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Re: RAF War Graves-now with aircrews names - Chièvres, Belgium
« Reply #27 on: Tuesday 13 October 09 16:27 BST (UK) »
Hi I am interested in the crew of 75 Sqn stirling JN-F PO Kell and Sgt Gilfillian.  Could I please have copies of graves to forward onto my new zealand colleague.
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Re: RAF War Graves-now with aircrews names - Chièvres, Belgium
« Reply #28 on: Thursday 06 May 10 10:26 BST (UK) »
Sarah, All,

I decided to join the actual Belgian campaign 'Live and Remember'.  Any citizen can honor the memory of an WWII Allied soldier who lost his life in Belgium.

I am living in blaton (Hainaut, Belgium), not too far from Chièvres Airbase and Communal Cemetary where some RAF crew members are buried.  As a true RAF and airplanes enthusiast I decided to honor the memory of Sgt Eric Howes who died on 11th August 1943.

Eric Howes was Sergeant Wireless Operator and Air Gnr on Halifax II serial no JD167 from 77 Sqdn.  All Halifax bomber crew members are buried in the Chièvres Communal Cemetary.  It seems the bomber has been shot down by a German night fighter. 

In the night of 10th to 11th August 1943, RAF sent thousands of bomber to Nuremberg. 

I'm still starting my enquiry on Eric Howes.  Could you please help me finding more information about him, about the JD167 Halifax bomber, where did the plane crash exactly, about the bombing mission to Nuremberg, ... ?

Sarah, could you please forward me some pictures of the following graves in chièvres :

Eric Howes,
Peter Hobbs,
Bryan Arthur,
Etherington Harry,
Faliejevas "Cockaine G"
Pegg Eric
Rushton Rodney

Thank you very much in advance, Merci beaucoup

Philippe
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Re: RAF War Graves-now with aircrews names - Chièvres, Belgium
« Reply #29 on: Thursday 06 May 10 13:05 BST (UK) »
Phillipe
Please contact the guys on www.rafcommands.com/forum they seem to have the information you are looking for at their finger tips.....
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Re: RAF War Graves-now with aircrews names - Chièvres, Belgium
« Reply #30 on: Thursday 06 May 10 13:30 BST (UK) »
Hi Dee,

Thank you very much

Best regards,

Phil
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Re: RAF War Graves-now with aircrews names - Chièvres, Belgium
« Reply #31 on: Friday 07 May 10 12:53 BST (UK) »
Hi Phillipe,
If you could let me know your personal e-mail address then I can forward the photo's on to you.  I have got a new computer so all photos are on memory sticks at the moment.  Thank you for your interest on this topic.
I also live in Hainaut.....Montignies lez Lens to be exact.
Passez une belle journee.
Sarah
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Re: RAF War Graves-now with aircrews names - Chièvres, Belgium
« Reply #32 on: Friday 07 May 10 13:45 BST (UK) »
Hi, Bonjour Sarah,

Thank you very much for your answer.  Could you please forward the picture the following address philippe.delauno[at]base.be ?  Also if you have any other information about Eric Howes and/or the Halifax crew, feel free to forward it.

Did you hear about the 'Live and Remember' campaing launched here in Belgium, there was some radio interviews on the radio (well yes, between 2 Belgian political tragedy spots).  Perhaps could you make some search on other RAF crew members buried in Chièvres ...  ;)

Did you hear about the Lancaster who crashed near Gallaix (Leuze en Hainaut) ?  Look here http://www.notele.be/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9552&Itemid=31

Je vous souhaite un excellent week-end.

Philippe

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Re: RAF War Graves-now with aircrews names - Chièvres, Belgium
« Reply #33 on: Saturday 08 May 10 17:07 BST (UK) »
Hi Philippe,
Just to let you know that I have sent the photographs you requested.
I hope they are ok for you.
Kind Regards
Sarah ;D
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Re: RAF War Graves-now with aircrews names - Chièvres, Belgium
« Reply #34 on: Monday 10 May 10 14:35 BST (UK) »
Sarah,

Thanks but I didn't get it.

Voici mes adresses email : (*)
Si vous avez les autres tombes de l'équipage du Halifax : Peter Hobbs, Bryan Arthur, Cockaine G, Etherington Harry, Peggs Eric, Rushton Rodney ?

Encore merci

All the Best,

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Re: RAF War Graves-now with aircrews names - Chièvres, Belgium
« Reply #35 on: Friday 08 April 11 11:59 BST (UK) »
Hi Sarah,
Wondering if you are still on here and living near Chievres still??

I have started a project concerning my great uncle who died on the 14th July 1943, and as part of that I am logging all the crew that went down that same night on the same mission.

One of the crews is listed in your original post:

466 Sqn Well' LN288 HD- 14/07/43 Target Aachen
Shot down by Flak and crashed 0215 near Chievres (Hainaut),
Flt Sgt W A Gunning  Royal Australian Air Force
Flt Sgt H C Jordan  Navigator  Royal Canadian Air Force
Flt Sgt R Feakes  Royal Australian Air Force
Sgt D W Covell  Wireless Operator/Air Gunner RAF
Sgt T F Cummins  Air Gunner RAF

If you have photo's of these graves I would be very pleased to add them to my growing site.
This is LN288's page so far.. http://www.chrisandodette.co.uk/AachenRaid/466ln288.html

I have only been doing the site for three weeks so lots of work still to be done.

All the best

Chris (my email address is on the web site)