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World War Two / Looking for relatives of
« on: Tuesday 30 April 19 10:16 BST (UK)  »
Dear all,

I am looking for relatives of John Kenneth Mansley from Atherton Lancashire.

I have been searching for almost a year now, without any result. I mostly posted requests in local facebook groups but nobody seems to know the family.

I am looking for relatives for the Lancaster ED706 Memorial Almere  in the Netherlands where for the first time a memorial service was held at the monument of the crash on May 1st 1943.

All crew members on board were killed and we want their story to be told!

I have been able to locate the other 6 relatives of the crew, but not the relatives of Sgt. Mansley.

Is there anyone here who can help me find out?

Here's a link to our website:

Thank you in advance!

Kind regards,

David van Coolwijk


I am looking for living relatives of Raymond Shepherd, Service Number 929961, Son of Ada Shepherd, of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

we have found some possible relatives and found out that Ada was widowed. No living family members yet.

Some information can be found here:,-raymond/

Information on memorial we are building can be found here:

I am looking for background stories and photographs of Raymond.

Any information or help is more than welcome!

Kind regards,

David van Coolwijk

I am looking for living relatives of Ian Douglas Crawford, Service Number 634710, Son of John and Jean Crawford, of Glasgow.

I am looking for them for information and photos for the monument we are planning to build in honour of the crew of the crashed bomber. Information about Crawford can be found here:,-ian-douglas/

The website we made can be found here:

Any help or information is more than welcome!

Kind regards,

David van Coolwijk

This forum has been of great help until now, but I am still looking for more families. I am still looking for 3 more.

In my previous topic we have been looking for sergeant W.R. Louth, and we did! Thanks for that!

I am still looking for:
LEON HANNAM, Son of Leon and Margaret Cecil Emma Hannam, of Islington, London. Service Number 1383305 and date of death is 01/05/1943.

We have been able to find two nephews, but they do not respond to my messages for some reason.

I hope that we'll be able to find relatives!

For those who don't know what this is about, here is a link to the website of the monument we are building!



Currently I am researching the crash of Halifax bomber JB803 KN-G, which crashed in my hometown Muiden, the Netherlands.

We are erecting a monument in honour of the crew of this Halifax.

I am looking for information about William Robert Louth of Hayes Middlesex and relatives, also we are looking for a photo of him. He is the only crewmember still missing. The other 6 died when the Halifax crashed and were buried in Muiden.

Why am I looking for information and relatives? There is a good chance we have traced where Louth is buried.

The day after the crash a wounded RAF airman was found near Muiden. He was unconscious and died on may 13th without ever waking up. He had no means of identification on his body. He was buried in a grave as an unknown airman of the RAF. I have tried several museums and archives, but without luck. They adviced me to use social media.

Is there anyone who can help me out? Are there any relatives still alive? An unconfirmed source said he had been married. But I have not been able to find anything on that. He was born 31 st October 1920. I am also not sure if he was born in Hayes, Middlesex

I have tried the Yorkshire Airmuseum, and several others, but without result.

Thank you in advance!

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