Summer 2017 Updates….End of the Quest:

Many thanks to Duncan for his last big push to upload the latest batch of material that effectively completes the LM658 story, updates to the acknowledgements section and the mini biography of Bruce David the rear gunner have now been uploaded, along with a map of the crash site and the letter from the skipper to the Dutch family who sheltered him in Hengelo. Once again thanks to all who have contributed, please do get in touch if I have missed anyone out in the acknowledgements or you have further information or clarification for us, we are still very active on this site and welcome any contact. Well, it’s taken me sixteen years to research this, but it’s all here now…….damn good job I don’t do this for a living eh?!….. Alan 🙂

Spring 2017 Update (the home straight)!!!

The final draft of the eighth and final crew mini-biography for our Canadian rear gunner P/O Bruce Arnold David is now with the webmaster, this sixteen year quest is reaching it’s end! Duncan has also managed to recover information sent to me in 2013 from Mr Leon Baars which I thought was lost in a hard-drive crash. We are also in the process of updating the acknowledgements section. Watch this space, we are still very active!

Spring 2016 Update and Progress……

It takes time, but the information is out there, delighted that Dunc has just added to mini biography and photos of our mid-upper gunner, Stan Williams (See CREW LIST section)….we are still active, the quest continues!

Summer 2015 Update……

So much information has come our way this year, particularly regarding two of our crew members, Stan Williams (mid-upper gunner) and Bruce David (rear gunner) which due to other pressing issues in life I regret I simply have not had time to process. To all the kind contributors, please accept my apologies and I assure you that by the end of the year it should all be online. Including some information/material received from the Netherlands several years ago which was lost in an IT meltdown of mine…but now, thanks to Duncan, has been recovered. Please keep watching this space and bear with us……Thanks…..Alan.

April 2015 Update….

As per usual, right out of the blue comes another excellent contact, Mr John Krispyn has got in touch from Australia where he has made his life, but John was born and grew up in occupied Holland and has entrusted me with some of his profound and graphic recollections of life in the Almelo area under the heel of the occupiers, including his eyewitness account of the crash of Lancaster ME 732 on Almelo, which features as part of the extended Hood story. In the not too distant, his memories will be added to the OTHER MEMOIRS section……watch this space……

January 2015 update….

The year began with another boost, a very significant contact from Mrs Christine Jones. who in the process of researching her husband’s family tree discovered that there was a lost airman in the family, who turned out to be our own mid-upper gunner, Flt Sgt Robert Stanley Williams. Via Christine we have had contact with the eldest niece of Flt Sgt Williams, Mrs Pauline Ellis (nee Shone) who has kindly supplied us with a copy of the treasured photo kept on display by the family since his death in 1944. Naturally we are delighted to have finally made contact with the family by the power of the internet and will be updating the information on the site accordingly in the very near future! Apologies for the delay in notifying this development, due to technical reasons! ….Alan.

Lancaster ME 732, Roy Fellows…..

The story of Lancaster ME 732, is strongly connected to the LM 658 story and can be found here within the website. In a recent conversation with Roy Fellows he has asked me to see if any relatives of his old crewmates are online and viewing this site, if so he would very much like to speak to you….contact us please!!

August 2014….LM658, 70 years on……

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the loss of LM658……We will remember them.

Flying Officer James H Boyle RCAF…..

We have recently been informed of the passing of Jim Boyle aged 92, at home in Calgary, Jim was the navigator of another operationally ready crew, whose skipper, Flt Lt Christopher Holland was tragically lost with LM658 on his “second dickie” trip. Jim’s memoirs of this time can be found in the OTHER MEMOIRS section of the website. Rest peacefully Jim, you and so many others like you came from all over the Commonwealth to fight when we needed you…your kind will never be forgotten here. I am so glad I had the chance to correspond with you.

The new year (2014) approaches…

Just a quick note from both Alan and Duncan to wish all of our regular contributors and website followers a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. Here’s hoping that 2014 will yield contact from those who can fill in the missing parts of our story! We also plan to add a links page and a few other tweaks, as and when we can. It may sometimes seems like things have gone quiet on here, but we are always poised to react to developments! Best wishes and thanks for dropping by whenever you can! ….Alan (author) and Duncan (webmaster/host)…. “We will remember them!”

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