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Some of you know that I have spent many years researching my father’s time in the RAF during WW2 and in particular his time on Ops over Germany, being shot down in May 1943 onboard Halifax JB869 DY-H and then spending time as a POW. Dad was a navigator on Halifaxes for 102 Squadron and what started in 1997 as a casual enquiry turned into a much larger project to locate relatives of his seven man crew and to piece together what happened the night he was shot down.

It’s taken 24 years to slot the final piece into place and trace relatives of all of his crew (I found the last one in Dec 2020 in Australia) and I now have complete pen portraits and photos of them all. I’ve also built up a picture of their operational life as a crew (short though it was) and then my father’s as a POW, including his 2 escapes and his participation in the forced march of POWs across Germany away from the allies in the winter of 1944/1945. Unprovisioned, malnourished and with no winter clothing Dad was lucky to survive it, others were not so fortunate. In the course of my research I was lucky enough to speak with men who knew him in the camps and on the marches, all now sadly gone, but their testament endures and will form an important part of the narrative.

I can’t give specific detail as the paperwork is not concluded but I’m pleased to say that my submission has been accepted by a well-known publisher and the book will be out sometime next year. Once I am able, I will post more info about specifics.

After almost a quarter of a century I’m pleased the full story of my father and his crew is finally going in to print. It’s a story that’s worth telling and it’s a privilege to give those seven young airmen a voice. I’m indebted to a great many people for their invaluable help and support over the years not least the countless number of veterans and ex-aircrew who invited to me into their homes and gave so freely of their time.

Finally – to Sgts Bernard Happold, John Brownlie, Duncan McGregor, Harry Barratt, Gordon Bowles, Tommy Jones and F/O John Baxter. - the crew of JB869 DY-H.This is for you boys. This is your story.

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Well done sir
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Well done , and I very much look forward to reading the book !

I do enjoy reading this sort of history. 

Kingsley

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Congratulations

Stephen

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Thank you gents.

'scuse me while I kiss the sky

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That's a fantastic thing to do and look forward to reading the book. So glad you managed to complete it and congrats for getting a book deal. Brilliant!

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Cheers Andy !

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What an achievement - research , story , pictures , (probably ) edits and re edits and then pulling a publisher.  Clap  Chapeau !   

 

 

 

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Well done.

Do let us know when its available to buy.

Ian

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I'm deeply impressed.

your dad would be very proud of you...You obviously have the same streak of tenacity that he had

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Congratulations, looking forward to this. My wife lost an uncle over the North Sea in a Wellington in 1941 so we are both interested.