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Johan VAN DIJK from Dutch by birth: British wrote at October 4, 2014:
I am married to the niece of Flying Officer D G Howse, of 51 Sqdn & RAF Snaith shot down on 25/26 June 1943. I visited the graves of the crew of JD 261 two weeks ago and laid crosses on all graves. I was perplexed by the absence of Sgt K R Wood until I read this page on your site. I am moved by a photo of the four crew members in it and that feature my wife's uncle.
I have never lived in The Netherlands (my father was in the Resistance and sought never to return after war's end except for family occasions)
If there is interest in the photo of the crew members - one under a Halifax wing; the other by a barrack's block, then please contact me.
It isa long time ago , and yet I wonder if any family members have the photo?
Kelvin T. Youngs from Great Yarmouth, England. wrote at July 29, 2014:
Great work, by a great team of researchers. Proud to be able to offer our assistance to you in anyway we are able.
Kevin Kenny from Trinidad & Tobago wrote at June 8, 2014:
I cannot express our appreciation for the informations sent to me this week by Joop Hendrix about my Uncle Gerry Kenny. Our family will forever be grateful for the information on the last flight of my uncle, a man that i never got to know.
dave courtemanche wrote at May 28, 2014:
jj lyng, POW, was my uncle- mom's brother
Don Christopher from Canadian Historical Aircraft Association wrote at April 30, 2014:
Thanks for everything that you do, folks! We have to keep the memory of these aircrews and aircraft alive!
kevin from belgium wrote at January 26, 2014:
Geachte
respect voor al jullie geleverde werk ik ben lid heemkunde kring zonhoven en houthalen en ben op zoek naar meer informatie over gecrashte vliegtuigen in deze gemeente ook helchteren misschien kunnen jullie me een beetje op weg helpen ik doe dit alleen uit belang voor de heemkunde en zal er geen misbruik van maken van jullie hulp alvast bedankt
Keith Ellefson from USA wrote at August 10, 2013:
I am looking for information on B-17G 42-37982, 545th Squadron, 384th Bombardment Group, USAAF. The plane was lost on 19 September 1944 and crashed in Belgium. From: Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces, Volume 4 by Bishop and Hey - "The B-17 dove into the ground and exploded about 3-5 miles from Binche, about 10 miles west of Charleroi, Belgium. "
Using the search function on your excellent site, I have been unable to locate this ship. Any help in this matter is greatly appreciated.
Thank you
Cate Mooney from USA wrote at April 25, 2013:
Dear Benny,

I'm making a trip to Belgium this summer, hoping to find the crash site of my uncle who was KIA on June 16, 1942. He flew with the RAF Eagle Squadron 121st. Went down somewhere along a train line from Bruge to Ostende in a Spitfire while strafing a German supply train. He's buried in Dunkirk.

Any possibility of your knowing the site? I see three possibilities on a map of Belgium.

Cate
Benny wrote at November 14, 2012:
Hi Benny,


Thank you so much for the 3 e-mails, they are truly fascinating.


Though I have seen some of the pictures before it was really interesting to see letters sent to Roy's family telling them that Roy was missing in action.


You obviously have a real passion for investigating and exploring all of the facts and I commend you all at The Planehunters Recovery Team for doing such a wonderful job.


At such a poignant time it is so important not to forget those that sacrificed themselves for the rest of us and you have made me feel really proud of what Roy achieved.


Thanks again Benny,


King regards


Jerry
Family of Sgt Witham Lanc. ME737
Benny wrote at November 14, 2012:
Hi guys!

Our story is cut and it aired here in Canada. Everyone loves it, and people think you guys are just the greatest. Check out the story here:

http://review.bellmedia.ca/view/1149010923

Thanks again for all your help. Please keep in touch, as I would love to work with you guys again on a bigger dig.

Amanda Buckiewicz
Discovery Channel
Benny wrote at November 14, 2012:
Areply from the Discovery documentary
Hi Guys

Debra and I really enjoyed this, although it is a shame it is such a short
excerpt from the documentary. Whilst watching this clip, Debra and I both
realized how luck we are to be working with people who are both serious and
professional and passionate about what they do and also for what we do. To
us, it is an honour to be involved in this, to honour those who gave their
lives so that we could live in freedom, and we must always remember them and
make sure they are not forgotten, and long may our association and
friendship last.

With kindest regards,
Peter and Debra
51 sqn History Society
Benny wrote at November 14, 2012:
Hi Benny and Co.

Very well done. You deserve all the praise possible.

Also, thank you for taking care of Bob. We are all very grateful to you
all.

I was in the Brewers with some vets the other day and also Gp Capt Paton ex
51 OC. He has not seen the gallery before and was very impressed
particularly with the sketch of Bob. It generates a lot of interest.
Much love to you all.

Renee
51 sqn Memorial Garden
John ( k4kittycrew ) Pollard from Australia wrote at May 18, 2012:
Hello Benny,

Greatly appreciate your efforts. Congratulations on your site and if we at the Stirling Aircraft Society Forum ( we cover all bomber command aircraft and topics ) can help with any information and acknowledgement, please do not hesitate to let us know.

I believe Bob ( one of our moderators ) has been in contact with you, hence he has put me onto your site.
Cheers,
John and the crew.
Benny wrote at May 16, 2012:
Hi
Cate
Thank you for comming,it was a very nice day.
On friday 18 May we are going to Elsham Wolds to donate a frame with parts of ND700,so afther 68 years the plane is going home agian
Regards Benny
Cate Martinelli from Lancaster Oostmalle wrote at May 8, 2012:
Hi Benny,
Just wanted to thank you for the work that you do. I was very impressed by your efforts and so pleased to meet you and look forward to seeing you again next year.
I enjoyed our chat over a Belgian beer!
What a fantastic day it was.

Thank you again
Best Regards
Cate Martinelli (nee White)
Lyle Kindleysides from Australia wrote at March 26, 2012:
Hi Benny, I finally got around to sorting out some of my pics from Flixton. I mentioned WO Beckett the Mid Upper in Halifax MZ562. I imagine you already have this info but this came from the display of Stan Beckett's uniform at Flixton. Quote: "At 21:56 hours, 12th May 1944, Halifax MZ562 took off from Leconfield on their 23rd operation. The target was Hasselt Marshalling Yard, Belgium. Sadly the aircraft was shot down en route. A message received from the Belgium Resistance reported the Halifax had come down 700 metres from a dynamite factory, Poultreries at Balen-Wezel, Antwerpen, twelve kilometres E.N.E. of Geel" . The report contains other info re crew etc and Stan's adventures as a pow until liberated at the end of the year and then until his demob.
Regards
Lyle
Benny wrote at January 12, 2012:
Hi Lyle
Thanks for the post in my guestbook,i think the code for MZ562 was C8-A
Any information about this crash is always welcome,we still have to locate the crashsite
Regards
Benny
Lyle Kindleysides wrote at January 12, 2012:
Hi,
Around June last year I was holidaying on the east coast of the UK (Lowestoft) and met an elderly gentleman who was a WO mid upper gunner on 640 Sqn Halifax MZ562. He introduced himself as a mug when I met him after a church service at Corton and related a little bit about being in 158 Sqn then 640 Sqn and then being shot down in May 44 and spending time in a POW camp. His WO uniform is in the aircraft museum at Flixton which I visited shortly after. He has written a book which he told me was now out of print. I have written to him since then and discovered your site and the reference to his aircraft after receiving a Christmas card from him with a letter from the Air Ministry (the original) later in May 44 advising his father of his loss over Belgium. I will write to him and let him know of the interest in his Halifax. I believe the code on the side of 640 Sqn aircraft was C8-, but I would like to know of the remaining letters as I would like to recreate this aircraft in model form as near as accurate as I could get. Information as to its target and its demise etc would be of interest.
Stan B is over 90 now but is still very sharp. I live in Australia and have a daughter working in London, hence the visits.
cheers
LyleK
Benny Ceulaers wrote at August 24, 2011:
Hi and welcome to our Guestbook
At the moment we are working on the website.
In the future you can find information about the crashes that we are investigating
Halifax HR839,JN920,JD244,LV783 ,MZ575,JD363, LL584,MZ562,MZ529
Lancaster
ME737,ND964,L7465 (Manchester),DV309,ED663,JA695,JB733,LL720,LM115,ND389,ND700,ME846,R5610,ND715,R5794 (Manchester)
Spitfire
MJ558,MJ534,PT876
Mustang
42-106739,
And many more
Regards
Benny Ceulaers
Chairman Planehunters Recoveryteam

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