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US Lookup Requests / Irving Louis Sanitsky
« on: Thursday 15 February 18 00:55 GMT (UK)  »
Can someone see it they find any information on Irving Sanitsky please.

Irving was a crew member of WW2 RAF Halifax bomber which crashed in North Essex U.K. in 1943.
The aircraft came down killing all of the crew on 25th Febraury 1943 at a place called Ardleigh in Essex. This is just outside the U.K.'s oldest recorded town of Colchester.

Irving was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force serving in the RAF.

He was the son of Simon and Ida Sanitsky of Fall River, Massachusetts. He was aged 22.

His burial place is The Jewish section of the Norwich cemetery in Norfolk U.K. at grave No. 235

His DOB is 8th May 1920.

On a 6.10.1940 RCAF document it shows his NOK as an uncle called:
Simon Swartz living on Washburn Avenue, Portland, Maine;

His father:
Simon Sanitsky, living on Third Street, Chelsea, Massachusetts;

and his mother Ida Rose living on Walnut Street, Chelsea Massachusetts.

Many thanks if anyone can find out more.




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Glamorganshire Lookup Requests / Edward Leslie Widgery
« on: Thursday 15 February 18 00:44 GMT (UK)  »
Could someone have a look to see if they can find information on Edward Widgery please.
He was a crew member of a WW2 RAF Halifax bomber which crashed in North Essex in 1943.
The aircraft travelled from Pocklington and came down on 25th February 1943 in Ardleigh, Essex.
He is buried at Oystermouth cemetery Swansea, section N  grave 193, and was aged 35 years old.

He was the son of Albert William and Elizabeth Widgery of Ammanford, Carmarthenshire. And was husband of Iris Mary Widgery of Sketty, Swansea.

Many thanks.


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Surrey Lookup Requests / John Dudley
« on: Thursday 15 February 18 00:35 GMT (UK)  »
Could someone see if they find information on the above person please. I don't have a middle name for him.

John Dudley was a crew member of a crashed WW2 RAF bomber which came down in North Essex in 1943.

I believe he is buried in Titsey St. James churchyard in the S.E.corner.

The aircraft travelled from Pocklington and came down near Ardleigh Essex on 25th February 1943.

John was the son of George William and Grace Dudley of Titsey. He was age 20.

Many thanks.




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Ayrshire / Cyril James Drane Smith
« on: Thursday 15 February 18 00:28 GMT (UK)  »
Could anyone have a look to see if they can find information on the above please.

Cyril J.D. Smith was a member of the crew on a WW2 RAF Halifax bomber which crashed in North Essex in 1943. I believe he is buried at Patna old cemetery at grave 149. He was aged 23.
The aircraft travelled from Pocklington and came down on 25th February 1943 near Ardleigh in Essex.

Cyril was the son of Denis Drane Smith and Gladys Matilda Smith. And husband of Mary Blane Smith of Carnshalloch, Patna.

Many thanks.


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London & Middlesex Lookup Requests / Leonard Victor William Herbert
« on: Thursday 15 February 18 00:18 GMT (UK)  »
Could someone see if they can find any information on Leonard Herbert please.

This person was a member of WW2 RAF Halifax bomber which crashed in North Essex in 1943.
The aircraft flew from Pocklington and came down on the 25th February 1943 near Ardleigh, Essex.
I believe he is buried at Eltham cemetery in Woolwich at grave 299. He was aged 22.

He was the son of William Walter A Herbert and Louisa Lydia Herbert of welling Kent. And husband of Evelyn Herbert.

Many thanks.

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Warwickshire Lookup Requests / Thomas Bertram Barfoot
« on: Thursday 15 February 18 00:03 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone assist in looking up family of the above please. Thomas Barfoot was a crew member on a WW2 RAF Halifax bomber which crashed in North Essex in 1943.

I believe he is buried at St Leonard's church Birdingbury, Warwickshire. Located 'south of the church.' He was aged 19 years old.

He was the son of Charles and Constance Barfoot of Bidingbury.

Many thanks.


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Suffolk Lookup Requests / Charles Henry Bray
« on: Wednesday 14 February 18 23:55 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone assist in looking up relatives for the above please. Charles Bray was a Pilot of a WW2 RAF Halifax bomber which crashed in North Essex in 1943. The aircraft came down in a place called Badliss Farm Ardleigh on 25th February 1943.

I believe he is buried at St. Catherines churchyard in Ringshall Suffolk. (Row B) which I am seeking to verify. His age is unknown to me at the moment.

The aircraft was based at Pocklington.

Many thanks.

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Kent Lookup Requests / Tonbridge - HEWITT family (ex. London - Bethnal Green)
« on: Tuesday 05 April 16 10:03 BST (UK)  »
Can anyone help find any further information on this family please? I have added a newspaper article link which explains the quest by a lady in the Capel area. There is quite a bit of information added in one of the replies to the March 2016 newspaper article.

Mary Kathleen Ivy Hewitt was killed in the worst civilian accident during World War Two. This occurred on 3rd March 1943 when people were seeking shelter from what they thought was a German bombing raid. At Bethnal Green underground station people fell on top of each other when someone tripped, resulting in 173 fatalities. Mary Hewitt was one of those who lost her life that night. She was buried in St. Thomas Becket Churchyard in Capel Tonbridge Wells.

Her mother Margaret and sister Eileen are also buried in the Capel churchyard. Eileen's husband died in Tonbridge also, but his resting place is unknown.

It is thought that the family could have come to the Kent area to carry out hop picking which is why they came to stay there.

Newspaper article + see comments at end:

http://www.courier.co.uk/Mystery-disaster-victim-rests-village/story-28897732-detail/story.html#comments

The other link below shows the 'Stairway To Heaven Memorial Trust's' website which tells the story of the accident at the tube station in 1943, and also of the campaign to build a memorial to the victims of that night. The memorial is partially built but still has yet to be completed.

My interest in the incident is that I had a family member attend the accident afterwards. My grandfather was a Home Guard member sent in to clear the bodies.

I have recently sponsored Mary Hewitt's part on the memorial which will be installed in the final phase of the build in the form of a conical. Mary Hewitt lived in a road close to where my mother lived during the war.


http://www.stairwaytoheavenmemorial.org/

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I've received a request for help regarding information about a Canadian airman killed in WW2 over France.

Evan John Jones was a Sergeant serving in RAFVR* 264 Squadron and lost his life 29.5.1940 aged 31 at Dunkirk. His role was as a Wireless Operator / Air Gunner.

* Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

He is buried at Dunkirk Town cemetery: Plot 2, Row 17, Grave 15.

The airman was the son of John and Ann Jones, and husband of Janet Barr Jones of Toronto, Canada.

Ultimately my researcher friend would like to obtain this airman's service records. To obtain full records in the U.K. I believe this has to be done by family.

The reason for the research is to complete a Remembrance project by a Royal Canadian Air Force historian.

Any helped would be appreciated. Thanks.

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