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    Default Re: RAF Melbourne

    not sure.jpg Not sure what this is??


    Memorial 2.jpgRunway light memorial on the main runway.

    Memorial plate 2.jpgRunway light memorial plate

    CT.jpg Control Tower Watch Office F.C.W.4514

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    Two photos from Nigel Bailey-Underwood that he took on 13 January 2012




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    Default Air gunner from RAF Melbourne

    The information I have been given is from the son, Mr Jackson.

    He would like to know any details about his father. His mother re married some years later and Mr Jackson has very little to go on now.

    "My father was in a Halifax MK 111 number NA114 ZA-K of tenthsquadron based at Melbourne in Yorkshire.

    It took off for Hanover at 1649 hrs on the 5thJanuary 1945, It was hot down by a Night-fighter and crashed near Lemgo alarge town 10 kilometers north of Detmold.
    On impact the bomber caught fire and there wasno survivors from the crew of eight, there were usually only seven but on thisoccasion they carried a mid under gunner for extra protection from fighters.
    Bomber Command lost a total of 31 aircraft onthat raid.
    My father was a Flight Sargent and about 20years not sure of his exact age when he died".

    Can anybody help or at least point Mr Jackson in the right direction.

    Thank you

    Richard

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    Default Re: Air gunner from RAF Melbourne

    For the father's RAF Career he needs, first of all, to get (as next of kin) his RAF Service record. This should track his entire service history as well as giving previous background. For his father's time in No 10 Squadron, he can download copies of the Operations Records Books, for the period in question, from the National Archives. The Service record will show the date of joining the squadron and so it should be easy to show how many operations, aircraft, targets and crew colleagues were involved. From The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website he can download a record of the burial place and a fine, commemorative record.

    Here's a useful link - http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/document...-personnel.pdf. The RAF service records seem now to be held at the Cranwell address.

    Let me know if I can help any further

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    Swung past Melbourne on my way to see Elvingtons Halifax outside its hangar, a rare event.

    Memorial on the approach road
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    The lady in the offices called this the old Guardroom, but I see that it has been identified elsewhere as the Station Headquarters. Now used as the Farm Office
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    Nice door knocker on the front door
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    Identified earlier as MT sheds, but quite tall. Maybe for Fire Engine, Crane etc?
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    The restored Control Tower, looks like it is used as a store
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    ??
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    Parachute and Dinghy Stores
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    ??
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    Photographed 28/08/13 with permission
    As always, click on the thumbnails for larger images

    A couple of ultralights were operating from near the control tower

    kevin

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    Thanks Kevin for these pics... I am just researching my father's days at Melbourne from Jan - May 1945. He was with 10 Sqn there F/O R.S.Preston W/Op with F/Lt Bastard(pilot) until they moved to India to move troops around in Dakotas. I do have his log book and some other bits and bobs but no pics of Melbourne airfield. Thank you. Phil.

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