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Joined: March 21st, 2018, 12:44 am

March 21st, 2018, 9:21 pm #1

I just stumbled on this forum yesterday. Not only am I surprised that this forum exists but how active it is. 

My dad was a bomb aimer in 76 squadron from March of 1944 through March 1945. He passed away just a few weeks ago (the last of his crew) but I was fortunate enough to  video interview him starting with his military experiences.  I started transcribing those interviews but I have much more work to do.  I now have his log books in front of me that will soon be scanned and added our family genealogy records. 

In the meantime I will be lurking here, learning as much as I can. 

Regards, Grant
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March 28th, 2018, 11:59 pm #2

Oscar56 wrote: I just stumbled on this forum yesterday. Not only am I surprised that this forum exists but how active it is. 

My dad was a bomb aimer in 76 squadron from March of 1944 through March 1945. He passed away just a few weeks ago (the last of his crew) but I was fortunate enough to  video interview him starting with his military experiences.  I started transcribing those interviews but I have much more work to do.  I now have his log books in front of me that will soon be scanned and added our family genealogy records. 

In the meantime I will be lurking here, learning as much as I can. 

Regards, Grant
Hello Grant,
I'm sorry to hear about your father's passing.
My father was a flight engineer on 76 squadron at Holme on Spalding Moor between mid June '44 and mid-August '44.
He flew on Tom (Jock) Neill's crew. He went operational just two weeks after D-Day and from his logbook I can see that the bulk of their ops at that time were against V1 "Ski sites", fuel dumps and a raid on Mimoyecques on the 27 June. Listed in his logbook as Mont Candon, it was thought to be involved with the V2 rocket system, la Coupole is very close but it actually turned out to be the site of the V3 "super gun" which was finally put out of action by 617 sqdn in August, I believe.
His last op on 76 sqdn was the raid on the Opel vehicle works at Russelsheim whe two Halifaxes from the squadron were lost; LL578, F/O Ing and LW695, Flt.Lt Cramer.
My father's Halifax was hit by flak which damaged the aircraft and sadly killed the rear gunner, Sgt. Appleby. The aircraft limped back to the UK and crash landed at the emergency aerodrome at Woodbridge.
After that, he went back to 1652 HCU and then posted to 77 Sqdn at Full Sutton.
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Joined: March 21st, 2018, 12:44 am

March 29th, 2018, 5:44 pm #3

Thanks for the note Brian.

I just finished scanning my father's 2 log books.  My father was at Holme on Spalding Moor from July 1944 to March 1945 then was posted to Long Marston, Warkwickshire.  The final entry in his log book was from 06 July 1945 which was a "spectator trip" to Ruhr.  His log shows a total of 70 flights with 76 Squadron of which 42 were operations and 2 were early return.

Perhaps our fathers were on the same operations during their overlap period?

I will have to write up a summary of the operations my father was on and post those to another thread on this forum.

regards, Grant
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