Skipton on Swale

Brian Ernest Eves
Brian Ernest Eves

January 15th, 2010, 5:56 pm #21

Sorry for not printing in my e-mail -- r.butson@sympatico.ca -- I am Rod Butson, the author of the book, Pride of the Porcupines 433 Sqdn. RCAF by Roderick L. Butson (2001)-- my book has listings of all Ops,all aircraft, all the crews on Ops, some photos from that era, which were graciously lent to me from veterans of that squadron -- I was in contact with Wing Commander A.J. Lewington and many more pilots and aircrew who did the Ops over enemy territory -- If you need info -- contact me by e-mail -- I am sorry but my book is out of print -- but I can usually help if questions are about 433 Porcupine Squadron.
Rod,
Could you please provide me with some details to enable me to purchase a copy of this book.
Publisher and ISBN code would be very helpful.
My Uncle, Ernest Osborne RAF served in 433 squadron. He flew as an Air Gunner in Halifax BM H, LV841 and was lost on the 25th March 1944. His pilot was P.O Lossing RCAF
I have electronic photos of my uncle, 1 posed in uniform, 1 in full flying gear and several of his training unit.
I'm looking to identify where my uncles Halifax came down, homebound, presumed crippled by Flak, crashed in open countryside 5 km N of Sandersleben, 5 km NE of Hettstedt.
Many thanks

Brian.
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roderick butson
roderick butson

January 15th, 2010, 8:11 pm #22

Hi Brian, Sorry, my book is out of print (none left)however - I am able to give you much info about your uncle earnest's crew - the F/S H. Lossing crew were dispatched on the night of March 25/26 to bomb Berlin. Pilot Lossing, Nav Robinson, and I think W/ag Davey were presumed/confimed killed in action, also KIA were A/B Dancey and F/Eng Sporne. Undetermined KIA and not found were gunners E. Osbourne and F.E. Simons. I am hopeful you will find the crash sight of Halifax LV841-H-Harry... It is great that a nephew of our airmen is looking for clues to find their (Lossing crews') last resting place. I will look for more gen about the crew --- you can email me --- I will try to help -- Rod
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Joined: December 23rd, 2009, 4:37 pm

January 15th, 2010, 9:42 pm #23

Hi, Has anyone anything at all,no matter how trivial,on RAF Skipton on Swale.Any stories,photographs or contact from anyone who served there(air or groundcrew) would be much appreciated.
Thank you in advance.
Hello Mick

420 Squadron was stationed at Skipton on Swale from Aug to Oct 1942. They were flying Wellington III's. It appears the runways/base were not completed at this time as most, if not all, the ops were flown from Leeming. I have been working up the squadron history and I have parts of the squadron log book entries for this period up on my web site at http://www.aquatax.ca/index.html if you are interested. Hope to have the entire log and crew intel debriefs done sometime soon.

Cheers
dale
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Lesley Dixey
Lesley Dixey

February 4th, 2010, 8:30 pm #24

hi My dad was based at skipton-on-swale he was the flight engineer with a canadian squadron. He is the only survivor of his crew. He has photos stories, and lives in leeds, yorkshire. his name is denis warburton
Regards
Helen Abrahams
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My mum lived at Skipton on Swale in the huts at the end of the runway
she has alot of memories of that time.
Her name was Ethel Healey Her mum my Gran was Carrie Johnstone and her step dad was called Bill she had a sister called Lena and half sisters.
See if your dad can remember these
My mum has many fond memories of the boys as they were then and loves talking about that time


Your

Lesley
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keith
keith

March 8th, 2010, 6:22 pm #25

Hi, Has anyone anything at all,no matter how trivial,on RAF Skipton on Swale.Any stories,photographs or contact from anyone who served there(air or groundcrew) would be much appreciated.
Thank you in advance.
jan feb 1945 Halifax explodes on take off i think my my farther was on this Halifax
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March 8th, 2010, 6:33 pm #26

Hi, Has anyone anything at all,no matter how trivial,on RAF Skipton on Swale.Any stories,photographs or contact from anyone who served there(air or groundcrew) would be much appreciated.
Thank you in advance.
jan feb 1945 halifax explodes on take off i think my farther was on the plane he was f/o fleming
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richard.k
richard.k

March 9th, 2010, 12:59 am #27

Hello Keith. Do you have a photo of the crew in question
Regards, Richard
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Steve Walls
Steve Walls

March 9th, 2010, 1:40 pm #28

jan feb 1945 halifax explodes on take off i think my farther was on the plane he was f/o fleming
Halifax LW164 - QB-C 424 Squadron Royal Canadian Airforce

Completed sixty-seven operations when lost.
Airborne 1921hrs 28Jan45 from Skipton-on-Swale but swung out of control when barely airborne, crashed and exploded.

W/C E.M.Williams AFC RCAF KIA
Sgt L.Tongue KIA
WO2 R.J.Nicolls RCAF KIA
F/S R.E.Chatfield RCAF KIA
WO2 G.J.Doyle RCAF KIA F/O
W.Fleming RCAF KIA F/O
J.E.H.B.Tremblay RCAF Inj "
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Graham Thompson
Graham Thompson

April 11th, 2010, 3:59 pm #29

Hi, Has anyone anything at all,no matter how trivial,on RAF Skipton on Swale.Any stories,photographs or contact from anyone who served there(air or groundcrew) would be much appreciated.
Thank you in advance.
I am the Nephew of John Beisly (Flight Engineer, 433 Squadron). John asked me to take care of his RCAF memorabilia - of which I was proud to do. John's sister - my mother,who passed away a couple of years ago, was herself in the WAAFs and she met my father at Elsham Wold or Kirmington - never quite sure which one(!) and I served in the RAF many years after all this took place. My Mum's best friend married one of you Canadians - Bill McGrew - and emigrated to Canada after the war. Jill is still around and we exchange Christmas cards - she's my God Mother.

My wife Clare and I are going to see Uncle John in York again this summer and I've promised to take him to see the Halifax at Elvington - now it's finished.
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October 24th, 2011, 9:30 pm #30

Rod,
Could you please provide me with some details to enable me to purchase a copy of this book.
Publisher and ISBN code would be very helpful.
My Uncle, Ernest Osborne RAF served in 433 squadron. He flew as an Air Gunner in Halifax BM H, LV841 and was lost on the 25th March 1944. His pilot was P.O Lossing RCAF
I have electronic photos of my uncle, 1 posed in uniform, 1 in full flying gear and several of his training unit.
I'm looking to identify where my uncles Halifax came down, homebound, presumed crippled by Flak, crashed in open countryside 5 km N of Sandersleben, 5 km NE of Hettstedt.
Many thanks

Brian.
Hi Brian...i was just looking at an old post from last year and i came across a familiar name "Sgt. E. Osborne" He was in my uncles crew, his name was D.A. Robinson (Flying Officer, Navigator). They were on the same Halifax LV-841 when it went down....Would you have any pictures of the crew. I already have one, given to me by R. Koval. It's a very nice one by the way.
Not sure if you'll be getting this msg. but i'm taking a chance.
Lise
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