Previous Guestbook Entries from May 2003 to December 2004

Carol Dewhurst
Macclesfield, Cheshire

Don't know if this is of any interest - I have a group photo of :
No 4 Squadron, D Flight - No 8 I.T.W.
Taken in November 1941 outside a building named :Trenance.
My Father, George Flanningan, is in the picture and he ended up in America at one o fthe Florida bases.
Please let me know if it might be of any interest - Carol.

Susan Riseborough
Suffolk, England

What a great find! My father was at Wickenby - Sgt. Joe Pickering. He was Flight Engineer flying in Lancaster with pilot Lail Dawley's crew of Mike Allen (Bomb Aimer), Jock Stevens (Mid upper gunner), Joe Williams (wireless operater), Ted Percival (Rear gunner) and 'Red' S. Redshaw (Navigater). They are mentioned in Jack Currie's Book - Battle Under the Moon and seem to have been quite a 'high spirited' lot!!! I would love to hear from anyone who knew my father or his crew. He flew his ops between February - June 1944 and I have all his records and a personal diary of his Ops. He moved from Leicester to Suffolk in 1966. Sadly he died in 1990 with Cancer.

Brett Langevad
London UK

Well researched site full of useful information. I am researching F/Lt W.A. MEYER D.F.C. KIA on 15/03/1944 on a raid to Stuttgart while flying for 97 PFF Squadron. He was shot down by a night fighter and crashed at Zillhausen. Visited the village recently and the crash was the subject of two very recent local newspaper articles - one as a result of our visit. Came across your web site in a search for Polaris Flight Academy - we have his qualification plaque. Sadly he was on the preceding course (5) so found no photo on your site. He was course commander after the first course commander was eliminated. I noted in your photo a Bill REID VC. Coincidently I inherited a signed pencil drawing of him after his VC award.

Sue Lythgoe
Blackburn, Lancashire

This is a great site and very informative. I am researching my uncle, Douglas Emmott, 12 sqdn, killed 27/08/1944.
If anyone has any information, I'd be very grateful. Thanks and good luck.

Margaret Bell

Came upon your site by chance. In process of writing story of my uncle Sgt Peter Thomas Murphy KIA 29th April 1943 12 Sq based Wickenby. Have visted Wicknby 2 years ago - not a great deal of info available for that period. I do know other members of crew of final mission etc but disappointed in not seeing names listed in Personnel List for 12th Squadron.Very interesting site.

Lorraine Walter
Canberra, Australia

Thank you so much for sharing all this information about 12 Squadron. My uncle, Daniel McNicol Thomson (my father's brother) was KIA. Your records show that he lived in Bentleigh NSW but it was actually Bentleigh, Victoria. I had no real information about him until now, except that his plane was shot down in June 1943. I would be interested to hear from anyone who has any other information about him.

**NB** I have not been able to get in touch with Lorraine (email address not valid) - Please get in touch again...

Tracey Jones

what a great site, if anybody knows anything about mervin barnaby noble please could you e-mail me. he was apart of 12 sqdn and was a flight sergeant (air bomber). he was a volunteer from southern rhodesia.

thank you


Eddie Doig
West Kirby, Wirral, England

A friend of my wife lost an uncle on 11/12 June 1943 when ED522 was brought down over Dusseldorf. It was one of five Lancs lost by 12 sqdn that night and we have been trying to piece together what happened that night. Thanks to the hard work and effort you have put into your excellent web site many of our questions have been answered
as the period we are looking at falls within the time scale of your site. The crew of ED522 were posted to Wickenby on 5th June and were lost on their first mission a week later. We still have a lot to find out but again many thanks for making available the information you have.

Elizabeth Forbes

I would know nothing of my Grandfather had I not found this site.
Thank you.

Jean Wilson
Western Australia

Your site is growing and the conception of it is a great credit to you . Thank you for your memories and research, and for accepting mine too. Jean.

Jim Tattersall
Maidenhead, UK

My late father joined 12 Squadron a couple of weeks after Tom's grandfather. Tom and I share a mutual interest in everything these brave airmen endured in 1943. My father was fortunate and survived his tour unlike Tom's grandfather who gave his life in the cause of freedom.

Tim McLaughlin
Frimley, Surrey

I was researching Flt Lt BE McLaughlin DFC 12 Sqn pilot and came across this site last year. The wealth of knowledge and interest in 12 Sqn Tom has is great. A must see site for anyone interested in Bomber Command in World War II.

Tony Vickers
Lincoln UK

I was born at Wickenby in 1945 - spent much of my childhood on the airfield when RAF left - I remember Wickenby bombs being loaded onto trains at Snelland railway station in 1957 - before being taken out to sea and dumped!!I found your 12Sqn items most interesting - found it from Heather Birch website on 97Sqn - Best wishes.