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by jamesinnewcastle
Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: British Crews
Topic: Sgt. Sydney Thomas Woodbridge 83 Sqd. KIA 29 March 1942
Replies: 10
Views: 2090

Re: Sgt. Sydney Thomas Woodbridge 83 Sqd. KIA 29 March 1942

Hi Steve 'Gardening' was the code given to the task of mining enemy waters (at night). To garden you 'planted' (dropped) mines which were the 'veg(tables)'. I vaugely remember that different mines had different vegtable names (I could be wrong there!). This sounds easy but the crews had to fly very ...
by jamesinnewcastle
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: British Crews
Topic: Sgt. Sydney Thomas Woodbridge 83 Sqd. KIA 29 March 1942
Replies: 10
Views: 2090

Re: Sgt. Sydney Thomas Woodbridge 83 Sqd. KIA 29 March 1942

Hi You could download the Operational Record Books for his missions. Go to the national archives web site and search for ORB and the squadrons of interest. I believe that they have digitised most of them. Cost a few pounds for each download. You still see his name on the records. If you are lucky he...
by jamesinnewcastle
Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: British Crews
Topic: Sgt. Sydney Thomas Woodbridge 83 Sqd. KIA 29 March 1942
Replies: 10
Views: 2090

Re: Sgt. Sydney Thomas Woodbridge 83 Sqd. KIA 29 March 1942

Hi Pete Without an Observer/Navigator you don't get to the target or get home, at least with any certainty. The Pilot I read was often considered to be just the driver. Some people consider the Navigator to be the key crew member. I'm not an expert but weren't all RAF personnel voulenteers? Someone ...
by jamesinnewcastle
Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Research documentation
Topic: Halifax HR750, RAF Snaith
Replies: 10
Views: 1436

Re: Halifax HR750, RAF Snaith

Hi Mike Freedom of Information request? That's interesting. I'm aware that some files are publically withheld, those such as the casualty ones where the details are supposedly protected for personal reasons of the people involved, but what other files can be requested under the FOI rules? If you hav...
by jamesinnewcastle
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Research documentation
Topic: Halifax HR750, RAF Snaith
Replies: 10
Views: 1436

Re: Halifax HR750, RAF Snaith

Hi Mike Sadly there are no particular repositries of information such as you seem to be looking for, you will have to spend a while digging and following blind alleys, perhaps finding the odd piece of good luck. You are only likely to find a picture of your man if someone took a pic and kept it - th...
by jamesinnewcastle
Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: General Section
Topic: Identities Sought
Replies: 3
Views: 2079

Re: Identities Sought

Hi Iain I can't help with any names but I would ask if you know that the National Archives have a Casualty Report for N6020? That is a little odd in that they are usually for crashes on home soil. Try this link and search for N6020. https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C16484 You will...
by jamesinnewcastle
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Short Stirling Aircraft Database
Topic: Stirling N6012 Caualty Report Available
Replies: 7
Views: 3635

Re: Stirling N6012 Caualty Report Available

Hi Ady

Is your email corrrect? I'm not able to send anything there!

Cheers
James
by jamesinnewcastle
Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Short Stirling Aircraft Database
Topic: Stirling N6012 Caualty Report Available
Replies: 7
Views: 3635

Re: Stirling N6012 Caualty Report Available

Hi Ady Yes, Eric Barratt was one of the crew. I've never made much headway with any of the crew except the Pilot and to an extent the Engineer. Sadly it is hard to connect to relatives who can't remember the Uncle who never came back all that time ago and others don't want to be reminded. I did ask ...
by jamesinnewcastle
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: General Section
Topic: Assistance please in researching
Replies: 6
Views: 1679

Re: Assistance please in researching

Hi Charles I didn't know that, I must buy a laptop! Would be better if they would load files onto your memory stick! What I find odd about the Kew set-up is that I have paid to have a document scanned but they haven't subsequently offered it for download on their site? Seems like a process doomed to...
by jamesinnewcastle
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: General Section
Topic: Assistance please in researching
Replies: 6
Views: 1679

Re: Assistance please in researching

Hi Go to Kew just for the experience, but you can learn what sorties he took from the ORBs and in what aircraft. For my paticular crew of interest their arrival on base was noted in the ORB so you may get some chronological data too. The ORBs were not filled out in exactly the same way on each squad...