sgt Crisfield 1592241, who died on 21/1/44 sering with 102 sqdrn.

many thanks
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A Angus
A Angus

November 19th, 2011, 4:57 am #42

I'm not even sure if I'm on the right site to request help with my enquiry, but will leave a message in the hope that if I'm not, then someone out there will put me on the right track!
My son is trying to research my late dad's RAF career and would welcome ANY information he can gather on his time at Pocklington.My father's name was Flt Sgt Cyril George William PUGSLEY,he was a wireless operator/air gunner. He was a member of 102 (Ceylon) Squadron and was based at Pocklington between the 10th July, 1944 and the 16th December, 1944. We have a photograph of the crew he flew with in the Halifax with the nose painting and logo "The Flying Scot". The crew members appear to have written their own names and addresses on the back of the photo, two are New Zealanders - H.J. Hammond from Christchurch and R.H> Selby from New Plymouth. Another two are from the London area -one signature is quite difficult to decipher but I think the name is G. Armsby of Holmstall Avenue, Burnt Oak, Edgware and the other is J.W. Chown of Willingdon Road, Wood Green, London.
The two other crew members are from Kent and Sussex and I think I am already "on their trails".
If there is anyone with any information whatsoever to offer, then both my son and I would be more than grateful to hear from you.

With best wishes,
Christine Johnson
Hello Christine
I have just come across your posting of 2008 re 102 Squadron in which you mention a photo including an H J Hammond from Christchurch, New Zealand. I believe this is a Harold James Hammond, a relative of my husband's family, and if the offer is still there and if it is still possible I would be very interested to see the photograph. I have a little more information about him if you are interested.
Many thanks
Alison
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November 20th, 2011, 3:34 pm #43

Hi folks, this is a copy of a post i've just put on another Halifax forum, so apologies to those who have already seen it. I am looking for any info regarding a 102 Sqn Halifax Mk111 based at RAF Pocklington in 1944. I've asked before without much success, but i'm hoping something may turn up. I know the code letters were DY-C and the serial no was MZ300. This aircraft survived the war and was struck off charge on 20th March 1947. I believe it also flew with 77 and 10 Sqns but I don't know when or what its code letters would have been. Between June and Aug 44 with A flight 102 sqn the pilot was a Flt Sgt Adams (possibly Alfred F Adams)and the Flight Engineer was a Sgt E. Moore (1493595).
Any info on this aircraft or its crew (especially Sgt Moore who was at 1652 HCU Marston Moor from Feb to June 44) would be appreciated. Any photos especially welcome. (I have access to a scanner and so could borrow, copy, and return any photos).

Please help if poss. I live in Liverpool and have no chance of getting to Kew in the forseeable future.

Thanks..... Jon Shelley
Hi, I'm looking for any information for a Sgt Charles Miller, sometimes known as 'Maxie'. He was a wireless operator for the 102 squadron, He was on a Whitley Z6871 with Sgt Donald K Kibbe, Pilot David B Delany, Sgt Philip L N, Sgt Ronald Gayler and Sgt Clifford Carr. There plane was also involved in an incident over Yorkshire where Sgt Donald K Kibbe was killed.
If you have any info atall, it wolud help me hughly. Please email me at davey_boy6@ Hotmail.co.uk.
Thanks, david
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Anonymous
Anonymous

November 20th, 2011, 5:11 pm #44

David - have sent you an email on this

Neil
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Malcolm Cairns
Malcolm Cairns

November 28th, 2011, 12:03 am #45

Hi Malcolm,
Very good news about your father receiving the DFC.
I have started researching into the 102 Sqd as my father,Geofrey Barnard Briggs was a flight engineer & remusted to pilot in Halifax aircraft.
My brother has just given me two of my fathers diaries for 1944-45 and shows his sorties/flight log etc.
I would be very greatful for any information of the squadron or any guys who may still be alive.
Kind Regards
Dennis
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please make contact
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P Williams
P Williams

May 18th, 2012, 10:43 am #46

I have been gathering info on 102 squadron for research on a book. I have some bits and bobs on the crew. let me know your email I will be glad to send you the bit through.
The above RAF officer was my father in law. Interested in giving/receiving any information on WWII service.
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Steve Morley
Steve Morley

July 4th, 2012, 2:42 pm #47

I have been gathering info on 102 squadron for research on a book. I have some bits and bobs on the crew. let me know your email I will be glad to send you the bit through.
My Father-in-Law F/Sgt Gordon Babbage was a rear gunner on 102 Squadron at Pocklington from March 43 until end Nov 43 carrying out a total of 26 ops. His pilot was Sgt Carey (later F/lt) and they were part of B and C flight of 102 during this time.

After 102 he did 2 ops with 100 Squadron and then went to 156 PFF Squadron where he did another 21 ops.

We have his log book and some pictures of his time in the RAF, and are looking for any further info anyone may have. Can anyone help?
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Bill Leyland
Bill Leyland

July 23rd, 2012, 2:50 pm #48

would you possibly hava any records regading sgt Crisfield 1592241, who died on 21/1/44 sering with 102 sqdrn.

many thanks
Hi I am an associate member of the squadron and have some reference books that are useful. In 'Its Suicide But I'ts Fun' the entry for your man states that Sgt K Crisfield was an Air Gunner and he was on an operation to Magdeburg when they were shot down by a nightfighter. His Pilot was FS JW Gregory - PoW, his Navigator was FlOff DCE Bradshaw - PoW, his Wireless Operator was Sgt JTA Mitchell - KIA, his other Air Gunner was Sgt D Bellamy - PoW, the Engineer was Sgt I Davies - KIA and the Bomb Aimer was FS RJ Irvine.
The plane was a Halifax III airframe number HX149 and the squadron code letters were DY-J. He is buried in the Berlin War Cemetery in grave 14.G.12. his full name was Kenneth Solman Crisfield.
The Bomber Command Losses states that they had taken off at 8:11 pm and whilst leaving Magdeburg at 18,500 feet a night fighter attacked severeley damaging the controls and set alight the right wing. The three that died are all in the Berlin War Cemetery.
You might find the 102 squadron website interesting, and you might find info on the others there at www.102ceylonsquadron.co.uk.
Bill
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Bill Leyland
Bill Leyland

July 23rd, 2012, 3:15 pm #49

Hi Tim,

I realise this was posted a number of years ago, but I was wondering if you had any information regarding my uncle.
He as a F/Sgt who died on a raid to Germany on 26/6/43. He is buried in a cemetary in Florennes, Belguim. His name is Mathew Henry Clack, but I believe he was known as Harry.
I am just begining some research and would appreciate any help as to any relevant sources of information.

Thanks in anticipation

Richard Clack
This is a response to an old message and you probably have all this now, but I thought I'd offer it up anyways as I am an active associate member of 102(Ceylon) Squadron. In the squadron history it states that Sgt M.H. Clack was an Air Gunner aboard Halifax III DY-Q airframe number JD144 on a mission to Wuppertal. It isn't stated wether it was flak or fighter that caused them to crash but crash they did and all but two were killed. Harrys Pilot was Sgt KRW Sheppard - KIA, his Navigator was Sgt AG Tovey - KIA, his Wireless Operator was Sgt F.A. Gettings - KIA, his Air Gunner pal was Sgt JJ McDonald - KIA, the Engineer was Sgt C Rushton - PoW and his Bomb Aimer Sgt WR Cole was also a PoW.
Sgt Sheppard is buried at Fosse(S.W. Namur)Belgium and Sgt Tovey is buried at Antwerp. The others are buried at Florennes.
The date you stated was 26/6/1943 but I have it as 24/6/43. Harrys plane was one of two lost from the squadron on this mission.
More info and interesting 102 Sqdrn stuff can be found on the squadron website at www.102ceylonsquadron.co.uk
Bill.
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Bill Leyland
Bill Leyland

July 23rd, 2012, 3:34 pm #50

I'm not even sure if I'm on the right site to request help with my enquiry, but will leave a message in the hope that if I'm not, then someone out there will put me on the right track!
My son is trying to research my late dad's RAF career and would welcome ANY information he can gather on his time at Pocklington.My father's name was Flt Sgt Cyril George William PUGSLEY,he was a wireless operator/air gunner. He was a member of 102 (Ceylon) Squadron and was based at Pocklington between the 10th July, 1944 and the 16th December, 1944. We have a photograph of the crew he flew with in the Halifax with the nose painting and logo "The Flying Scot". The crew members appear to have written their own names and addresses on the back of the photo, two are New Zealanders - H.J. Hammond from Christchurch and R.H> Selby from New Plymouth. Another two are from the London area -one signature is quite difficult to decipher but I think the name is G. Armsby of Holmstall Avenue, Burnt Oak, Edgware and the other is J.W. Chown of Willingdon Road, Wood Green, London.
The two other crew members are from Kent and Sussex and I think I am already "on their trails".
If there is anyone with any information whatsoever to offer, then both my son and I would be more than grateful to hear from you.

With best wishes,
Christine Johnson
I know this is an old thread but I feel obliged to respond anyway as I am an associate member of the squadron. Don't build your hopes up, but you might get something on the squadron website at www.102ceylonsquadron.co.uk. We are ALWAYS on the lookout for more photos of the crews, and as my uncle was a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner with 102 at the same time (May 44 - 25/July 44)I am interested in seeing these guys myself. We meet on the airfield twice a year and would be happy to pass on photos etc. I also have the site plan for RAF Pocklington. Sorry to admit I don't have any specific info on Sgt Pugsley but some of our guys on the website forum might have something.
Good Luck Christine,
Bill
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