Thursday, 27 September 2012

Update on Finding the Pathfinders

Things that are worth doing are never easy, and this funding adventure is no exception!
Unsuccessful with our current funding bids, we are trying a different approach- we shall keep you informed.
In the meantime, it gives us more of a chance to try and trace the relatives of Dad's crew mates that we haven't tracked down yet.
Can you help? Here's a list of those we would like to find if they are still with us, or if they are not with us, we would love to include any direct relatives in our documentary. We have various bits of information on most of them, but the vital information about where they, or their family are now, is what we're really after. These are the ones we have yet to trace with some info to jog some memories, we hope:

100 Squadron (Waltham, Grimsby) from 5/2/1943

Pilot Officer Harold Kenneth Campbell Harvey DFC or "Ken" Harvey , rejoined Canadian Air Force, last known to have been a pilot and air cadet officer in Canada up until 1957. 
Andy C Barr, Flight engineer, possibly from Scotland.
Sgt James F Craik, Bomb Aimer. Is listed as a pilot with a DFC in a Memorial book from Hillhead School, Glasgow. He died before the end of the war over Belgium. Can't find a record of the DFC. 
Sgt Harry S Woods, Wireless Operator, possibly from Mansfield. Is he the same Harry Woods that died in Grimsby a couple of years ago?
Sgt Geoff W Mander, Navigator. Died on a training mission in 1944. Lived at the City Arms Pub, York with his parents before the war.
Sgt C "Dusty" Menear, Rear Gunner. Lived in Parr, Cornwall up until at least 1950 when Dad lost touch with him.

97 Squadron (Bourne 15/3/44 , then  Conningsby from 15/4/44) 

Flight Officer Parker, no first name. Was best man to the Pilot, Bill Reid, but the family have lost touch with the Parkers. He was known to be a poultry farmer in Bury St Edmunds after the war.
Gordon Brown, rear gunner. Possibly from Yorkshire and played Rugby before the war.
Flight Sgt B. Harthill, wireless operator. No other information on him has been confirmed.

Anything here ring a bell? If so, send us an e-mail at and lets see if we can get everyone involved together for a reunion next year. My Dad would love to know what happened to everyone after the war.

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