of RAAF Memorabilia
PH558. A studio photo of 434335 Russell Stewart. Russell Ian Stewart enlisted on 12 Nov 1942 at Melbourne and was KIA on 24 Dec 1944 in Lancaster PB255 over Oastelbeers, Holland as a Flight Sergeant with 460 Squadron. He is buried in OOSTELBEERS ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCHYARD Coll. grave. Netherlands with his crew.
PI186. A silver bracelet engraved to W. J. Sandercock, 417420, R.A.A.F. William James Sandercock 417420
No. 279 Squadron (RAF), Detachment RAF Station Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire
Died: Air Operations (No. 278 Squadron Warwick aircraft HG209), off the Norwegian Coast, 11 January 1945, Aged 29 Years.
Son of William Ralph and Alice Emma Sandercock, of Glossop, South Australia; husband of Sheila Beavis Sandercock, of Glenelg, South Australia
Remembered: Panel 284, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK.
Warwick HG209 of No. 279 Squadron took off at 1330 hours on 11 January 1945 from a Squadron detachment at RAF Station Fraserburgh, to provide Air-Sea Rescue cover for an anti-shipping strike off the Norwegian coast. Enemy fighters were encountered, and HG 209 failed to return to base. HG 209 was last seen to be flying over a ditched strike aircraft (No. 143 squadron Mosquito aircraft PZ190) and believed to be followed by an Me109. It was later recorded that the missing crew had been lost at sea.
The crew members of HG209 were:
Flight Sergeant William Henry Bryan (1413675) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)
Warrant Officer Frederick Earl Bentley (J/93334) (RCAF)
Flying Officer George Campbell Galloway (54284) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator Air)
Warrant Officer Andrew Ferguson Goodall (1558334) (RAFVR)
Warrant Officer George William Mansfield (1377933) (RAFVR)
Flight Lieutenant John Henry Moreton (141068) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Warrant Officer William James Sandercock (417420) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)
Thank you very much for that information.
Researching Lancaster PB255, get in touch with almost all the crew relatives and resulted in a memorial unveiled 2016 near the place where PB255 crashed and took the lives of seven young airmen.
02.11 | 07:44
Kelly, Yes, I am always adding to my collection.
02.11 | 07:21
Hello I am wondering if you are adding to your collection of cuff links. I have some eagle and crown gold ones I came across today at a thrift store. Your museum has been great to learn from.
15.09 | 10:37
Lucy, Thank you very much, I have amended my website. Regards, Lindsay.
15.09 | 10:04
PI186. W. J. SANDERCOCK 417420 R.A.A.F. was not discharged on 11/1/1945 - he was shot down over Norway.