From: John Forrester Email: <email@example.com>
Posted on: Monday, May 06, 2002, 02:16 PM
Hallo Steve, I missed you at Bubwith on April 21st. I would have liked to meet you. after it was all over and John Erricker went home he phoned me to say that he had no photographs of the Berlin casualties. This has been a great disappointment to me as I photo/recorded all the headstones of 78 Squadron (and many more) in October and sent them to him. I have now asked the Post Office to make efforts to find the several missing packets. I really have no great hopes that they'll be successful. At least I have all the negatives. Your website is interesting. Best regards, JF.
From: Ian & Jill Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Posted on: Wednesday, May 29, 2002, 11:56 PM
Well done! We know just how hard it is to research losses as thoroughly as you have done and it is a fine tribute to all those who lost their lives in the Halifax. Best wishes Ian & Jill 57 RESCUE
From: Hans Nauta Email: <email@example.com>
Posted on: Friday, May 31, 2002, 10:13 PM
Dear Stephen, Nice to see more and more websites dedicated to those who did their duty over 60 years ago now. I'm researching all airwar events with regard to the province North-Holand, The Netherlands. In this view I'm able to add a little detail for your website: In the night of 23/24th August 1943 Halifax JD417 had to return at the position of 52.45N, 04.53E. (Not 52.15N) They bombed a lit up DF of an aerodrome at 22.40 hrs from 13,000 ft. According to the Bomber Command Night Raid Sheets it was thought that they had bombed the aerodrome of Bergen/Alkmaar. The bombs, however, came down on the dummy airfield of Middenmeer (20 miles N of Amsterdam). A local report states that soma damage was caused to farms and that several incendiairies didn't explode. As I've more details with regard to attacks o
From: Eric Matthews,QPM. Email: <Etmchome@aol.com>
Posted on: Thursday, June 27, 2002, 10:24 AM
To Stephen, Thank you for a wonderful presentation !
From: Eric Matthews Email: <Etmchome@aol.com>
Posted on: Thursday, August 08, 2002, 08:48 PM
Thank you Stephen you made and have created a lasting memory to Ernie he would have very proud to have seen it.
From: Heather Birch Email: <Heather.firstname.lastname@example.org>
Posted on: Friday, August 30, 2002, 09:05 AM
Great site, just looking for inspiration on my website that I have set up dedicated to those on the 97 squadron. Well done!!!!!!
From: Mike Fairclough Email:
Posted on: Sunday, January 05, 2003, 02:22 AM
Your site is brilliant! The information is very clear and the amount and type of information is fantastic. I have created a site myself for my grandfather, the address is http://mysite.freeserve.com/78_squadron. I have a few pictures from him and a list of missions he went on. May I ask how you came across the information you have displayed. Especially contacting the people listed for helping you. I would be extremely grateful for any help in finding my grandfather's friends from the old days. Many thanks Miek Fairclough
From: heather birch Email: <email@example.com>
Posted on: Tuesday, January 07, 2003, 03:03 PM
i have had another look through your site. It is always interesting to meet others with the same interests in keeping world war two memories alive. Thank you for adding a link to my site.
From: Mrs Jinnie Nichols Email:
Posted on: Friday, February 21, 2003, 09:28 AM
I am trying to find out information about my Grandad Flt- Lt. Laurence McCarthy (Known as Mac)He flew with No 78 Squadron. I have a model Halifax with the code sign EY- U on the side which he built. i know that he was awarded the DFC, but no one in the family knows why he recieved it. My Grandmother was also at Breighton, working in the control tower, which is where they met. Her name at the time LACW M.A. Godfrey 2136443. My Grandmother recently died and some books and papers have been passed to me. I really would like to fill in the gaps and find out as much as possible about them. I would appreciate any help you could give.
I've been doing a bit of research on behalf of my partner's mum Mary
Stanford nee Tinning who was in the WAAF in WW2. She was 'stepping out' with
James Sterling Moore in 1943 and had visited the base at Breighton and
certainly knew S/L Bunny Clark and some of the other crew members. She had
been to Northern Ireland to visit James' family & kept in touch with his
mother for a while after his death, so I guess they must have been quite
After the war Mary (originally from Scotland) moved to London and after some
time met Sid Stanford and were married in 1952. I think it was about this
time that contact with the Moore family finished. They were happily married
for 50+ years until Sid's death in 1998. She occasionally mentioned James
when talking about her experiences in the WAAF but I think she probably
thought about him quite a bit.
I (as you can probably tell from my e-mail address) work for a German bank &
our head office is in Berlin. In April I had to go there on business and
Mary (now widowed) asked me if I could find James' grave. Well I've been on
a bit of a mission since then. All she knew was that he was shot down over
Klosterfeld but couldn't remember the exact date.
I contacted the War Graves people who immediately responded with all the
information (and more) that I had asked for. So we (John, her son, joined me
in Berlin) went to the grave and found it, along with his colleagues'. We
left some flowers on behalf of Mary and signed the visitors' book. I was
amazed that just above our entry someone had written in German words to the
effect, "Thank you - you did not die in vain." Amazing to think that some
Berlin citizens still feel that way after all this time!
Well now it's getting on for the 60th anniversary and James has been on my
mind. We were thinking of taking Mary to Berlin for the bank holiday
weekend, so that she would be there to lay a wreath on the 24th. However,
she is now 85 and I think she might find it a bit much, especially in the
heat they have in central Europe at the moment.
So I've been looking on the internet for information on Breighton etc. It is
now a museum that occasionally holds air displays, isn't it? I see there is
also a memorial in the local church, as well as one at Yorkminster. Perhaps
we'll take her there for the weekend instead. Would you know if there are
any memorial services taking place?
Searching for information on James, I came across your website. How amazing
it is. I've printed off a few items to show Mary (I hope you don't mind),
including the report on that final mission by V.A. Robbins. I've also copied
a few photos - I'm sure she will be amazed. It's just a pity there isn't one
of James, although he may be in one of the group photos. If you have any
information about him I'd be very grateful for it. How did you find out so
much & do you know if V.A. Robbins is still alive?
By the way, I can't find any mention on your website of the relationship
between you and E.F.C. Matthews, is he your father or grand-father?
Regards, Deborah Wallis.
From: Bill Thorpe Email: <SLYBIRD353@hotmail.com>
Posted on: Wednesday, August 27, 2003, 08:56 PM
Sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you Steve,but that's partly your fault !..........If you hadn't have put so much info on the site,then it wouldn't have taken me this long to read it all ! (haha) Verdict ?....an excellent site,a very interesting subject with a story to tell,(and that has been told so eloquently). Well Done Steve !!
From: Rod Coates Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Posted on: Wednesday, December 03, 2003, 08:45 PM
Just visiting. Great site. My dad was RCAF in 78 Sqdn at Breighton.
From: Lorraine Lowe Email: <email@example.com>
Posted on: Friday, March 12, 2004, 08:42 PM
i would like to hear from anyone who has info on my late uncle Bertie Hoskins who flew with 76 Squadron. i know he was stationed at Linton-on-the -ouse. He died in a crash at darlington in June 1942. would love to get copies of any photo's look forward to hearing back
From: david kendrick Email:
Posted on: Friday, March 18, 2005, 11:24 PM
Hi my dad was at pocklington airadrome during 39/45 , he was a flight engineer and was called edward kendrick , he also spent considerable time on aircraft maintainance.
From: Martyn Jones Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Posted on: Wednesday, May 25, 2005, 04:27 PM
My Grandfather, Douglas (Doug) Marriott was a Flight Engineer aboard Q-Queenie between 1939 and 1945 based at Breighton. Sadly, he died last year leaving an exceptionally proud family with his collection of stories, memrobilia, log books and photographs. I'd be delighted to share copies of anything I have with those, or the families of those who may have served with Grandad, and would be facinated to discover any stories, anecdotes or further sources of information for 78 Squadron.
From: Marjorie Peters nee mcintosh Email:
Posted on: Tuesday, May 09, 2006, 12:00 AM
what a great site. 3 of my cousins were in this war. I found Orbie McIntosh's tombstone buried in Belgium with his name spelled MacIntosh. I have a photo of it.
From: Stirling Moore Email:
Posted on: Thu, 26 Oct 2006 12:45:17
Hi Steve I am delighted to be able to make contact with you.I am a nephew ( Born Dec 1945 ) of Pilot Officer Stirling Moore who was known in family circles by his middle name.Following my recent retirement I resolved to carry out some family research and I was amazed to come across your website ( with a little direction from Len Smith of World War2 ex RAF, Karl Kjarsgaard of Halifax 57 Rescue and Lostbombers sites).Your site is a very fitting tribute to the crew members who lost their lives and to P/O Robins who was kind enough to travel to Belfast after the war to visit my grandmother and her family. It was very much appreciated. My uncle's siblings are all long deceased and I know little of his life or service other than that he was an accomplished amateur footballer.Their is a brief reference to his career in a local publication entitled " 75 Years of the Northern Amateur Football League ".Their is mention of a career blighting injury in 1938/1939 which probably co-incides with the time of his enlistment.May I take this opportunity of passing on my best wishes to the families, who may have had the good fortune to access your site, of all the crew members and in particular to Deborah Wallis for the thoughts expressed on behalf her family and Mary Stanford. It was kind of the family to visit the graves in Berlin. I would appreciate if you could let me know how you were able to obtain details of the missions flown by EFC during his service career.I have obtained some records from the RAF but these details were not included. Sorry to rabbit on and say so very little but do feel able to contact me if you require any further information and I will do my best to help. Again, many congratulations on the web site. Kind regards
From: Laura Isherwood
Posted on: November 2012
Really interesting site. These men should never be forgotten.
From: John Hayden
Posted on: May 2014
Dear Stephen We haven't met but I feel that we are almost related, so fondly was Ernie remembered by my father Ron. You have served the memory of Ernie and his colleagues well with this fine tribute. What a heroic generation they were. We lost Ron on 6th February this year at the age of 97, I believe he was the oldest survivor of his squadron. He never really came to terms with the loss of his comrades and any mention of Ernie would bring a tear to his eye.Thank you for taking the time and trouble to honour the memory of those who served.