Crash site of Halifax JB 869 'H' and research update

Martin Barratt
Martin Barratt

May 1st, 2006, 11:53 am #1

After an 11 year hunt I would like to thank Tom Wingham of the 102 Squadron Association and also Steve Heppenstall who must take full credit for identifying and locating the crash site of my father's aircraft(Tom for sheer persistence and Steve for some incredible work on the ground).

Since I first started looking into this story back in 1995 I must have racked up 1000s of hours on reserach (thanks also to Ian and the guys from 57 rescue for lots of invaluable help and info).

May 5th 2006 will be 63 years since the aircraft came down and hopefully - it will also be the day when appeals are published in the Glasgow press for relatives of the only crew member I haven't yet traced (F/Off Baxter) to come forward and complete the picture.

I have spoken with relatives of all of the other crew members:

Sgt Happold - pilot
Sgt Barratt - nav (my father)
Sgt Brownlie - wop
Sgt Bowles - Flt Engr
Fl Off Baxter - bomb aimer
Sgt McGregor - AG
Sgt Jones - AG

The long-planned book can now, finally, come to fruition.

Martin Barratt


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Neil Anderson
Neil Anderson

May 2nd, 2006, 8:42 am #2

Congratulations on a job well done.

I also have found six members of a halifax crews relatives with an elusive seventh to find.

goodluck
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Peter
Peter

May 2nd, 2006, 10:32 am #3

After an 11 year hunt I would like to thank Tom Wingham of the 102 Squadron Association and also Steve Heppenstall who must take full credit for identifying and locating the crash site of my father's aircraft(Tom for sheer persistence and Steve for some incredible work on the ground).

Since I first started looking into this story back in 1995 I must have racked up 1000s of hours on reserach (thanks also to Ian and the guys from 57 rescue for lots of invaluable help and info).

May 5th 2006 will be 63 years since the aircraft came down and hopefully - it will also be the day when appeals are published in the Glasgow press for relatives of the only crew member I haven't yet traced (F/Off Baxter) to come forward and complete the picture.

I have spoken with relatives of all of the other crew members:

Sgt Happold - pilot
Sgt Barratt - nav (my father)
Sgt Brownlie - wop
Sgt Bowles - Flt Engr
Fl Off Baxter - bomb aimer
Sgt McGregor - AG
Sgt Jones - AG

The long-planned book can now, finally, come to fruition.

Martin Barratt

It akes me back to the day 3 years ago when I found the exact crash site of my Uncle's lanc (W4317 QR-R 61 Sqn 17 April 43). It meant a great deal to me to stand in that place and pay my respects.

To quote Abe Lincloln, 'So costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom...'

Peter
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May 8th, 2018, 12:41 pm #4

Martin

This reply is probably far too late for you, but I have only just found this site. I note you were looking for the family of John Baxter.
My name is Alastair Hunter and I am is great nephew. I never knew John Baxter, but my Dad did, and I am well aware of him and his RAF history. I have a some documents relating to his record, have some aural stories of the crash and my family has visited the grave site at Rheinberg. I hope this email is not to late and finds you well.

Hoping to hear from you

Alastair
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