Winter 2013 Update…

Many thanks to Dunc for adding my summaries to the “Crew List” section, containing the incomplete information we have on our two gunners; Williams and David….We remain hopeful for contact with family members of these two airmen to help complete our story, also added (to the “Other Memoirs” section) is information on F/O David’s brother lost in a 7 Sqdn Lanc’ and a summary of our rear gunner’s return from Stalag Luft I (Barth)…..The project continues….

Summer 2013 Update

Things are quiet at the moment, got a few photos and details to add shortly but no major developments. However, I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to my Uncle Jim….AKA W/O James “Snowdrop” Southworth DFM, a two tour A/G ex of 78 and 103 Sqdns respectively. A West Lancashire lad born and bred, he was laid to rest this week in his beloved Cornwall after a full and remarkable life aged 92, a sad but proud day.

Spring 2013 update…

…Duncan has added a piece I wrote for a local magazine in the “Other Memoirs” section on the drop-down menu…..”The “Airmen of Newburgh” is not LM658 related but is the story of four men from a small Lancashire village, three of whom lost their lives on Lancs….worth a read! We are also planning a page of relevant links to other sites…watch this space!

Seasons Greetings from the Team…

Duncan and Alan would like to wish all of our contributors and site followers good health and happiness for the Christmas season and for the coming year. With your invaluable help, we have made great progress on the LM658 story during 2012…..let’s see what 2013 brings!….Best wishes and thanks to you all.

October 2012: Major Updates Added.

Many thanks to webmaster Duncan for adding the updates to the Ramsden, Downie and Paston- Williams crew biographies. Also added is the hardest and most considered thing I have ever had to write, the chain of events that happened in the air on that fateful night, which can be found inserted into THE HOOD STORY section. Thanks to all contributors involved! (see ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS section).

Just when we thought it had all gone quiet again!…

A remarkable and exciting contact has landed in my inbox from medal collector Mr Richard Jones, not only has he furnished us with photos of flight engineer John Downie’s medal collection (of which he is custodian), but also with documentary evidence of information regarding the chain of events during LM 658’s fateful op!…Hence, I am working on a re-write of a key part of the story….watch this space….

Another piece of the jigsaw…

Delighted that Mrs Anne Merritt has got in touch with us, Anne is the daughter of LM 658’s bomb aimer P/O Benjamin Ramsden and was still only a baby when her father was lost….as a result, we are currently preparing the mini-biography of “Benny” as he was known to all (including some excellent photos) which will appear shortly, taking it’s rightful it’s place alongside those of his crewmates!

The Quest Continues…

Following my approach to the senior features editor of “The Hamilton Spectator” newspaper in Ontario Canada, hometown of our rear gunner: F/O Bruce Arnold David, we have been put in touch with a local RCAF veterans organisation who have agreed to help try and make contact with anyone who knows/knew F/O David post war…Watch this space!!!….

A remarkable (and sinister) coincidence…

…have just been advised by Mr Mike Monitz, a former pupil of the Royal Russell School that some of the senior boys used to sometimes take a highly illicit visit to a local pub called “The Sandrock”…surely Gerald Hood would have known of the place, but what he would not have known is that the local pub bore the same name as the man who would supervise his execution in just a few years time!

If you are reading this….

Paddy from “The Fedora Lounge” 1940’s culture forum, we would like to know more about the origins of the very interesting material you have posted, feel free to get in touch sir!

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