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BAIRSTOW, Gordon Herbert (New 20/02/2019)
BAKER, Donald (Revised 04/06/2018)
BARNARD, Leslie William Arthur (Revised 04/06/2018)
BARNES, Alick Dennis (Revised 04/06/2018)
BARNES, Michael Campbell (Revised 04/06/2018)
BARTER, William James (Revised 24/11/2018)
BASSON, Peter Henry (Revised 30/10/2018)
BATEMAN, Gerard (Gerald) (Revised 04/06/2018)
BATES, E.W. (Revised 04/06/2018)
BATTEY, Kenneth Charles (Revised 17/06/2018)
BAYLEY, Leonard Albert (Revised 31/10/2018)
BEDWARD, Alfred Arthur Charles (Revised 17/06/2018)
BELLINGHAM, Leslie Horace (Revised 17/06/2018)
BENNETT, Edwin John (Revised 17/06/2018)
BENSTEAD, Gerald Robert (Revised 17/06/2018)
BERRY, Frederick Charles (Revised 17/06/2018)
BERRY, Hilda Cyrilla Madeline * (Revised 17/06/2018)
BETCHLEY, Richard Kendrick (Revised 17/06/2018)
BEVAN, George Leslie (Revised 08/07/2018)
BIRD, Edward John (Revised 18/06/2018)
BIRKHEAD, George Thomas (Revised 18/06/2018)
BLACKMAN, Catherine Amelia (Revised 18/06/2018)
BLACKMAN, Harry Edwin (Revised 18/06/2018)
BLACKMAN, Laura Kate (Revised 18/06/2018)
BLISS, John Miller (Revised 18/06/2018)
BLOXAM, Arthur George (Revised 11/09/2018)
BOCUTT, Alexander Herbert * (Revised 18/06/2018)
BOND, Rose Ethel * (Revised 02/12/2017)
BOUSFIELD, John Henry (New 09/01/2018)
BOWDEN, Ronald Walter * (Revised 04/03/2018)
BOWLES, Edmund Leonard see BOWLES, Leonard Edmund
BOWLES, Leonard Edmund (Revised 23/06/2018)
BOXALL, Stanley Edward (Revised 23/06/2018)
BRIDGMAN, Edward James (Revised 23/06/2018)
BRIGHT, Francis Edmund (Revised 23/06/2018)
BRISK, James (Revised 23/06/2018)
BROCKBANK, Maurice Chester * (Revised 23/06/2018)
BRODERICK, George Adrian Leonard (Revised 23/06/2018)
BROWN, Albert Edward * (Revised 23/06/2018)
BROWN, Albert Keith Winslow (Revised 23/06/2018)
BROWN, Charles * (Revised 23/06/2018)
BROWN, Harold (Revised 23/06/2018)
BROWN, Harry Archibald (Revised 23/06/2018)
BROWN, James Malcolm * (Revised 04/12/2018)
BROWN, William Thomas (Revised 23/06/2018)
BRYANT, George William (Revised 23/06/2018)
BUDGELL, Edward Rosslyn (Revised 23/06/2018)
BURLEY, Peter Richard Kenneth (Revised 24/06/2018)
BURLTON, Francis Arthur * (Revised 19/11/2017)
BURNHAM, Basile Ronald Martin (Revised 21/02/2019)
BURROUGH, John Hardy (Revised 24/06/2018)
BURTON, Margaret (Revised 17/01/2018)
BURY, Michael (Revised 24/06/2018)
BUSSELL, Raymond Meyrick (Revised 24/06/2018)
BUSSELL, Robert Andre (Revised 24/06/2018)
BUTTERWORTH, John Leslie Gilbert (Revised 24/06/2018)
BUZAN, Charles Walter (Revised 24/06/2018)
* = Not included in the Book of Remembrance for reasons unknown.
"Treasured memories of a son we all loved. Mum, Dad and family."
Having joined 218 Squadron, he was aboard Stirling BF319, HA-F, which took off just after midnight on 25 July 1942 and climbed to altitude over the North Sea. On testing his guns the rear gunner, Sergeant Leslie Barnard reported that he had a hydraulic oil leak, and his turret was out of action. The aircraft's part in the attack on Duisberg was aborted and 10,500 lb of high explosives jettisoned. On 29 July the crew were involved in an operation against Saarbrucken in BF319, HA-F, but again Leslie Barnard reported that the rear turret was unserviceable. The entire load of high explosive was jettisoned at 01:07hrs from 12,000 feet before the crew landed back at Downham Market just after 02:20hrs.
On 7 August 1942, at 01.10 hrs Stirling N6072 took off for Duisberg once more laden withwith 6x1000 lb GP + 7x500 lb GP bombs. Around 02:57 hrs N6072 was intercepted and shot down, by Hptm. Ludwig Bietmann of 5./NJG1 flying a Bf110, to crash into the west bank of the Maas near Kessel, 2 miles south of Venlo. Three of the crew had managed to bail out - the pilot, Sgt William Laidlaw, Wireless Operator Sgt David Maffett and Sergeant John Green the Observer - to become Prisoners of War.
"He died that we might live"
"Still with us. There is no death."
"Laughter is his, and gallantry of spirit, imperishable love enfolds him."
"Till we meet again."
"Never shall thy memory fade, sweet thoughts ever linger where thou art laid."
"Lovingly remembered. always in our hearts".
'BELOVED HUSBAND OF NAN AND DADDY OF ROBERT AND BARBARA'.
"Just for a while till we meet in that other Elysium".
"Sleep on, dear son, / and take thy rest."
" 'Forever with the Lord' he lies too far for me to plant his grave with flowers of memory".
"This last voyage made / safe in port again / a dear son and pal / home safe at last."
"Patrick G T Birkhead"
" 'There's some corner of a foreign field that is for ever England.' Of Epsom, Surrey."
'At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember him '.
"In treasured memory of my darling husband Len. In life one of the finest, in death one of the brave."
"Fell in the battle grim, the Lord was there and led him to the heavenly land."
"No fame or glory craved/ His life was modest / That life he gave / Ever in our thoughts."
"We all loved him and miss him; may we meet again, O Lord. Mum, Dad and all"
"Greater love hath no man."
"A light, a voice / from our home has gone / but in our hearts / he will linger on."
"Gone but not forgotten".
P/O J G ToplisAll of these are among the 1,466 WW2 Commonwealth casualties buried in Hamburg Cemetery. Peter's family took the option of adding a personal inscription to his headstone on Grave 5.A.F3,
Sgt P R K Burley
Sgt A W Gibson
Sgt H W J Barr
Sgt A Livesey
Sgt T W James
"All he had hoped for, all he had, he gave."
I lived at 19 Fletcher Buildings, at the back of Bow Street Police Station, WC2. All my family worked in Covent Garden Market. My dad, sister and me used to go down Holborn tube station to shelter with our bedding each night. As it happened, one of the bosses of Elder & Fyffe, the Shipping Offices opposite where we lived, saw us tramping with our bedding and often spoke to my dad when he was coming home for his breakfast. He said "Why don't you shelter here? It's a wonderfully built shelter; cost a lot of money…" It was wonderful to leave our bedding there. But on January 11th 1941 it got a direct hit. My mum, sister and me were dug out of the debris, but my dad was one of the twenty-eight killed. It was a Saturday night, but the building burned till the Tuesday afternoon. We were taken to Charing Cross Hospital in the Strand. My mum had head injuries; my sister had like a shell shock. We both had cuts and were very bruised. My mum had her life savings stolen. She had the money and jewellery in a holdall bag. They had two cranes clearing the debris, but not to find the bodies (my dad's remains weren't found for six weeks); it was to get to the vaults of a bank which was all part of the building."
The night of January 11th is particularly remembered for the direct hit on Bank Underground Station, which blew out the windows of two trains in the station, wrecked the escalators, and collapsed the road into the station. The bomb left a crater over one hundred feet across and killed fifty-six people, and injuring sixty-nine.
Wing Cmdr. Kenneth Bruce Corbould - 39211whilst
Sgt. Trevelyan Ivan Powis - 1813257
F/Lt. John Hardy Burrough - 135500
F/Sgt. David McCann - 1322549
F/Sgt. Ernest James Sinfield - 1084554
P/O Frederick Sydney Leech - RCAF J/92652
F/Sgt Carl Robert Tibbo - 798756 (RAF from Newfoundland)
P/O George Booth - 188621, Wireless Op./Air Gunner was recovered and his remains interred at Tonsberg Old Cemetery on the west coast of Oslofjiord.
"Always in our hearts. Sadly missed by Dad and Mam, Jim and Sheila".
"So he passed over and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side."
" Much beloved second son of R.E. and A.M. Bussell. 'He died that we might live' ".
The interior of the memorial to the British crew of the crashed plane is credited to Erwin Fischer and the chairman of the association for local history, Carl Muth. The Bristol Blenheim had crashed during the night of 3 to 4 May 1940, seven days before the start of the French campaign, on the western slope of the Hornisgrinde in Sasbacher district. Erwin Fischer explained that the British had, on the outbreak of war, based a Bristol Blenheim squadron at Poix near Amiens in northern France. From there, the plane took off by 2 p.m. in the direction of Metz and after refuelling continued to night reconnaissance over the Rhineland and the Schwarzwald.
Flagman Josef Fallert was on night duty at the railway crossing Römerfeld in Sasbach. He noted the low-flying aircraft, emitting a strange engine noise. From the Rhine, it flew towards Achertal and from Hornisgrinde he observed a glow of light. Because the crash site was in Sasbacher woodland, the recovery of the dead crew fell to the community of Sasbach and was organised by Anselm Vollmer and Hermann Fischer. The three British airmen were laid in the cemetery chapel of St. Michael, the military funeral was held in Achern on 6 May 1940. An 'Ehrenzug' [honour guard?] from the Wehrmacht, a music corps, divisional chaplain and an officer in the Air Force gave the dead their last respects. The band played in honour of the fallen enemy the song from 'Good fellow', the Ehrenzug fired three volleys over the graves decorated with lilac wreaths.
"In proud and loving memory of our dear son. May he rest in peace."
"Jesus shall reign where'er the sun doth his successive journeys run."