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The plan is to add new pages & information to this web site on the 6th of each month.

Please visit again in the future to read further information on other relevant personnel; details of other training locations; log book; life in 462 Sqdn at Foulsham; Halifax NA-240 Z5-V and the Special Duties Equipment used in Radio Counter Measures; flight plan for the last flight on 10 April 1945; other losses in the same raid; my experiences in Germany in 2005 and 2015, and UK in 2012; correction of factual errors regarding NA-240 in published books and web-sites; and more.

Wanted for use on this Tribute Website – scans of photos of Air Crews or individuals (including ground staff) who served with 462 Squadron at Driffield 1944, or Foulsham 1945; or Middle East and North Africa 1942-1944; also scans of photos of Halifax aircraft, equipment, buildings, daily life or events at those locations during that time, or of any other 462 Squadron memorabilia – no original photos or items, thank you. Please also advise if you can identify any person or location in photos on this site, or if you notice any factual or typographical errors. If you can assist, please make contact. All contributors will be listed in the acknowledgements.

Where this writer has made corrections to identification, dates, photographs, or other written information relating to 462 Squadron, as previously published by other authors in other sources, no offence to those original authors is intended or implied.

This website is created using Adobe Dreamweaver and Adobe Photoshop, and tested with Internet Explorer. In other browsers, a few of the pages do not display as originally intended. Please accept my apologies. Pages will be re-formatted over time (any tips from website designers or developers would be much appreciated). Print test is for page format A4 portrait, with margins of 10mm (top, bottom, left, right). Reminder to all that no replies are sent from na240 at this website, so if you do receive an email with na240 in the sender's address, it may be SPAM.

6 June 2017 – Creation of page for Memorials for 462 Squadron, Middle East Command, which lists those members of 462 Squadron, who lost their lives during 462 Squadron's existence in the Middle East. They are buried in various cemeteries, as detailed on that page. Those with no known grave, have their names listed in the Air Force Panels of the Alamein Memorial in Egypt.
Creation of page with photos of 462 Squadron at various locations, Middle East Command, with thanks to The Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia and the RAAFA Bull Creek, WA, for scanning the photos and sending them with associated information.
If you assist with photos of, or information about any of those listed on either Midle East page, please make contact.
Re-format of page for John Walker Horridge with addition of scans of all pages from his Flying Log Book (Bomb Aimer, Carthy crew).
Update Memorials home page; and Locations home page; and Site Map; and links on various pages; correct typos.

6 May 2017 – Changes to the relevant section of the Squadron Crews UK page, with more information about the Non-Operational Air Crew personnel posted FROM 192 Squadron TO 462 Squadron on 28 May 1945; their crew positions have now been identified, and they have been grouped by crew according to the 192 Squadron ORB, with thanks again to Michael Stark.
Changes to page for John Walker Horridge, Bomb Aimer for the Carthy crew, with extra personal information, details of his RAFVR training and service history sourced from his Log book, and addition of scans of documents and photos from the Horridge Family Archives. This information has also enabled the estimation of the timeline for the crew formation, and their training and postings as a crew.
Changes to page for Carthy Crew 17, with extra crew information (timeline deduced from Horridge's data); a list of the Crew's Ops at 462 and 466 Squadrons (from 462 Squadron ORB, and "Brave and True"); addition of photo of Halifax LW440 Z5-B (Horridge Family Archives); addition of 2 Group photos at Driffield in January 1945 (from 466-462 Squadrons' Association); and information on the post-war career in the RAF of Flight Engineer John Kerr Leyden (from London Gazette).

6 April 2017 – Due to local extreme weather events, little has been added for this month's update, although research has been ongoing.
This month is the Anniversary of the loss of Halifax NA240 Z5-V, Pilot Ball and Crew 59 on 10 April 1945. That crew was the reason for the creation of this Tribute website and I would like to thank the families and friends of the crew, and also former 462 Squadron veterans who have helped to keep their story alive. Links to the individual crew members are via the Crew of Halifax NA240 Z5-V page. They may also be seen in photos at 27 OTU Church Broughton, 1652 HCU Marston Moor, and in the various group photos at 462 Squadron Foulsham. Links to the crash site, aircraft loss file, crash investigation, wreckage disposal, and graves are via the crash details page. A Memorial is at Zaasch where NA240 crashed, and the crew's names are in the Books of Remembrance at St Clement Danes.
April is also the Anniversary of the loss of Halifax MZ467 Z5-C, Pilot Lodder and Crew 44 on 17 April 1945.
Both crews are remembered at various Memorials, but in particular at the Australian War Memorial.
NA240 (7 KIA and 1 survivor/PoW) and MZ467 (5 KIA and 3 survivors/PoWs) were the last 2 aircraft losses for 462 Squadron.
Details of some Non-Operational air crew personnel POSTED IN during May 1945 have been received and added to the relevant section of the Squadron Crews UK page. Thanks go to Michael Stark for information on ten personnel who were posted FROM 192 Squadron TO 462 Squadron. Both squadrons were located at RAF Foulsham. Information on other postings have been sourced from the National Archives of Australia (NAA). The list of Un-aligned Air Crew personnel (August 1944 to April 1945) on the same page, has also been updated.
Thanks are also extended to John Dann in the UK, for funding the digitization of several (many) RAAF aircrew Service Files at the NAA, thus making available photos and service histories of 462 Squadron personnel.

6 March 2017 – This date is the 92nd Anniversary of the birth of Mid-Upper Gunner Johnny Tait and Rear Gunner Max Hibberd, who were both born on 6 March 1925 (both pages re-formatted); links to other crew members via the re-formatted Crew of Halifax NA240 Z5-V page;
Identification of a "Sweetheart brooch" from Wireless Operator Ron Taylor's personal effects, with thanks to Lindsay Cheal for this advice;
Addition of photos of Pierre Rene Yan Donaldson, Mid-Upper Gunner of Crew 10, Pilot Rodgers, with only Rodgers and F/Eng Crawford yet to be identified in the crew photo – if you can assist please make contact;
Addition of photos of Flight Engineer Sgt George Arthur Edgar SANDAY and Special Duties (WINDOW) Sgt Leslie Edward MILES to re-formatted page for Crew 52 Pilot Astill;
Addition to Crew 48, Pilot Rohrlach – Memoir "Zebra Five November" written by W/Op Douglas Henry Lawrence in 1995 (Part 1 as a pdf attachment, and Part 2 Supplementary as a transcription on the Crew's web page);
Addition of enlistment photo of Rear Gunner Allan Farmer to Crew 28, Pilot Frank Edward Nelder, as well as RAAF Service information for Nelder and Farmer (sourced from the National Archives of Australia), and some additional information about other members of this crew;
Re-formatting of each of the following crew pages (to correct display errors) – Hall crew (Middle-east); M.J.Hibberd Caterpillar Club page; Pilot Alf Ball of crew of NA240; Navigator Neil Vernon Evans; also Crew 47, Pilot Britt; Crew 23, Pilot Cookson; Crew 13, Pilot Rate; Crew 64, Pilot Scott; and pages for Other Personnel Gordon Robert (Bob) Wilson;
Update Acknowledgements.

6 February 2017 – Addition and/or correction of names for Special Duties (Radio Counter Measures) on Squadron Crews UK page, with thanks to David Champion, researcher of 101 Squadron;
Addition of information and photo of Richard POWELL, Rear Gunner of Crew 41, Pilot Sharp, with thanks to Richard's grandson Robert Hall; and also addition of photos of that crew's Pilot, George Christopher Barr SHARP, with thanks to Chris's niece Jenny Moon;
Addition of personal information on Derrick Edward MILLER (Dusty), Navigator for Crew 26, Pilot Uther page, with thanks to Dusty's son Richard Miller; also photos of the Bomber Command and 462-466 Squadron Banners in the 2016 ANZAC Day Parade Sydney, and information on post war life of the Pilot Don Uther, with thanks to Don's daughter Jane Bannister;
Addition of information from Thomas John Cunningham (Paddy), F/Eng of Crew 10, Pilot Thomas, sent via Tim Dawe, with thanks to Tim and Paddy;
Addition of photos of Nav Keith Thomas Clarke, MU/AG William Edward Dyer and R/AG Leo Kevin Rahaley to Crew 7, Pilot Cuttriss, from their Service Files at the National Archives of Australia; update with extra information, with thanks to the Pilot's daughter Sally-Ann Cuttriss, and the Nav's son Keith James Clarke; information also sourced from "Brave and True";
Addition of photos taken during the weekend of 7th 8th, and 9th October 2016, including the Memorial Service at Bredenscheid on 9 October 2016, the 72nd Anniversary of the loss of Halifax MZ400 Z5-J and all of Crew 29, Pilot Coleman, with thanks to Peter and Julia Muxlow, and John Pettifer; also some re-formatting of that page;
Update Acknowledgements.

6 January 2017 – Addition of photos and documents for Flight Engineer Frederick BROOKES, of Crew 59, Pilot Alf BALL, with thanks to Andy Brookes, Fred's great-nephew;
Creation of page for Crew 51, Pilot Jack Roy SMITH, with thanks for photos supplied by Ian Robert GOLDIE, son of the crew's Wireless Operator Gordon Leo GOLDIE (Bill); due to information received from Ian, the page for crew's Rear Gunner Albert Buckley OAKES has also been updated;
Addition of newly discovered information relating to Coleman Crew 29, and including photos and details of the Memorial Service on 9 October 2016, the 72nd Anniversary of the loss of Halifax MZ400 Z5-J and all of its crew; with thanks to members of the Muxlow family, and their German and UK research contacts;
Addition of photos and information relating to Rohrlach Crew 48, with thanks to the crew's Wireless Operator Doug Lawrence for access to his 1995 Memoirs ("Zebra Five November"), and also to Doug's son John Lawrence, and grandson Aaron Lawrence for their research into the loss of Halifax MZ469 Z5-N; thanks to the three generations of the Lawrence family (including Alison and another grandson Mark), and to the families of the crew in the UK for photos contributed to this Tribute site; thanks also to their research contacts in Belgium and the UK. Please note: 6 January 2017 is the 72nd Anniversary of the loss of Halifax MZ469 Z5-N and seven of its crew on the night of 6 January 1945, with Doug Lawrence the sole survivor and Prisoner of War, and now aged 93 going on 94. We will remember them.
Update names &/or Service Numbers &/or links on 462 Squadron Foulsham and 462 Squadron Driffield pages, and Squadron Crews UK;
update Site Map and Acknowledgements.

6 December 2016 – Renamed some of the main links on Home page – old "Crash Details" now "Crash Details NA240 Z5-V", as the details relate only to Halifax III NA240 Z5-V and Crew 59, and not to any other aircraft or crew of 462 Squadron;
similarly renamed "Crew" page as "Crew 59 NA240 Z5-V"; and also renamed "Log Book" as "Log Book R/AG Crew 59"; linked pages also renamed (my apologies for any previous confusion);
Addition of photos to page for the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, with thanks to Lynn Nickols for photos of the Bomber Command Memorial and the "466 and 462 Squadrons RAAF" plaque; and thanks to Sheryl Weston for photos of plaques dedicated to "467 and 463 Squadrons RAAF" and to 460 Squadron RAAF;
Addition of 1986 reunion photo which includes David Mercer, the Bomb Aimer for Crew 10, Pilot John Thomas RODGERS, with thanks to the 466/462 Squadrons Association and John Dann;
Addition of photo of AC2 Fennell, and replacement of two group photos on page for Pilot Hall and crew (scans of copies now replaced with scans of original photos, located after the page went online on 6 November 2016, thanks to Avril Browne and John H C Fennell);
Addition of photo of 4 members of the Anderson Crew during the march to the Unveiling of the Driffield Memorial in September 1993; also photos of 3 members (and wives) of that crew at the roll-out of Halifax "Friday the 13th" on Friday 13th September 1996, Elvington (with thanks to former Flight Engineer Duke Newstead);
Identification of Gordon Leo Goldie in photo of "Wireless Operators, March 1945" (462 Squadron Foulsham) confirmed by his son Ian;
Correction to date of birth for W/Op O'Donnell in Scott Crew (error in listing on WW2 Nominal Roll has also now been corrected);
Creation of page for Crew 6, Pilot Ronald James THOMAS, with thanks for photos supplied by Margaret Szalay, daughter of the crew's Navigator J D K Schmidt;
Ongoing additions/corrections to names and Service Numbers on Squadron Crews UK page; update Site Map and Acknowledgements.
Advice has been received from the 466/462 Squadrons Association via John Dann, that Arnold Pearce Derrington passed away in England on 30 October 2016. My sympathy is extended to his family and friends. Arnold Derrington, known as "Derry", was posted from 466 Squadron, Driffield (7 Ops, Crew 139) to 462 Squadron, also at Driffield, in August 1944. He was Navigator in Crew 8 of 462 Squadron (Pilot David Leslie Evans, 405579 RAAF). Derry carried out 24 Ops at 462 Squadron, then his crew was posted back to 466 Squadron in late December 1944, where they carried out a further 6 Ops. He must have shown early signs of "officer potential" as he had been Commissioned from the rank of Leading Aircraftman, 1586658 RAFVR, to the rank of Pilot Officer, 157333, effective 2nd October 1943. He was promoted to Flying Officer effective 2nd April 1944, and was awarded a DFC, gazetted 22 May 1945.
The website was very busy for the weeks around Remembrance Day 11 November, with many email inquiries, and also offers of photos and information for existing and proposed new pages. Thank you all – please be patient as it will all be added as soon as possible.

6 November 2016 – In late September, the sad news was received of the death on 15 September 2016 of former Pilot William John Frazer, aged 93 years & 10½ months. Thanks go to his daughter Sue Hanna for this advice. Frazer and his Wireless Operator Arthur De Leacy had married sisters from County Durham after the War, with both wives later emigrating to Australia on a War Bride Ship (page updated).
Creation of page for Crew 10, Pilot John Thomas RODGERS, with thanks for photos and information supplied by Lynn Nickols, daughter of Ivan Alexander ARCHER (Sandy), the crew's Navigator/Observer; also thanks to John Dann for information on Moyle, the crew's W/Op;
Creation of page for the crew and Pilot F/Sgt M F HALL, of 462 Squadron in 1943 when it was stationed in Egypt/Libya/Tunisia during the Desert War, with thanks for photos and information supplied by John H C FENNELL (Lt Col (Ret'd), Late Royal Engineers), nephew of Raymond LLewellyn FENNELL, the crew's Rear Gunner;
Addition of photos to page for Crew 45, Pilot Anderson, with thanks to former Flight Engineer Duke Newstead, also update crew information;
Update Squadron Crews UK page, Squadron Crews Middle East page; site map and acknowledgements, and all links.

6 October 2016 – Addition of information about Pilot Sydney John Carthy of Crew 17, with thanks to his nephew Mike Jeremy;
Addition of photo of Flight Engineers dated November 1944 to the 462 Squadron Driffield page, with thanks to Duke Newstead, Flight Engineer of the Anderson crew; this photo can be compared with that of Flight Engineers 1945 at 462 Squadron Foulsham;
Creation of page for Crew 63, Pilot Lyle David Robinson, with thanks to Duke Newstead for the photo of Pilot Lyle Robinson and Wireless Operator Bernard Francis Robinson;
Creation of page for Flight Engineer Leader William Folger Readhead, with thanks to Colin Pateman for information; Readhead photos cropped from Engineer's photos Driffield 1944 and Foulsham 1945 (supplied by Duke Newstead);
Creation of page for Crew 45, Pilot Henry Robert Anderson (Andy), again with thanks to Duke Newstead for the crew photos;
Correction to Pegram entry (KIA, Rate Crew) on Squadron Crews UK page; update site map and acknowledgements, and all links.
Reminder that the dedication service for the Memorial Plaque for the Crew of MZ400 will take place at Bredenscheid Church, Germany at 9:30am, Sunday 9 October 2016. It will be 72 years to the day from when Halifax MZ400 Z5-J crashed on the village brickyard and railway embankment. If you are interested in attending, please make contact and your email will be forwarded to the organiser Peter Muxlow, in the UK.

6 September 2016 – Seven year anniversary of this website going live on 6 September 2009. Thank you to all who have assisted.
Addition of details (first names or initials, rank, Service Numbers) to the photo of Flight Engineers at 462 Squadron Foulsham;
Creation of page for Crew 64, Pilot Walter Henry SCOTT, with thanks to John McManus of 466-462 Association, Sydney for crew photo;
Addition of photo of Murray FRANK in group of RAAF trainees at 4 ITS, Victor Harbour; South Australia (photo from AWM);
Addition of photo of PN433 Z5-A to the Halifax page; as well as a list of training and Operational Flights for Halifax NA240 Z5-V; and creation of links to the various aircraft photos, models, and artwork on that page (photo supplied by former Flight Engineer Tom Walker).

6 August 2016 – Addition of photos of Fl/Sgt Philip Hedley Malcolm LEVEY, Navigator of the Coleman Crew, with thanks to Philip's niece Margaret Carlyon (nee Levey) and nephew Frank Levey;
Creation of page for the Donaldson Crew, with thanks to Ann Lee (Skitch) for photos from the archives of Bomb Aimer Mervyn Vivian Murray SKITCH, and to the National Archives of Australia for enlistment photo of R/AG George Arthur Douglas LYNCH;
Identification of Engineer Leader F/Lt William Folger READHEAD as "Tam" by Colin Pateman (thank you); and update references to Readhead in Squadron Crews UK page, to the names for the photo of Flight Engineers on 462 Squadron Foulsham page, and to the transcription of F/Eng Mick MANNING's letter on the Max A Smith page; update acknowledgements and site map and all site links.

6 July 2016 – Addition of four photos of Rear Gunner John George LYNCH of Crew 37 (Pilot Frederick Harold RIDGEWELL), with thanks to Eddie Lynch (J G Lynch's nephew). Four of that crew, including Lynch and Ridgewell, were KIA on 24 February 1945, and four were taken as Prisoners of War.
Addition of enlistment photos of Pilot Frank Edward NELDER and Bomb Aimer John Maurice GRACE, both of Crew 28. Six of that crew were KIA on 23 October 1944, with Grace the sole survivor and Evader; photos from the National Archives of Australia.
Addition of photos of Pilot Mervin Walter ROHRLACH and Wireless Operator Douglas Henry LAWRENCE, both of Crew 48. Seven of that crew were KIA on the night of 6/7 January 1945, with Lawrence the sole survivor and PoW; photos from the National Archives of Australia.
Reformatting of those three crew pages. Update acknowledgements.
Confirmation has been received that the dedication service for the Memorial Plaque for the Crew of MZ400 will take place at Bredenscheid Church, Germany at 9:30am, Sunday 9 October 2016. It will be 72 years to the day from when Halifax MZ400 Z5-J crashed on the village brickyard and railway embankment. If you are interested in attending, please make contact and your email will be forwarded to the organiser Peter Muxlow, in the UK.

6 June 2016 – Creation of page for 462 Squadron, Driffield, Yorkshire (4 Group) covering the time from the Squadron re-formation in August 1944, to the end of December 1944 when it relocated to Foulsham, Norfolk, becoming part of 100 Group. The photo "462 Squadron Officers, Driffield, December 1944" has now been relocated from the 462 Squadron, Foulsham page to the new Driffield page. This new page will include photos of Squadron personnel at Driffield, as well as various aerial and ground photos of RAF Driffield, some from WW2, and some more recent. Addition of photo to page for Driffield Memorial. Correction of formatting errors on Squadron Crews UK. Update site links.

6 May 2016 – During April, the sad news was received of the death of former Pilot Leo Britt on 11 April 2016, aged 94½. Thanks go to Leo's grandson Christopher Britt for this advice. Leo's crew page has also had some resizing and repositioning of photos.
Addition of photo of Pilot F/Lt William Bolton Cookson DFC and relevant information, as well as some minor re-formatting to that crew's page (with thanks to Michael Courtenay for providing the photo).
Addition of photo of three Pilots of B Flight to the 462 Squadron page.
Addition of photo to Peter McCallum Paull page, and changes to correct spelling and format errors.
Changes to Noel Victor Hibberd page, and Max A. Smith page to correct display/format errors.
Similar corrections to the John Heggarty page, and the addition of the death of John's cousin Paul Jeffrey Meyvaert, on 6 October 2015, one month before his 94th birthday (refer to the genealogy section of the Heggarty page). An Honorary Associate of Harvard University, Jeffrey and another English cousin Viv, had both been very helpful with Heggarty family information, resulting in new contacts and the location of photos of John and his immediate family.
Contact has now been established with the Australian relatives of Fl/Sgt Philip Hedley Malcolm Levey, Navigator of the Coleman crew. Consequently there are new Levey photos and documents added, and some amendments to the genealogy section of that crew's page. Contact is still sought with relatives of Sgt Archibald James Mouat, Mid-Upper Gunner, and Pilot Gerald Coleman, who were both RAFVR. Negotiations are ongoing for a planned Memorial Service in Bredenscheid, Germany on the 9 October 2016, the 72nd Anniversary of the loss of Halifax MZ400 Z5-J and all seven of the Coleman crew. If you are interested in attending or can assist with locating relatives of Mouat or Coleman, please make contact and your email will be forwarded to the organiser Peter Muxlow, in the UK.

6 April 2016 – Creation of page for Crew 42 Pilot Peter Freston Whatling, with information and photos from the Dennis Claude Coleman Collection kindly provided by his son David Coleman. Sadly Dennis Coleman passed away on 19 December 2015, aged 89. Additional crew information may be viewed on the page for John William Harris, Bomb Aimer for this crew (John's page previously set up for 6 March 2012).
Addition of a recent photo of F/Eng Kenneth Mitchell to the Forte crew page, with thanks to Ken for this photo. He recently celebrated his 92nd birthday (30 January 2016).
Addition of recent photos outside the Respirator Workshop, Driffield, including relatives of 2 members of Crew 29 Pilot Gerald Coleman, with thanks to Peter and Julia Muxlow; a new genealogy section for crew members Mouat and Levey is also now included on that page, as Peter wishes to contact them as soon as possible. Please send an email via this site's contact page and it will be forwarded to Peter immediately.
Creation of page for Crew 26 Pilot Donald Grant Uther, with information and photos received from his daughter Jane Bannister, and her husband Kent.

6 March 2016 – This date is the 91st Anniversary of the birth of F/Sgt J.M.Tait (Mid-Upper Gunner) and F/Sgt M.J.Hibberd (Rear Gunner) who were both born on 6 March 1925. Links to their pages are via the Crew of Halifax NA240 Z5-V page. It is also the 7th anniversary of the date that the Domain name was registered and host server space purchased for this website (6 March 2009). Thank you to all who have contributed in any way to the continued growth of the site.
The sad news was received of the death in South Australia on 31 January 2016, of Bruce Alfred BELL (Dinger) 417941 RAAF. Bruce was aged 92 and was the Wireless Operator from Crew 45, Pilot Henry "Andy" Anderson. It had previously been thought that only two British members of this crew were still alive. Thank you to Bruce's daughter Anne, for this advice. On the 462 Squadron page, Bruce may be seen in the photo of Wireless Operators, Foulsham, March 1945, front row, left. On the same page, the caption for the photo of Pilots, Foulsham, April 1945 is incorrect, as Pilot O'Malley (in photo, front row, right) and crew were posted to the Squadron in June 1945. Similarly, the caption for the photo of the Flight Engineers, Foulsham, March 1945 is also incorrect, as F/Eng Ken Mitchell (back row, 2nd from right) was posted to the Squadron on/after 31 May 1945 (recorded in ORB as June 1945).
On the Squadron Crews, UK page –
.. addition of a second group of 12 RAAF W/Ops for Special Duties (WINDOW), April/May 1945;
.. addition of 24 un-aligned aircrew personnel from August 1944 to April 1945, who were not recorded in Ops;
.. addition of 6 non-operational crews (42 individuals), April and June 1945;
.. addition of 50 non-operational aircrew personnel not yet grouped by crew or crew position. If you can assist, please make contact;
Creation of page for Pilot/Captain P/O Bruce Forte and crew, which included Flight Engineer Sgt Kenneth Mitchell (with thanks to Ken and his son-in-law Peter Dickinson for the crew photo, and crew information).

6 February 2016 – Identification of P/O Robin Eugene Nicholls 434168 RAAF in the photo of Gunners (A Flight) of 462 Squadron, Foulsham, March 1945 (MU/AG 1944, Crew 35 Pilot/Captain Triggs, and MU/AG 1945, Crew 19 Pilot/Captain McGindle DFC) with thanks to Robin's son Dave;
addition or correction of first names and surnames, service numbers and Air Force on page for Squadron Crews UK;
fix format errors in table on page for Squadron Crews Middle East;
the sad news was received that Kenneth Spriggs passed away peacefully at home on 20 January 2016 – Ken was Mid Upper Gunner for Crew 40 Pilot/Captain Boyd, and is in the photo of Gunners (B Flight) March 1945, 462 Squadron, Foulsham.
Thank you to those who recently sent copies of photos or information, and my apologies that those items were not included this month – they should be added for the 6 March update. The time was instead used to research and answer many queries received regarding air crews and individuals in 462 Squadron, with the possibility of additional material for use on this site in the future – thank you for making contact.

6 January 2016 – Correction to birth date of F/Eng Stewart John Alfred Pegram, Crew 13 Pilot Rate, and addition of some personal information and a mini photo of him (with thanks to Donald Stewart and Jane Belair);
updates to "Additional Crew Information" section on page for Crew 41 Pilot Sharp with details of Postings for W/OP Kenneth Cavalier Peachey which also relate to Crew formation and postings, and also help to identify locations for some of the photos on that page, also some Peachey "family history" (with thanks to Chris Peachey); also correction of date of death for George Christopher Barr Sharp, and addition of personal information for him (with thanks to Sharp's niece Jenny Moon); extra information for the photo of MZ306 Z5-K on the Sharp crew page and the Halifax page;
addition of Halifax Memorial Artwork to the Aus. War Memorial and Halifax pages (thanks to Craig Rowland);
addition of "Requiem for Halifax Squadron" artwork to the Halifax page (original artist/s not yet identified);
corrections and additions to service details for Flight Engineer Dennis Claude Coleman (Crew 42, Pilot Whatling) on Squadron Crews UK and John Harris pages, and addition of photo of Halifax NA148 Z5-Z to Halifax page (with thanks to Dennis Coleman's son David Coleman for the photo and information). Dennis Coleman passed away peacefully in his sleep on 19 December 2015, after a long illness. He was aged 89 and 7 months. More photos and information for the Whatling crew will be added at a later date.
Creation of new Squadron Crews home page; renaming of original page Squadron Crews to 462 Squadron Bomber Command UK;
creation of page for 462 Squadron Middle East when it was stationed in Egypt/Libya/Tunisia during the Desert War;
creation of page for the crew captained by W/Cdr Peter George Batty Warner, which includes Sgt Charles Robert Borden Ainley who crewed with Warner as Bombardier;
creation of page for the crew captained by F/O Robert Hilary Vivian Thomas, which also included Bombardier F/Sgt Charles Robert Borden Ainley (with thanks to Alan Marr and Karen Ainley for photos and Ainley's personal information);
some minor changes to format on all of the above pages; check all links; update site map and acknowledgements (Thank you all).

6 December 2015 – Creation of page for Crew 37 Pilot Frederick Harold Ridgewell;
changes to 462 Squadron page with addition of better quality photo of "Wireless Operators, Foulsham March 1945" (with thanks to Chris Peachey); re-organisation of that page so that group photos are in the sequence of Pilots, Navigators, Bomb Aimers, Wireless Operators, Flight Engineers, Air Gunners A Flight, Air Gunners B Flight, Special Duties, "Top Brass", and other Officers; addition of photo of group of Special Duties Airmen (Window Dispensers), with thanks to Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia, RAAFA, Bull Creek; new links added to that page;
addition of information and Halifax photos to Sharp crew page, with the aircraft photos (NR239 Z5-D and MZ306 Z5-K) also included on the Halifax page (with thanks to Chris Peachey & Sandra Peachey, son & daughter of W/OP Kenneth Cavalier Peachey); addition of photo of Halifax LL600 Z5-C to Halifax page (with thanks to Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia, RAAFA, Bull Creek);
correction of arrival details for Rate crew (i.e. posted to 462 Squadron Driffield in August 1944, not to Foulsham as previously written, the crew relocating to Foulsham with the Squadron in late December 1944); a similar correction for Harrison-Broadley (Tootal crew) and a similar correction for all members of the Ely crew (my apologies for these repeated errors);
correction of typographical errors on various pages; update acknowledgements and site map.

6 November 2015 – Creation of page for Crew 41 Pilot George Christopher Barr Sharp (RNZAF), with photos kindly provided by Martin Bland and his brother, nephews of this crew's Navigator, George Sinton Bland;
addition of photos of Halifax LW440 Z5-B and NR284 Z5-Q to the Halifax page, with some added information on other aircraft on that page; addition of list of Radio Counter Measures personnel to Squadron Crews plus amendments to show additional first names (instead of initials) and Force, where these have been verified (new naming details also added to other relevant pages);
minor format changes to various pages; update acknowledgements and site map.

October 2015 – Creation of page for Crew 13 Pilot Allan John Rate; addition of Ops for Britt and crew; addition of Ops for Ely and crew; updates to Ops list for Cookson and crew (verified aircraft Z5 codes and names of 8th crew member for Special Duties), minor format changes to Britt and Ely and Cookson pages; amendment to Squadron Crews to show either KIA, or PoW, or Evader status for members of Black and Ely crews, and on-going correction of various errors in names, numbers and crew positions; addition of first Op as second Pilot for Coleman with total of 11 Ops for him, and 10 for his crew; fix page format error and re-position photos on Reed page; update site map.

6 September 2015 – Father's Day in Australia, and 6 years since this website was first introduced on 6 September 2009 (which was also Father's Day, the first Sunday in September annually). My thanks are extended to all who have contributed to this site.
Amendment to incorrect birth date on Frederick Brookes page;
Identification of crew members in photo on web page for Charlie Weeks and crew, and addition of a photo of the same crew with their Halifax after posting to 77 Squadron, with thanks to that crew's former Flight Engineer James Clark, and his sons Bob Clark and Mike Clark; also addition of extra photos of Charlie Weeks to same page, with thanks to Jeff M Weeks;
Identification of W/O Kenneth Cavalier Peachey 436272 RAAF in the photo of Wireless Operators of 462 Squadron, Foulsham, March 1945 (W/OP for Crew 41, Pilot/Captain George Christopher Barr Sharp, 425509 RNZAF), with thanks to Ken's son Chris Peachey;
Addition of photos of Navigator Edward Windus to page for Lodder and crew with thanks to Edward's niece Christine Corn; as well as photos of Errol Dallas Tisdell in the same crew (photos from the NAA);
Creation of page for Crew 47 Pilot Leo Britt, with crew photo supplied from the Austin James Bruce Cruickshank Archives, with thanks to his son Doug Cruickshank;
Addition of names of 12 Wireless Operators posted to 462 Squadron for Special Duties (WINDOW) to Squadron Crews;
Minor format and spelling corrections on various pages; update various links; update acknowledgements and site map.

6 August 2015 – Correction of birth date for Edward Windus, Navigator in Lodder crew (as advised by Edward's niece Christine); update to the Coleman crew including photos and service record for Rear Gunner Denis Roy Muxlow, a transcription of the 1948 official Crash Investigation Report, and photos and information about the loss of that crew's Halifax MZ400 Z5-J, as researched and reported by Peter Muxlow; more additions & corrections to names, Service Numbers and Air Forces for Squadron Crews, with inclusion of PoW or KIA status where applicable (this crew list is an ongoing project); update acknowledgements.

6 July 2015 – Correction of Op return time for 8 April 1945 on Walker page; on 462 Squadron photo page, addition of rank of F/Sgt for G F Hicks (who remained with the RAF post-war, and later retired at the rank of Squadron Leader), and some minor format changes to that page; correction of transcription error from page 2 of the letter from Mick Manning to Max Smith, (from 'tarts' to 'farts' therefore completely changing the meaning of the sentence); creation of page for Crew 39 Pilot Vivian Clive Ely; additions or corrections to names, Service Numbers and Air Forces for Squadron Crews and update links; update site map.

6 June 2015 – Addition or correction of first names and surnames, service numbers and Air Force to the page listing Squadron Crews, after extensive cross-referencing from various sources (on-going project, if you can correct or add to any of this information, please make contact); addition of letter from F/Eng Mick Manning 1891464/187960 RAFVR to Nav Max Arthur Smith 424803 RAAF in about August 1945, both previously of crew 12 Pilot/Captain Thrasher Taylor 415196 RAAF – this letter gives information about other members of, and events in 462 Squadron after hostilities ceased but before the squadron disbanded. Mick was still at Foulsham, but Max was back home in Australia.

6 May 2015 – No updates to website due to travel to Germany by the owner/author during the past month.
1. The Service to Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Loss of Halifax NA240 Z5-V was held at St. Ursula's Evangelische Kirche in Zaasch at 10 am on Friday 10 April 2015. Flowers were left under the Memorial Plaque, and an Australian Flag was presented to Pfarrer Matthias Taatz and Bürgermeisterin Frau Ines Möller. After the service, the crash site was visited. Attendees included:-
from Australia – a representative of the Hibberd family;
from England – Terry Cotterill, nephew of the Crew's Flight Engineer, Sgt Frederick Brookes; Peter & Julia Muxlow, relatives of Denis Roy Muxlow of the Coleman Crew;
from Germany – Pfarrer Matthias Taatz of St. Ursula's Evangelische Kirche in Zaasch; Bürgermeisterin Frau Ines Möller (Wiedemar); Ortschronist Herr Hans Dedek of Zaasch; Ms Lorri Miller of Zaasch; Gaby and Mario Teumer of Oschatz; Rolf Schulze of Hohenpriessnitz; people of Zaasch; Press photographers.
from Austria – representing the Royal Australian Air Force, Group Captain Ric Casagrande (former Australian Defence Attaché for Italy).
An article with photo was published in the Leipziger Volkszeitung Lokales on Tuesday 21 April 2015.
2. A symbolic 6km walk from Zaasch to the underground Cells at the Rathaus in Delitzsch was undertaken in memory of the sole survivor of the crew (Rear Gunner and Prisoner-of-War Maxwell James Hibberd). After the crash on 10 April 1945, he was taken Prisoner-of-War on 11 April 1945, and spent his first night as PoW in the Delitzsch cells.
3. A meeting was held with Oberbürgermeister Dr Manfred Wilde and Archivist Lars Freiberg (both of Delitzsch) and an Australian flag was presented to them, as well as a copy of a book for the Delitzsch Archives ("To See the Dawn Again; A History of 462 Squadron, RAAF") kindly supplied by the new 462 Squadron RAAF.
4. Visit to the Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery on ANZAC Day 25 April, to view the graves of seven members of that crew. Small Aussie flags and British Unions Jacks were placed alongside the relevant headstones, along with a poppy each. Graves of other Bomber Command crews lost on the same Op to Leipzig were also visited. As arranged, a meeting was held at the the Cemetery with Mr Philippe Fontaine (Head Gardener of the Commonwealth War Grave Cemeteries, Berlin) as well as with Colonel Russell J. Maddalena (Australian Army, and Defence Attaché, Berlin).
Photos and further details of the Commemorative events will be added to this website in later updates. Thanks are extended to all who contributed to the success of these events, and to those who provided photographs, and verbal and written translations.

6 April 2015 – Identification of Flight Engineer Sgt George Arthur Edgar Sanday, in the photo of Crew 36 Pilot Friend, with thanks to Sanday's grand-daughter Nancy; addition of some service numbers to Squadron crews; update acknowledgements; spelling corrections.
10 April 2015 is the 70th Anniversary of the loss of Halifax NA240 Z5-V. Arrangements have been completed for the Commemorative Service to be held at St. Ursula's Evangelische Kirche in Zaasch at 10 am on Friday 10 April 2015. Zaasch and Delitzsch dignitaries and researchers will attend, as well as representatives of the families of this crew (and others crews) from England and Australia. On ANZAC Day, 25 April, a visit is planned to the Crew's graves at Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery Section 4, Row Z, graves 7 to 13. (Please note that as a Centenary of WW1 Event, the annual ANZAC Day Service in Berlin has been relocated to the Berlin South West Cemetery, Stahnsdorf, to commence at the earlier time of 9.00 a.m.)

6 March 2015 – This date is the 90th Anniversary of the birth of F/Sgt J.M.Tait (Mid-Upper Gunner) and F/Sgt M.J.Hibberd (Rear Gunner) who were both born on 6 March 1925. Links to their pages are via the Crew of Halifax NA240 Z5-V page. It is also the 6th anniversary of the date that the Domain name was registered and host server space purchased for this website (6 March 2009). Thank you to all who have contributed in any way to the continued growth of the site. Due to unforeseen circumstances (a Category 5 Cyclone), there are no changes or additions to this website this month. My apologies go to those who have recently sent me material for use on this site. That material will be added in later updates. However ...... News Flash ...... 10 April 2015 is the 70th Anniversary of the loss of Halifax NA240 Z5-V.
There will be a Commemorative Service at St. Ursula Ursula Evangelische Kirche in Zaasch at 10 am on Friday 10 April 2015.
The aircraft crash site was on the outskirts of Zaasch, and the church cemetery was the location of the original communal grave for seven of the crew. A Memorial Plaque is now permanently displayed in the church foyer. Anyone with an interest in this crew is welcome to attend, however please advise your intention. Accommodation is available at Delitzsch, or Leipzig.
A representative of the sole survivor of the crew, Rear Gunner F/Sgt Maxwell James Hibberd, will attend the Zaasch Commemorative Service, as well as the annual ANZAC Day Service on 25 April 2015 at the Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, where the 7 Crew are buried in Section 4, Row Z, graves 7 to 13.

6 February 2015 – Creation of page for Crew 5 Pilot Aubrey William Lane, with thanks to Leigh Orchard, son of Rear Gunner Alan Wenfred Orchard, and to Joanna Rollinson, God-daughter of Flight Engineer Laurence Beecher; addition of some names and service numbers to Squadron Crews page; update acknowledgements, and site map.

6 January 2015 – addition of wedding photo and relevant information to the Arthur Herbert De Leacy page, with thanks to his English War Bride Nicky, and their son David and daughter Pauline; addition of "Croix de Guerre Attestation" and "Besluit Prins Regent Nr 3424 van 16 januari 1947" documents to Neville Owen Reed page, with thanks to his daughter Janice for obtaining these from the Minister of Defence, Belgium; some changes in format on the Cuttriss crew page, as well as addition of a photo of AC2 Alan George Cuttriss, and identification of Halifax "Good old J" and relevant Op info on that page, with thanks to John Dann for the ID; update acknowledgements.

6 December 2014 – Creation of page for Crew 57 Pilot John Stuart Tootal, who were all KIA in Halifax PN429 Z5-E on 24 February 1945 (one of four crews lost from 462 Squadron on that night); creation of page for Crew 17 Pilot Sydney John Carthy, and creation of page for the Bomb Aimer of Carthy's crew, John Walker Horridge (Jack), with thanks to Jon Horridge who kindly supplied photos and log book information belonging to his father; correction of some names and information on Squadron Crews page (deleting info that Carthy was "later KIA 466 Sq" as that was incorrect); update acknowledgements, and site map.

6 November 2014 – Creation of page for Crew 21 Pilot Robert Richard Mitchell (for the 70th Anniversary of the loss of that crew's Halifax MZ401 Z5-D on 2 November 1944); addition of three photos to Crew 29 Pilot Gerald Coleman page (with thanks to Peter Muxlow), and some amendments to that page. Peter's visit to the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany was to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of that crew's loss on 9 October 1944. Update some names and service numbers on the Squadron Crews page; update acknowledgements, and site map.

6 October 2014 – identification of George Hicks (George Frederick Hicks 1803292 RAF) in the Navigator's photo, 462 Squadron (with thanks to Arthur Newstead, Flight Engineer in the same crew); clarification of the description of the Special Duties personnel in Squadron Crews, relative to their temporary and substantive roles; update NAA and AWM photo information on pages for Pilot A.D.J.Ball, Navigator N.V.Evans, Rear Gunner M.J.Hibberd, Mid-Upper Gunner J.M.Tait; update NAA photo and addition of photos from the wartime photo album and of memorabilia belonging to Wireless Operator Ronald Reginald Taylor (with thanks to R.J.Montgomery); update NAA photo information on pages for C.L.Brimblecombe, A.H.DeLeacy, A.L.Harris, N.V.Hibberd, R.B.Philpott, M.A.Smith and C.H.Weeks; update links to crews listed on Honour Roll on Australian War Memorial page; update acknowledgements page.

6 September 2014 – the Fifth Anniversary of this website going live on 6 September 2009. My thanks go out to every person who has contributed in any way to the continued growth of this site. Additions to Neville Owen Reed page (photos, and information on Army service, RAAF service including Pilot training, letters regarding survival in 2 Halifax crashes, award of "Croix de Guerre avec Palme", and his life after WW2); addition of table listing all 35 Ops for Cookson, and some minor changes to that page; addition of 4 photos to the Halifax page (one of LL599 Z5-E over land; one of MZ431 Z5-J; and 2 photos of NA147 Z5-G).

6 August 2014 – addition of 2 photos to page for Crew 29 Pilot Gerald Coleman (headstone of grave for Coleman, and inscription on headstone for Muxlow, both photos supplied by Peter Muxlow); photo of Navigators March 1945 added to the 462 Squadron page (supplied by the Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia); minor changes & additions to Ops for Crew 36 Pilot Friend; addition of Ops info and later crew info for Crew 23 Pilot Cookson; minor changes & additions to Ops for Crew 52 Pilot Astill; information added to the Neville Owen Reed page; addition of more names to table on Squadron Crews page; updated acknowledgements.

6 July 2014 – Creation of page for Crew 36 Pilot Friend; creation of page for Crew 23 Pilot Cookson; creation of page for Crew 52 Pilot Astill; creation of page for Rear Gunner Neville Owen Reed, who was rear gunner in each of those three crews, and survived two Halifax losses, one in each of Cookson and Astill crews (photos on several pages supplied by Reed's daughters Robyn Perren and Janice Nesbit); addition of two photos of MZ296 Z5-L to Halifax page; better quality photo of "A Flight" Gunners, as well as a photo of Cookson & other officers (who had parachuted to safety from their damaged aircraft) added to 462 Squadron page (relocated June 2016 to new 462 Squadron Driffield page); modification of contact page; updated site map and acknowledgements page.

6 June 2014 – Addition of three images to the Halifax page – 1. Halifax MZ913 Z5-N from a painting by artist Charles McHugh of Global Aviation Art; 2. Halifax Z5-T from a model by Mark Pilbeam (Modellers of Ballarat Inc.); 3. Halifax Z5-O from a photo of a painting in the De Leacy collection; creation of page for Crew 44 Pilot Allan Morris Lodder, with crew photo supplied by his daughter Jenny Murray, via Greg Weir; creation of page for Crew 29 Pilot Gerald Coleman, with crew photo supplied by Kelvin Youngs (Aircrew Remembered) with assistance from Keith Townsend (Moseleians Assoc.) and permission of Catherine Sutton, relative of Flight Engineer Ronald Charles Stopp; addition of names in the following Squadron Crews for Pilots Paull (53), Scharer (54), Swann (55), Fleming (60), Grant (62), Robinson (63), Scott (64), Hines (65), Ferguson (66), Fuller (68), Cairns (69) – RAAF entries cross-checked with Aus. WW2 Nominal Roll, and NAA; addition of more Service Numbers where able to be verified; updated site map; updated acknowledgements page. Photos and information recently received from veterans and/or their families are yet to be added to this site. I apologise for the delay.

6 May 2014 – Creation of page for Crew 7 Pilot Alan George Cuttriss, with photos supplied by Sally-Ann Cuttriss; addition of names in the following Squadron Crews for Pilots Hancock (31), Hourigan (33), Langworthy (34), Friend (36), Simms (38), Boyd (40), Sharp (41), O'Sullivan (43), Bailey (46), Britt (47), Sherren (50) – RAAF entries cross-checked with Aus. WW2 Nominal Roll, and NAA; correction of spelling for John Newton Tresidder in Coleman crew (info received from Tresidder family); correction of name of Wireless Operator from W A Turner to W A Bowden in Jackson Crew (14); addition of more Service Numbers where able to be verified; updated site map; updated acknowledgements page.

6 April 2014 – Creation of page for Crew 35 Pilot Thomas Walter Triggs, with Crew and Pilot photo supplied by Ruth Triggs, and Nicholls photos supplied by Kevin Hyde; addition of names for Shannon, Uther, Sanderson and Breusch Crews in the list of Squadron Crews – (RAAF entries cross-checked with Aus. WW2 Nominal Roll, and NAA); amendment to Flight Engineer's listing in Cuttriss crew (info received from Cuttriss family); addition of more Service Numbers where able to be verified; updated site map; updated acknowledgements page.

6 March 2014 – This date is the 89th Anniversary of the birth of F/Sgt J.M.Tait (Mid-Upper Gunner) and F/Sgt M.J.Hibberd (Rear Gunner) who were both born on 6 March 1925. Links to their pages are via the Crew of Halifax NA240 Z5-V page. It is also the 5th anniversary of the date that the Domain name was registered and host server space purchased for this website (6 March 2009). Thank you to all who have contributed in any way to the continued growth of the site. Addition of more names to the list of Squadron Crews and changes to spelling of some already listed names (cross-checked with Aus. WW2 Nominal Roll, and NAA); correction of gunner's roles in Jubb crew (info received from Jubb family); addition of more Service Numbers where able to be verified.

6 February 2014 – Addition of more names to the list of Squadron Crews (crews listed alphabetically by name of Pilot/Captain); where able to be verified, each crew member's given name/s and Service Number have now been included. This list will be an ongoing project. Please advise if you find any errors. In the last month, contact was made by family members of several 462 Squadron veterans, and their contributions should be added to new pages in the future. Thank you all.

6 January 2014 – Addition of Bar Manager photo to Tom Walker page; update to page for Crew 48 Pilot Rohrlach, with additional service information for Mannell, and the addition of two Memorial photos (one supplied by Andy Baker, nephew of Rear Gunner Eric Gordon Baker, and the 2nd by the Himley Road Methodist Church); creation of page for Crew 67 Pilot Ross Gallop, with crew photo supplied by Peter Meade, son of the Rear Gunner Bryan Douglas Meade; creation of page for Crew 28 Pilot Frank Nelder, with crew photo supplied by Simon Tout, nephew of Wireless Operator Edward Phillip Austin; addition of names on Squadron Crews page (for Crew 32, Pilot Noel Edward Marchant) on update of links on Squadron Crews, and site map. Headstone photos were supplied by John Dann, UK.

6 December 2013 – Creation of new page for Squadron Crews (each Crew listed by the Pilot's name, and links to existing crew pages included); creation of crew page for Crew 48 Pilot Rohrlach (a page for each crew is planned, this will be an ongoing project). The crews were posted to 462 Squadron RAAF, No. 4 Group at Driffield in Yorkshire from August to December 1944, or to 462 Squadron RAAF, 100 Group, Foulsham in Norfolk from January to September 1945. If you can assist with photos of crews or individuals, please make contact.

6 November 2013 – Updates to John Heggarty page – addition of new photos kindly supplied by Michael Wilkinson (of John as a Leading Aircraftman in 1941, and of John's sister Annie and her husband Isaac Wilkinson); addition of Ops from April to July 1943 during John's posting as Rear Gunner to 76 Squadron; updates to family information, genealogy and 1911 census data.

6 October 2013 – Creation of page for F/Sgt (later W/O) Arthur Herbert De Leacy, WOP/AG in the Crew of Pilot P/O (later F/O) William John Frazer. Addition of newly acquired information in the section on the post-war life of John W. Harris. Update of site links.
Help wanted. From De Leacy's logbook details, this crew flew frequently in Halifax III PN426 Z5-O. A photo of a coloured painting of this aircraft on a day flight over land was found in the personal effects of Arthur De Leacy after his death. The original painting appears to be unsigned and undated, and was not commissioned by either former Pilot Frazer, or by De Leacy. His family are not aware of its origins. The photo is suitable for use on this website, either on De Leacy's page or the Halifax page. If you are the Artist, or know who was, please make contact so that Copyright details may be recorded, and permission requested for its use. Thank you.

6 September 2013 – This website went live on 6 September 2009 so has now reached the 4th Anniversary. My thanks go to all who have assisted with donations of photos or information; those who made me welcome during my visits to Germany (2005) and the UK (2012); and to anyone who has assisted me in any other way. Although originally created as a Tribute to the Crew of Halifax NA240 Z5-V, this site has gradually expanded to become a tribute to all who served in 462 Squadron RAAF Driffield and Foulsham, during WW2. If anyone has photos of other crews of 462 Squadron not already shown, please make contact so that additional pages can be created for those crews.
On page for F/O A.D.J. Ball, photo 9 (four Airmen at Castle), identification of F/Sgt Jim Townley verified by Jim's nephew Christopher; creation of memorial page for St Clement Danes, the Central Church of the Royal Air Force, London.

6 August 2013 – Creation of page for the Driffield Memorial in Yorkshire for 462 Squadron RAAF and 466 Squadron RAAF.

6 July 2013 – Creation of page for the Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park, London; reformat of Other Personnel page to differentiate between personnel of 462 Squadron, and personnel of the Army or other RAAF/RAF Squadrons who also had connections to the Crew of Halifax NA240, Z5-V; update of Acknowledgements page and site map.

6 June 2013 – Creation of page for Holt, PoW, Stalag IV-G, Oschatz. Creation of page for Private Charles (Charlie) Dunn 2978180, 2nd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders; PoW 12414, Stalag IV-G, Oschatz. Both were British Army Prisoners of War, and were in the same PoW group as F/Sgt M.J. Hibberd 435342 RAAF. Update of the Hibberd Pow page; addition of new names & links to Other Personnel page; and update of the site map.

6 May 2013 – Completion of page for F/O C.L.(Lou) Brimblecombe, with addition of photo, Service History, Memoirs and other information. Contact form updated.

6 April 2013 – Identification of W/O Wilfred Alan Quye 1802290 RAF in the Bomb Aimers photo on the 462 Squadron Foulsham page. Known as Alan, he was identified by his wife, who also confirmed his rank and RAF service number. Alan had been the Bomb Aimer mainly in the crew piloted by F/O Philip Stuart Sherren 419622 RAAF. In some published references, Alan Quye's surname has been incorrectly spelt as Ouye or Guye; also, in one reference book, his service number has incorrectly been recorded as that of another 462 Squadron Bomb Aimer (i.e. then F/Sgt Lionel Dittmann 429529 RAAF). Alan Quye died in December 1993.
Identification of Flight Engineer Sgt R.W.Johnston (Ron), 1596218 RAF in photo 9 on Philpott page (Pilot Ross Gallop). Ron Johnston was identified by Peter Meade, son of Bryan Meade (that Crew's Rear Gunner).
Creation of Foulsham Memorial page for 462 Squadron RAAF and other Squadrons and Units based at Foulsham, Norfolk during WW2; and upgrade of links on Memorials page;
Addition of 7 photos to the Sgt Tom Walker page (Flight Engineer in F/O Neil Sullivan's crew); and sadly, the news was received that Tom's dearly loved wife Rose died on 12 February 2013. She is sadly missed by her family, and all who knew her.
Creation of page for Flying Officer Charles Louis (Lou) Brimblecombe, 425592 RAAF, Navigator in crew piloted by F/O N.V.Hibberd (brother of F/Sgt M.J.Hibberd R/AG 5-V, 462 Squadron). Amendment to N.V.Hibberd's page now that Lou Brimblecombe's family have made contact, and addition of new name and link to Other Personnel page.
Addition of new pages and links on site map; additions of names, reference sources and websites to Acknowledgements page; minor corrections to spelling and format on various pages; re-wording of various photo alt-tags.

6 March 2013 – This date is the 88th Anniversary of the birth of F/Sgt J.M.Tait (Mid-Upper Gunner) and F/Sgt M.J.Hibberd (Rear Gunner) who were both born on 6 March 1925. Links to their pages are via the Crew of Halifax NA240 Z5-V page. It is also the 4th anniversary of the date that the Domain name was registered and host server space purchased for this website (6 March 2009). Thank you to all who have contributed in any way to the continued growth of the site.
Addition of 4 photos to the Australian War Memorial page (photos supplied by C.M.Hibberd); additions of names and reference sources to Acknowledgements page;
After a lot of research and with the assistance of many people, for the first time there are now photos of F/O John Heggarty on this website. As well there is information about John's pre-WW2 education at St Anselm's College, Birkenhead, and details of an Op to Hamburg on 27 July 1943, during his posting to 76 Squadron RAF, Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Yorkshire. In the genealogy section, the sequence of events in obtaining photos of John is included, and Probate records for John and his Aunt Louisa May Ledger have been added to the Genealogy/BDM section, confirming family relationships. Some amendments have been made to various other sections of John's page. More detail will be added for later updates.

6 February 2013 – No changes, no additions.

6 January 2013 – Corrections to names for the last photo on the 462 Squadron page, and addition of Service Numbers:- Group Captain C.V.D. Willis D.S.O., D.F.C. expanded to Group Captain Charles Victor Douglas Willis, D.S.O., D.F.C., 33354; and Air Vice Marshall C.B. Addison C.B., C.B.E. changed to Air Vice Marshall Edward Barker Addison, O.B.E., 15065 (information sourced from the London Gazette online); minor corrections to spelling and format on various pages.

6 December 2012 – Addition of group photo of Navigators to F/Sgt Neil Vernon Evans page, and also to the 462 Squadron page with identification of all Navigators (photo supplied by Richard Selwood on behalf of the Evans family), with the previous group photo of Navigators on that page to be removed at a later date; also on 462 Squadron page, replace incorrect name of Squadron Leader Alan D. Swan with Squadron Leader Alan Gibson Swann 401175; addition of location information for 6th photo on F/O Alfred Desmond John Ball page (as advised by Christina Ball); amendment of links and addition of 2 photos to the Australian War Memorial page (photo supplied by J.R.Hibberd).

6 November 2012acknowledgements page updated (names of people, and reference book details);
Addition of two photos to the page for F/Sgt John Mickle Tait (supplied by and used with the permission of the Tait Family);
Addition of two photos to the page for F/Sgt Neil Vernon Evans (supplied by and used with the permission of Kerry Puttick on behalf of the Evans Family), addition of Neil's Army Service record, and corrections to Evans Family genealogy (information supplied by Kerry Puttick, Richard Selwood and Bruce Whyatt);
Addition of eight photos to the page for F/O Alfred Desmond John Ball (supplied by and used with the permission of Dorothy Dawson, and R.J.Montgomery), including relevant log-book information, and corrections to the Ball Family genealogy (information supplied by Dorothy Dawson and Christina Ball);
Addition of one photo to the page for W/O Ronald Reginald Taylor (supplied by and used with the permission R.J.Montgomery);
Correction to Log Book details on the F/Sgt A.B.Oakes page, originally written as Highercall, previously published as High Riccall, now changed to High Ercall (site of 60 O.T.U.);
Information updated for photos on 27 OTU page;
Changes to the page for Memorials; linked to the Memorial to the Crew of NA240 Z5-V at Zaasch and to a new page for the RAAF Squadrons at the Australian War Memorial with some information about those honoured;
Site map updated with new pages and links.

6 October 2012 – Due to travel by this website's Author, there were no new pages added for 6 April 2012, through to 6 October 2012.
Emails received via the Contact page during that time were saved and stored, and will be replied to when time permits. Contact has now been re-established.
Pages will be updated, or created, with the addition of photos and information gathered or received during the last six months.
To all who assisted with their time, research expertise, vehicles (with chauffeur), computer use, meals or anything else during my travel – please accept my grateful thanks – I would not have achieved what I set out to achieve, without your assistance.
Please visit again on 6 November 2012 and thank you for your patience.

6 March 2012 – Addition of page for John William Harris (Jack), 1337631 RAFVR, Observer/Air Bomber for Crew piloted by W/O (later P/O) Peter F. Whatling, 1389305 (195582) RAFVR, in 462 Squadron, based initially at Driffield and later at Foulsham. Information is also included on other members of Whatling's Crew. Photos and log book details were kindly supplied by Jack's Widow, via friend and neighbour of the Harris's, Tony Foster, and are used with her permission. Photos taken at the York Air Museum were supplied by, and used with the permission of Tony Foster (Copyright 2008).
On the 462 Squadron page – addition of name of Alf Perkes to Bomb Aimers photo, and upgrade of name of W. T. (Wilf) Parker to Flight Engineer's photo (both were in Pilot Jack Roy Smith's crew, and that Crew's details are included on the Oakes page).
This date is the 87th Anniversary of the birth of F/Sgt J.M.Tait (Mid-Upper Gunner) and F/Sgt M.J.Hibberd (Rear Gunner) who were both born on 6 March 1925. Links to their pages are via the Crew of Halifax NA240 Z5-V page.

6 February 2012 – Addition of page for Albert Buckley Oakes (Al), 1880661 RAF, Rear Gunner for Crew piloted by W/O (later F/O) Jack Roy Smith, 427264 RAAF, in 462 Squadron, based initially at Driffield and later at Foulsham. Information is also included on other members of Smith's Crew. Photos, log book details and "Recollections of War" by Al Oakes were kindly supplied by Al's son Patrick, and used with Patrick's permission.
Advice was received that former Pilot with 462 Squadron F/O Bruce Anthony Simms, 424925 RAAF, had passed away at age 87, with his funeral held on Friday 20 January 2012. Simms (then F/Sgt) may be seen on the 462 Squadron page, in the photo of "Pilots of 462 Squadron, Foulsham, March 1945", back row, 2nd from right. Names have also been added to some of the group photos on that page.
Additions to the Ledger/Meyvaert genealogy on John Heggarty's page.

6 January 2012 – Addition of Commendation and Log Book photos, and Crew Ops information to Max A. Smith page. Correction of name (incorrect Kenyon to Kempton) on Bruce K. Drinkwater page. Addition of information to Halifax III LL599 Z5-E on Halifax III page. Addition of photo, and correction of Ledger genealogy on John Heggarty page. Correction of spelling errors on various pages.

6 December 2011 – Amendment to page for Fl/Lt Edward (Ted) McGindle, with addition of aircraft details for Op No 19 on 6 October 1944, and PoW details for his 2 Gunners. PoW information was kindly supplied by Oliver Clutton-Brock, author of "Footprints on the Sands of Time – RAF Bomber Command Prisoners of War in Germany 1939-45", published in 2003.
Addition of web page for Pilot Officer Max A. Smith, 424803 RAAF, Navigator for Crew piloted by F/Lt D.M. "Thrasher" Taylor. Information is also included on the other members of this crew.
Addition of photo of Halifax III LL599 Z5-E "Easy" to Halifax page.
Corrections to 'up' and 'down' times for OP No 4 on 24 March 1945 on Ball, Heggarty and Hibberd pages.

6 November 2011 – Photos added to page for former Flight Sergeant Charlie Weeks (1652 H.C.U., Marston Moor), later Flying Officer (199 Squadron, North Creake). They are used with the permission of his Widow, and were supplied via their Great-nephew. Charlie's page was also updated with additional information.
During the month of October, contact was made by the Grand-daughter of Pilot W/O Trevor Ross Gallop 427820 RAAF, advising that he had passed away on Mon 10 October 2011, with his funeral held on Saturday 15 October 2011. Contact was also made by the daughter of F/O Ronald (Ron) Hines 432466 RAAF during October. Ross Gallop may be seen in the crew photos on the Philpott page, and both Gallop and Hines are in the Pilots (April 1945) photo on the 462 Squadron page. Minor formatting changes made to 462 Squadron page, with the addition of some Service Numbers for Pilots.
In October, contact was also made by a male cousin of F/O John Heggarty, as well as by a second cousin of F/O Alfred Desmond John Ball. Their pages will be updated in the future, with additional information, and corrections to their Genealogy.

6 October 2011 – New page created which details the disposal of the wreckage of Halifax III NA240 Z5-V, which crashed on the northern outskirts of the village of Zaasch. Thanks are extended to Archivist Lars Freiberg who searched Delitzsch, Eilenburg and Leipzig Archives for Zaasch records, and located the Zaasch Bürgermeister's Meeting Agenda relating to the aircraft disposal. Thanks also to Thomas Frey for translation. Various pages have been updated with links to the new wreckage disposal page.
Sadly, during September, news was received of the death of former Flight Sergeant Charlie Weeks (1652 H.C.U., Marston Moor), later Flying Officer (199 Squadron, North Creake). Charlie died of illness soon after his 88th birthday.

6 September 2011 – This website was established on 6 September 2009, so has now been "live" for 2 years. Thank you to all who have contributed to the site by supplying information and/or photos, or by identification of personnel in photos; also thank you to the many visitors to the site who have conveyed their appreciation of this tribute. A new page "Crash Investigation Report for Halifax III NA240 Z5-V" has been created, with links from the Crash Details page. Amendments made to F/Sgt M.J.Hibberd Caterpillar Club page, with additional information about the 1969 newspaper clipping kindly supplied by F/Sgt R. Henderson, Training Officer of 107 Sqn, A.A.F.C., Innisfail. Update to acknowledgements page. Meeting on 17 August 2011 between F/Sgt M.J.Hibberd's daughter and F/Sgt Bob Wilson's son – it was interesting to compare the two Gunners' experiences during the war, and their lives after the war. (Please see the February 1944 photo of both Flight Sergeants at Luna Park on their pages.)
Sgt Fred Satherley's nephew (Dave Morris), please make contact again regarding photo – emails to you have been undeliverable.

6 August 2011 – Incorrect "Air Craftsman" corrected to "Air Craftman" in all pages throughout this website, after being advised of the error. Addition of page "Loss of Aircraft File for Halifax III NA240 Z5-V", with links from the Crash Details page. Correction of birth date, and addition of death date to page for Wing Commander P.M.Paull, DFC. Addition of Air Crew Arrival Form to F/Sgt M.J. Hibberd's Service page, in chronological sequence (16 February 1945). In the photo of Bomb Aimers 462 Squadron Foulsham March 1945, Sgt John Harris 1337631 RAF has been identified (by John's Widow, and as advised by their friend/neighbour). Updates to acknowledgements page.

6 July 2011 – New page created for F/Sgt M.J.Hibberd Caterpillar Club. Additions to people list, and corrections and additions made to website list on acknowledgements page.

6 June 2011 – Page for SDO F/O John Heggarty RAFVR now updated with corrections to his family's genealogy. His page also includes some additional personal information, as well as two family photos supplied by his cousins.
Page created for F/Sgt M.J.Hibberd PoW Experiences during April and May of 1945. Changes to the F/Sgt M.J.Hibberd Service History page with addition of information for the date 16/09/44, plus some minor amendments, changes to formatting, and addition of links.

6 May 2011 – No changes to website. Regarding SDO F/O John Heggarty RAFVR – prior to 6 March 2011, extra Heggarty family genealogical information had been discovered. During April 2011 contact was also made by the daughter of one of John's female cousins. Corrections and additions to John's page will be made for 6 June 2011. Also during April, contact was made by the son of Rear Gunner Sgt. A.B.Oakes, RAF who flew with Pilot F/O Jack Roy Smith's crew. A page is planned for their Crew.
It was gratifying to see the increase in visitors to this website during April 2011, with the highest number on the 25th April ANZAC Day.

6 April 2011 – No changes to website.

6 March 2011 – This date is the 86th Anniversary of the birth of F/Sgt J.M.Tait and F/Sgt M.J.Hibberd who were both born on 6 March 1925. The page for F/Sgt G.R.(Bob) Wilson has been updated with additional photos and information. Sadly this day is also the 44th Anniversary of Bob's death. More information about F/O John Heggarty's family has been located, so the genealogy section on John's page is to be corrected in the near future.

6 February 2011 – Page for Bomb Aimer Flying Officer Murray Frank updated with details of his Service History and Casualty File. BALL Correction of information (Commission Form) and date (previously dated 8 May 1946, corrected to 17 March 1948) on page for Flying Officer Alfred Desmond John Ball. Contact was made during January by a relative of Navigator Flight Sergeant Neil Vernon Evans – this person's maternal grandfather Evans was Neil's cousin.

6 January 2011 – Page for Navigator Flight Sergeant Neil Vernon Evans updated with details of his Service History and Casualty File. Spelling errors corrected on various pages. Minor changes made to format on Crew pages.

6 December 2010 – Page for Pilot Flying Officer Alfred Desmond John Ball updated with details of his Service History and Casualty File. Spelling and date errors corrected on various pages. Corrections to Genealogy information for Taylor. Contacted by family of Sergeant Bob Wilson just 11 hours after his page went live on 6 November, so more photos and his RAAF service information may be added in the future. During November, information and photos were received from the family of P/O Max Smith who was the Navigator in Fl/Lt Max 'Thrasher' Taylor's crew. Also in November, Rear Gunner F/Sgt Richard Handyside made contact to identify himself and Mid-Upper Gunner Frank Hutton in the 'B Flight' Gunners on the 462 Squadron page.

6 November 2010 – Addition of a page for Bomb Aimer Flight Sergeant Ronald Bruce Philpott 433023 RAAF (later F/O) in W/O Ross Gallop's Crew, 462 Squadron, Foulsham, with some information about other members of this crew, and details of their Ops. Photos supplied by the Philpott family are included. Addition of a page for Sergeant Bob Wilson who trained with Harris, Hetherington and Hibberd at No.1 Air Gunnery School at West Sale, Victoria. Spelling errors corrected on various pages. Information has been received that F/O A.M.Lodder 426118 RAAF passed away on 29 September 2010, with his funeral held on 4 October 2010. F/O Lodder was the Pilot of Halifax III MZ-467 Z5-C which failed to return from Augsburg 16 April 1945.

6 October 2010 – Page for Wireless Operator Warrant Officer Ronald Reginald Taylor updated with details of his Service History and Casualty File. Some amendments and additions made to page for MU/G F/Sgt J.M.Tait after reviewing his Service and Casualty Files. Amendments to Crew page. Photo caption error corrected on Brookes page.

6 September 2010 – Page for Mid-Upper Gunner Flight Sergeant John Mickle Tait updated with details of his Service History and Casualty File. This website was established on 6 September 2009 so is now 12 months old. I am pleased with the progress of the site and contacts established with former 462 Squadron Airmen and their friends and relatives. Thank you to all who have visited the site, and for your kind words. Special thanks are extended to those who have provided photographs, information, and identified Airmen in 462 Squadron photos. Recently contact was also made by the nephew of Wireless Operator R.R.Taylor, so his page will be the next updated.

6 August 2010 – Addition of page for Flying Officer Noel Victor Hibberd, 425653 RAAF, Lancaster Pilot with 218 Sqdn RAF, and brother of F/Sgt M.J.Hibberd. Identification of F/O Bruce A. Bell ('Dinger'), 417941 RAAF in the Wireless Operators photo on the 462 Squadron page. Sadly, during July, belated news was received of the death of Fl. Lt. Bruce K. Drinkwater M.B.E. in early May 2010, at the grand age of 92½ years. Ex-W/O Robert (Bob) Barry Hetherington 435570 RAAF, aged 85, is also now deceased, with his Funeral Service held on 21 July 2010.

6 July 2010 – Addition of the following photos to the 462 Squadron page – 'A Flight' Gunners, Bomb Aimers, Flight Engineers, Wireless Operators, Navigators. Previous photos on this page were of Pilots, & 'B Flight' Gunners.

6 June 2010 – Page for German-speaking Special Duties Operator Flying Officer John Heggarty updated with what is known of his service before and during his posting to 462 Squadron. Genealogical information on his family has been included. To obtain his RAFVR Service Files, I need to locate his nearest living next-of-kin for their permission. If you think you are related, or know someone who may be – please contact me. Also, the 462 Squadron page has been updated with the names of another four Airmen in the Air Gunners photo.

2 June 2010 – contacted by Arthur "Duke" Newstead, former RAF Sgt and Flight Engineer with 462 Squadron at Driffield and Foulsham who identified two of the Air Gunners in the photo on the 462 Squadron page. He & the 2 gunners were crewed with Pilot F/O H.R.(Andy) Anderson DFC.

26 May 2010 – Contacted by the great-nephew of Charlie Weeks, with the possibility of additional photos and information for his page. It was great to hear that Charlie is alive & well and living in South Australia.

13 May 2010 – Contacted by the New Zealand grandson of Jim Murray RNZAF who served with 462 Squadron in the middle east during 1942, and completed 44 ops in Halifaxes including 20 odd with 462 Sqn.

9 May 2010 – Contacted by the 2nd cousin of F/Sgt John Neal Donald RAAF who was attached to 1652 HCU at Marston Moor. F/Sgt Donald & his crew went missing off the coast of Scotland on 5th April 1945.

6 May 2010 – Page for Flight Engineer Sgt Frederick Brookes updated with additional photos & information supplied by his nephew Terry Cotterill. Additional photos from the Huish Family also added to this page.

23 April 2010 – Contacted by the Grandson of F/Sgt John Cairns "Jock" Lee, who was the Rear Gunner in F/O Neil Sullivan's Crew on the Tom Walker page.

6 April 2010 – Page created for Fl/Lt Edward (Ted) McGindle, Acting Flight Commander for "A" Flight, 462 Squadron RAAF at Foulsham, and Author of "Pimpernel Squadron" published in 1999 (now deceased). Addition of WW2 Nominal Roll information to the page for Deputy Flight Commander of "B" Flight, Fl/Lt B.K.Drinkwater.

29 March 2010 – Contacted by a daughter of Wing Commander P.M.Paull, with the possibility of additional photos and family information for his web page on this site.

15 March 2010 – Contacted by nephew of Flight Engineer Sgt Frederick Brookes. I was previously unaware that Fred had an older sister so this contact was welcome. Extra photos have now been received as well as information about Fred, which will be added to Fred's web page on this site.

8 March 2010 – Contact established with nephew of Mid-Upper Gunner F/Sgt Johnny Tait, with the possibility of additional photos and family information for Johnny's web page on this site.

6 March 2010 – Page created for F/Sgt M.J.Hibberd's Service History. This day is the 85th anniversary of the birth of M.J.Hibberd and also F/Sgt J.M.Tait. Both were born on 6 March 1925. Page created for W/O R.B.Hetherington, with photos of him & MJH.

8 February 2010 – Contacted by a Foulsham resident (and business owner) who may be able to assist with information about the Air Base at Foulsham formerly used by 462 Squadron.

6 February 2010 – Page created for Sergeant Thomas Walker (Tom), Flight Engineer, 462 Squadron.

17 January 2010 – Contacted by son-in-law of Ronald Bruce Philpott, 433023, Bombardier, who was posted to 462 Sqn. RAAF in the UK in WW2 from 16-3-1945.

6 January 2010 – Page created for Flight Sergeant C.H.Weeks (Charlie, later Flying Officer).

6 December 2009 – Page for Wing Commander P.M.Paull created. Additional photos added to Fl. Lt. B.K.Drinkwater page along with details of his service history, and the story of his "near miss".

30 November 2009 – Contacted by 3rd cousin of F/Sgt Ken Spriggs RAF, former Mid Upper Gunner. Ken identified himself and F/Sgt Bernie Compton (RAF) in the Gunners photo on the 462 Squadron page. Both Gunners were crewed with F/O J.N.(Jock) Boyd's crew in B Flight. F/O Boyd can be seen in the front row in the March 1945 Pilots photo on the 462 Squadron page.

6 November 2009 – Page for Harris created. Contact page further amended. My apologies for lost messages in Sept & Oct 2009 – please send again.

6 October 2009 – Errors corrected, acknowledgements updated, contact page amended.

22 September 2009 – Information received from the UK on Flip Harris (also pictured in the Luna Park photo with Hibberd & Hetherington).

15 September 2009 – Visit with former Warrant Officer R.B.Hetherington (RAAF 435570) who trained with Rear Gunner M.J.Hibberd. Bob is included in the photo taken at Luna Park while both were newly promoted Sergeants stationed at No. 2 Embarkation Depot, Bradfield Park, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, February 1944 prior to embarkation by ship to the UK (on the Crew/Hibberd page). Bob provided additional photos of him and M.J.Hibberd, as well information regarding the other airmen in the photo, diary entries and other mementos of their training. A web site page will be created for Bob.

10 September 2009 – Advice received from Australian War Memorial that my request (July 2009) for corrections to captions of some photographs in their collection had been considered, and that alterations had subsequently been made to their web site. Those captions had previously described certain Halifaxes as being from 462 Squadron, but were actually from 192 Squadron, also based at Foulsham.

10 September 2009 – Information received (with photo) on Wing Commander Peter McCallum Paull DFC, (RAAF 270815) Commanding Officer 462 Squadron. A page will be created for him.

9, 10, 11 September 2009 – 3 sets of photos received from former Flight Engineer, Sergeant Thomas Walker (RAF 1590544) UK. A web site page will be created for Tom who served in 462 Squadron at Foulsham at the same time as the Crew of NA-240.

6 September 2009 – Web site goes live (also Father's Day in Australia).

6 March 2009 – Domain name registration and host server space purchased, also 84th Anniversary of birth date of F/Sgt M.J.Hibberd and F/Sgt J.M.Tait, both born on 6 March 1925.

22 April 2008 – Notification received from Commonwealth War Graves Commission that erroneous data base entries for Sgt Frederick Brookes & Flying Officer John Heggarty have been corrected.

30 March 2008 – Contact established with relatives of Sgt Frederick Brookes in Wales.

27 June 2007 – Contact Commonwealth War Graves Commission with information to request correction of original erroneous data base entries, which listed Sgt Frederick Brookes & Flying Officer John Heggarty as 424 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron, instead of 462 Squadron.

18 May 2005 – Return to Australia via Halle, and Frankfurt am Main.

17 May 2005 – Tour of Delitzsch including Schloss, air raid bunker, cemetery, Rathaus and cells.

16 May 2005 – Delitzsch Archives, and meet family of Archivist at their homes.

15 May 2005 – Travel to Dessau, visit Junkers aircraft museum.

14 May 2005 – Travel to Torgau, visit site of US & Russian meeting at the Elbe River, tour of town & Schloss.

13 May 2005 – Travel to Leipzig to visit Archives; visit Engelsdorf/Mockau Rail-yard and Wahren Rail-yard which were targets for 10 May 1945; visit Rackwitz metal recycling factory.

12 May 2005 – Visit Buchenwald Concentration Camp and Memorials.

11 May 2005 – Memorial Plaque presented to the Lord Mayor of Delitzsch, Oberbürgermeister Heinz Bieniek, & receive gifts; light aircraft flight over Zaasch and district.

10 May 2005 – Visit Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Checkpoint Charlie, remains of the Berlin Wall, Holocaust Memorial (Opening Day), Brandenburg Gate.

9 May 2005 – Visit Zaasch crash site, original communal graves, visit Spröda – site of Luftwaffe air base.

8 May 2005 – Attendance & short speech at the Exhibition for the Commemoration of Liberation of Oschatz and Stalag IV-G, Germany; visit POW camps Oschatz IV-G and Mühlberg IV-B, and their memorials.

7 May 2005 – Travel to Eilenburg to be interviewed by Reporter Mira Schneider.

6 May 2005 – Tour of Colditz Castle, site of Oflag IV-C.

5 May 2005 – Visit Dresden.

4 May 2005 – Arrival Delitzsch, Germany.

2 February 2005 – Contact established with the Chairwoman of "Heimatverein Oschatz", an Association in Oschatz, Germany. Their group was researching Oschatz Stalag IV-G in preparation for an Exhibition for the Commemoration of Liberation of Oschatz on 8 May 2005 (the 60th Anniversary of the end of WW2).

8 November 2004 – Contact established with Delitzsch Archivist.

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