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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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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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Putting the record straight…

It’s been pointed out to me that I’ve got ‘Johnny’ Travis’s nationality wrong… so I’m putting the record straight here. He was known as ‘The Dapper Rhodesian’ by most people in his unit and later in Stalag Luft III. His … 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 search for the families of crew members is moving on apace!

How swiftly have some aspects of the search for the family members of crew have moved since my last blog entry!!! The other night after having left private messages on Facebook to two folk I felt could be the grandchildren … Continue reading

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The amazing Dutch researchers – and the proposed erection of a commemorative panel.

Dad and the rest of the crew were shot down over the Friesland area of the Netherlands…and, luckily, all survived. They were sent to the Dulag for questioning and then were sent off to various Stalags… for them ‘the war … Continue reading

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