420 squadron Pritchard crew Roski

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August 28th, 2012, 4:47 pm #11

This is a six minute memorial video of Halifax MZ687. It shows a high resolution photo of my uncle, Tony Roski, who was the tail gunner. The video also shows all the other crew members, plus the original flight log of the flight engineer, the sole survivor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=G_1-I5AeEg8

We're Canadian, but we live 14 miles from the Tholthorpe aerodrome where they were based. We've been there and talked to the local expert/British liason chap who knows all about the various squadrons stationed there.
Josie, my email is rbarlow@rogers.com in case it does not show up on this site. Thanks for the video. I have been looking for info on uncle Tony. Apparently I got my middle name from him.

It would be nice to chat...

You did a truly amazing job, Thanks.
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August 29th, 2012, 7:54 pm #12

Josie,
Thanks for posting the link to the video. Would you mind if i post it on another RAF related forum that i am a moderator on.
Alan.
Yes Alan, please use the video link in any RCAF website or blog that you feel might be appropriate. Bear in mind that as Canadian residents here in the UK, we have easier access to past squadron information you might need.

When we drove up to Tholthorpe aerodrome, we met a chap who is the local RCAF history buff, and has a lot more info and photos. He periodically has actual WWII squadron veterans come and visit the site. There was a general squadron reunion a few years back. Obviously their numbers are dwindling.

On the Tholthorpe village green, there's a Canadian memorial with a single Canadian maple tree imported years ago. Every year on Remembrance Day they usually have someone from the current RCAF come and give an honour salute.

The aerodrome itself is in a state of semi-decay as you might expect, but it's still there, including the control tower building which is now a private home.

<img width="312" height="225" src="http://www.controltowers.co.uk/t-v/imag ... pe_03e.jpg" alt="Tholthorpe_03e.jpg">
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Dennis Lorenz
Dennis Lorenz

December 2nd, 2012, 7:45 pm #13

Does anyone have any pictures or knowledge of Antonio Roski ? Uncle... can't find any pictures of "L"


MZ-687 "L" did not return. pilot F/O GF Pritchard, 2nd Dickey P/O RH Davies, ba F/O Block, nav F/O Moffit, gun WO1 Surles, wop WO2 DBH Lorenz, ag F/Sgt AG Roski, and gun Sgt KG Boucock.

Thanks
I am the son of the Wireless operator on that aircraft, and I have a picture of the crew, or most of it. Unfortunately, it is partially cut off on the left side, where Tony Roski was standing.
I was in contact with Chris Watts and Josie--?last name Kolbuh in 2010, and we together figured out what happened on the final night. I lost contact with them--the last I heard was that Chris was very sick; however, my understanding was that Chris was sharing the information with the Roski family. I have copies of the Emails we exchanged, and can send them to you, along with the picture I have of the whole crew. There is also a copy of a letter written to Mrs Pritchard by pilot Officer Proud--the Flight Engineer, who was the only survivor; as well I have a copy of P/O Proud's debriefing after coming home from the POW camp. This tells how they were shot down and ditched.
Send me an Email with your Email address, and let me know which of this you would like a copy of.
Dennis
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Dennis Lorenz
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December 2nd, 2012, 8:10 pm #14

This is a six minute memorial video of Halifax MZ687. It shows a high resolution photo of my uncle, Tony Roski, who was the tail gunner. The video also shows all the other crew members, plus the original flight log of the flight engineer, the sole survivor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=G_1-I5AeEg8

We're Canadian, but we live 14 miles from the Tholthorpe aerodrome where they were based. We've been there and talked to the local expert/British liason chap who knows all about the various squadrons stationed there.
Hi Josie: We wrote back and forth a couple of years ago-actually Chris and I did. We lost touch, and I am wondering if Chris is okay, and how was he making out with the project he was doing about the crew?
Dennis
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Dennis
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December 2nd, 2012, 8:53 pm #15

Does anyone have any pictures or knowledge of Antonio Roski ? Uncle... can't find any pictures of "L"


MZ-687 "L" did not return. pilot F/O GF Pritchard, 2nd Dickey P/O RH Davies, ba F/O Block, nav F/O Moffit, gun WO1 Surles, wop WO2 DBH Lorenz, ag F/Sgt AG Roski, and gun Sgt KG Boucock.

Thanks
Sorry if I added some stuff you didn't need; i neglected to page down before replying to your message.
Dennis
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Norma Marie Tanguy-Boucock
Norma Marie Tanguy-Boucock

December 21st, 2012, 10:33 pm #16

This is a six minute memorial video of Halifax MZ687. It shows a high resolution photo of my uncle, Tony Roski, who was the tail gunner. The video also shows all the other crew members, plus the original flight log of the flight engineer, the sole survivor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=G_1-I5AeEg8

We're Canadian, but we live 14 miles from the Tholthorpe aerodrome where they were based. We've been there and talked to the local expert/British liason chap who knows all about the various squadrons stationed there.
I watched yesterday "The Last Flight of Halifax MZ687" I sent the link to a niece in Canada. Finally, I have a picture/face on Kenneth. His father Fuller Brock Boucock was my grandpa's brother. My father (from Merritton)fought in Europe and met my mother here in Holland. My father died in 1950 (heart attack), and I was only 14 months. Do you have by any chance more things about Kenneth George Boucock. Thanks again. Merry X-mas to you all and God bless you.
Norma Marie
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Lorraine
Lorraine

April 6th, 2013, 9:20 pm #17

Hi,
I'm the editor and writer for a small newsletter called Merritton Matters. A reader sent me the link to the video and I'm putting together an article on Ken.

I have no information on his family except his mom and dad's name and that they lived on Ball Avenue in Merritton at the time of his birth. Please email me if you have anything else.

Lorraine
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John Aberhardt
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November 21st, 2014, 3:34 am #18

I watched yesterday "The Last Flight of Halifax MZ687" I sent the link to a niece in Canada. Finally, I have a picture/face on Kenneth. His father Fuller Brock Boucock was my grandpa's brother. My father (from Merritton)fought in Europe and met my mother here in Holland. My father died in 1950 (heart attack), and I was only 14 months. Do you have by any chance more things about Kenneth George Boucock. Thanks again. Merry X-mas to you all and God bless you.
Norma Marie
Was struck with awe and tears as I watched the Last Flight and saw my uncle. I was not expecting it. Was just researching about the Halifax . I had always thought he was on a Lancaster. Then there he was.
Would like to make contact with family of other crew members.
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Anne Gafiuk
Anne Gafiuk

November 22nd, 2014, 6:27 pm #19

Does anyone have any pictures or knowledge of Antonio Roski ? Uncle... can't find any pictures of "L"


MZ-687 "L" did not return. pilot F/O GF Pritchard, 2nd Dickey P/O RH Davies, ba F/O Block, nav F/O Moffit, gun WO1 Surles, wop WO2 DBH Lorenz, ag F/Sgt AG Roski, and gun Sgt KG Boucock.

Thanks


Have you seen this link? I have info on the flight as well, as Bob Davies, from Okotoks, Alberta, Canada, is part of a research project I am working on.

Please email me at anne@whatsinastory.ca and I will send you what I have about your uncle and his crew. The video on YouTube is excellent.

Regards,
Anne
www.whatsinastory.ca
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Joel Sape
Joel Sape

April 2nd, 2015, 1:49 am #20

Was struck with awe and tears as I watched the Last Flight and saw my uncle. I was not expecting it. Was just researching about the Halifax . I had always thought he was on a Lancaster. Then there he was.
Would like to make contact with family of other crew members.
Have found some pictures of the plane they shared with another crew. It was MZ587. It has both crews names on the plane they shared. It was lettered C for champion. Have found little else...
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