149 Squadron Info wanted

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149 Squadron Info wanted

Post by martynp » Wed Sep 15, 2010 12:16 am

Hi All
I am new to this forum and was wondering if anyone can help me. My Uncle was killed when his stirling LK385 was shot down on the return flight of operation titanic in the early hours of DDay morning. He was Sergeant Frank William Bellamy. We know he is buried in Baudre church in france and the grave is looked after by the war graves commission, but I was hoping that someone here could point me in the direction of a book of rememberance or a memorial to the squadron in the uk so that I can take my mum his sister along to seee it. I know there is a roll of honour in St Georges church at Methwold which I have been kindly pointed in the direction of by Larry. Any further help would be greatfully appreciated.

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Post by Bruno » Sat Sep 18, 2010 10:54 am

Hello,

An idea could be to visit the RAF Methwold Memorial as it was from this station that Stirling LK385 took-off.
Here is a link to this memorial:
http://oldairfields.fotopic.net/c1672656.html

As you probably know a page is dedicated to the crew of Stirling LK385:
http://www.raf38group.org/baudre

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Re: 149 Squadron Info wanted

Post by martynp » Sat Sep 18, 2010 11:20 pm

Hi Bruno thank you for the info about the memorial I did not know it existed.
I know about the page dedicated to the crew my Uncle was Sergeant Frank William Bellamy.

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Post by Oggie2620 » Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:46 pm

You might also like to look at this site:
http://www.mildenhallregister.stirlingp ... adrons.htm
It covers 149 Sqn generally and may have something..
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Re: 149 Squadron Info wanted

Post by 149NUTS » Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:43 pm

Thanx to the previous poster for the Mildenhall Register link. It is http://www.mildenhallregister.stirlingpilot.org.uk

The Loss refered to was one of the 7 Stirlings of 149 Sqn sent on "Feignt" missions with the 1/2 scale paratroopers and Pintails as their drop load. The 149 contingent was led by their C.O. Wing Cmdr M E Pickford. Your aircraft LK385 flown by Sqn Ldr CJK Hutchins was on the Titanic III mission and was shot down as known.

Your crew member is in the 149 Roll of Honour book.I have seen it and it is well worth a visit, as is the Methwold church. Previous notification would help to ensure the book was available.

Hope this helps

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Re: 149 Squadron Info wanted

Post by martynp » Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:57 pm

Oggie2620 and 149nuts thank you for the info the site is very informative and I am planning a trip down to methwold in the near future. Does anyone have a contact number for the church a long shot I know but you never find out if you dont ask

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Re: 149 Squadron Info wanted

Post by martynp » Tue Oct 05, 2010 11:20 pm

Thanks bruno
I am aiming to try and get down in a couple of weeks time as long as I can contact the Vicar to arrange to see the roll of honour

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Re: 149 Squadron Info wanted

Post by martynp » Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:23 am

This was the last photo taken of Flt Sgt Frank W Bellamy that we know of it was taken on his last leave before operation titanic
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Re: 149 Squadron Info wanted

Post by Bruno » Sat Oct 09, 2010 11:40 pm

Hello Martyn,

A great thank for the photo.
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