Category Archives: Dad

Johnny Travis – Wireless Operator

One of the crew members on that ‘one way journey’ to Emden was Johnny Travis and he is one I wasn’t able to find too much about initially. There aren’t too many photos of him around and those are rather … Continue reading

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Photo of 7 Squadron members in Stalag Luft III 1942

I’ve been holding back this photograph for ages so that it could be used as part of the unveiling ceremony and associated presentation at Blije, Friesland Province… but now I’m able to put it up here so that others can see … Continue reading

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Part II of our incredible journey to Friesland

On the morning of the 7th June at around 10-00am Douwe and Alexander arrived at the hotel to walk us around to the local archives where they had a small exhibition about the Air War above Friesland Province. It was … Continue reading

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Harry Feenstra’s Mapped Story of the Night of 7 June 1942…

This time last year Harry Feenstra sent me a wonderful map of the area in which dad’s plane came down… it tells in pictorial form of the events of that day (before dawn initially) of what happened to the crew. … Continue reading

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A Memorable Journey…

On Sunday 5th June Tony and I climbed aboard the plane that would take us to Amsterdam, Holland – en route to a place that has become very significant to me over the past few years. We stayed overnight in … Continue reading

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New additions to the Australian Archives…

Yesterday I was contacted by Ger Boogmans, the archivist for Bomber Command based in Amsterdam. We regularly contact each other via the Private Message system on the Facebook website. He asked me if my father used to live at an … Continue reading

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The Eve of War…

In September 1939 Britain prepared for war…and decided to take a register of everyone living at the time…later this information would form the basis of the National Health Service in 1948. It was a working record and was updated as the … Continue reading

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