Whilst at Worthy Down he was promoted to A/L Airman on 22nd March 1943. Age 22, Son of John and Florence Elisabeth Hoad of Esher, Surrey. In 1947, their mortal remains were reburied at War Cemetery Jonkerbos in Nijmegen. HMS Indomitable, Mech. His log shows flying hours at Worthy Down up to 16th July 1943. On 9th of April 1944 they crashed into the sea 4.5 miles from Arran, Scotland. The Wartime Memories Project is run by volunteers and this website is funded by donations from our visitors. S/Lt Gouldsbury does not appear to have gone with him. [3], In 1942 an outstation of the Sandbanks base was opened at RNAS Lawrenny Ferry in Pembrokeshire and 764 NAS was moved there as an operational conversion unit. The names on this list have been submitted by relatives, friends, neighbours and others who wish to remember them, if you have any names to add or any recollections or photos of those listed, At 10.00pm, there was an air raid alarm in Venlo. Alfred Shuler AIRFRAME MECH.FIRST CLASS Served from 1945 - 1948 Served in HMS Daedalus. Gosling, Air Mechanic 2, 5 Oct 1943 - 17 Dec 1943, HMS Royal Arthur from 22nd June until 1st July 1943, HMS Gosling from 13th July until 18th September 1943, HMS Daedalus from 14th September until 17th October 1943, HMS Gannet from 24th February 1944 until 19th March 1944, HMS Daedalus from 17th October 1944 until 12th December 1944, HMS Merlin from 13th December 1944 until 17th January 1946. On 17th September 1943 he was transferred to HMS Nightjar, 766 Squadron where he commenced flying 20th September 1943. He did tell me there was one other major incident when landing on a MAC. He told me that after the crash and all the crew had evacuated the aircraft he wanted to go back to the aircraft to retrieve his lucky mascot but he was restrained by another crew member. His flying career commenced when he was transferred to HMS Kestrel, Worthy Down, on 12th December and the first entry in his log was 21st January 1943 in which he notes "flying not what I expected". HMS Daedalus II was a British Royal Navy air station and training establishment between 1940 and 1946. According to his log he commenced air gunnery training with 774 squadron at St Merryn on 6th August 1943 but was not transferred to Vulture on his service record until 11th September 1943. Wish I knew more, PO. Dad said if they had gone over it would have been unlikely that they would have survived. 752233RAF Volunteer Reserve, Age 20, Son of Francis George Grunsell and Rose Grunsell of Hounslow Middlesex. For any other comments, please Contact Us. The night fighters were already aware of the approaching bombers and one after another the Bf 100 took off. He was always nervous and said "Only birds and fools fly, and most birds don't fly at night" he usually followed this up with "I have escaped death in aeroplanes three times, I doubt if I would be lucky enough to survive a fourth time". Whenever I saw the Admiral after this he always spoke and made a joke about my hymn cards, this did not please the CPO so it ws shortly after this I received a posting to the Far East where I served from '43 to '46 and was demobbed in Jan '47. There are two further entries where the pilot was S/Lt Reed. photographs, documents or items from the First or Second World War, please do not destroy them. to help with the costs of keeping the site running. We are also looking for volunteers to help with the website. We are now on Facebook. The Wartime Memories Project is a non profit organisation run by volunteers. What does UCH/77477 in the `Nature of Decoration' mean in the section medals, clasps? Without knowing the movements of the Empire Macrae I don't think I have enough information to work out exactly what happened during the eighteen months of operations with 836 Squadron. recording and preserving recollections, documents, photographs and small items. Sub Lt. Peter John Hoad MID Att. CPO. Presumably the other members of the crew also qualified and were admitted. MiD. Shots broke through the nightly silence. The establishment was formed to free up space at RNAS Lee-on-Solent (HMS Daedalus). In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site's House Rules, please click here. There was some problem and they nearly went over the edge of the carrier. The first location was former Royal Air Force (RAF) station at Lympne Airport. He thanked me and laughed, however after the parade the Chief Petty officer gave me a right roasting. This does not seem to have been documented but then perhaps it was not an uncommon event. Apparently one other crew member was only found later, but he also was buried at the Venlo cemetery. When I had done this I realised I had only 3 cards left and the Admiral and his officers were standing on the steps waiting so I went to him and said He completed 85.00 hours W/T Training. referenced. those of the BBC. Hoad Peter John. Lawrence Oliver MID. 4 Sergeant Wireless Operator Jack Mitchell, Reg.nr. [2], https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=HMS_Daedalus_II&oldid=953945865, Military installations established in 1940, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 29 April 2020, at 21:36. This page has been archived and is no longer updated. 38 British Wellington bombers flew to Cologne, of which one was missing later on. public. Sub-Lieutnant Air Observer Peter John Hoad, HMS Daedalus II was a British Royal Navy air station and training establishment between 1940 and 1946. On 1st May 1945 at the end of the war in Europe John was transferred to 1702 Squadron at Lee on Solent and flew in Sea Otters. please He lived in Roslea, Newstead, Melrose prior to enlisting. HMS Daedalus was an iron screw floating battery launched in 1856 as HMS Thunderbolt. He did not like flying and did not fly after his discharge until he migrated to Australia and had to catch commercial flights for holidays etc. The entire crew was killed and maimed. 85289. This website is paid for out of our own pockets, library subscriptions and from donations made by visitors. Not to be denied his wish to fly John commenced service in the Royal Navy on 8th September 1942 as a naval airman. Final runway lengths and orientation in 1942 were: 3,000 (18-36), 4,290 (24-06) and 3,300 (11-29). Initially, two bodies were found near the aircraft. His initial posting was to HMS Royal Arthur, Skegness, where he underwent his initial training as a telegraphist which was completed on 16th October 1942 when he was transferred to St Vincent, Gosport, where he undertook further training. Heemkunde association Sevenum NL Book: Mayday Mayday Mayday from Hub Groeneveld), Crew of the Armstrong Whitworth Whitley MkV Serial Number Z6470 Squadron code EY-G of 78 Squadron are all buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, AM. [1] Concurrently the training establishment formerly at Lympne was moved to Clayton Hall, Newcastle-under-Lyme as a base to train artificers but also retained the name Daedalus II. As the airfield in Kent was being transferred back to the RAF an air-sea rescue seaplane base and aircrew training centre was established at the Royal Motor Yacht Club at Sandbanks in Dorset[1] and this base was formally commissioned as HMS Daedalus II on 15 May 1940. © Copyright of content contributed to this Archive rests with the author. This site uses cookies. Daedalus. This was the first of three major incidents that John was involved in during the war. 942752 RAF Volunteer Reserve Age 20. If you can provide any additional information, please add it here. She was sold in 1911. Royal Air Force HMS Daedalus (d.27th Mar 1941). 742274, RAF [1] This station was also known as RNAS Sandbanks. If you have a general question please post it on our Facebook page. The aircraft came down in De Peel between Sevenum and Helenaveen. I have copies of the certificate of service S-459. I joined the Navy in Dec 1942 and after training I ws posted via Portsmouth to a Fleet AirArm station HMS Daedalus at Lee on Solent where I joined the staff at the Admiral's office. At exactly 7.29pm aircraft Z6470, code EY-G took of from RAF Dishforth. TELEGRAPHIST Served from 1942 - 1946 Served in HMS Daedalus. The name applied to four different locations with the United Kingdom at various times during the Second World War. John Charles Leonard Poe 774 Squadron Fleet Air Arm. For more information please see our page on, Pilot Officer Kenneth Frank Seager, Reg.nr. He is buried in Ramleh War Cemetery. The Wartime Memories Project will give them a good home and ensure that they are used for educational purposes. The name applied to four different locations with the United Kingdom at various times during the Second World War. Find out how you can use this. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not I have his original Air Gunners Flying Log Book. [2] 764 & 765 Naval Air Squadrons (NAS) were based there with their Supermarine Walrus, Fairey Swordfish and Fairey Seafox aircraft. He told me that he was transferred to Sea Otters and was to travel to the far east to assist in the war against Japan but by the time they reached Greece the war had ended. The popularity of the site means that it is far exceeding available resources. The establishment was formed to free up space at RNAS Lee-on-Solent (HMS Daedalus). It was renamed as HMS Daedalus II in January 1940 but the airfield was transferred back to the RAF in May 1940. Library contains an ever growing number diary entries, personal letters and other documents, transcribed into plain text. One entry is worthy of note. The Whitley was soon captured in light beams of German searchlights. Our John Achilles Daunt HMS Royal Arthur Fleet Air Arm. To coincide with the construction of the runways in 1942, a new Admiralty designed control tower was built to replace the Watch Office lost in the air attack mentioned below. Later three members of the crew were buried next to each other in Venlo. He spoke of travelling on the MAC's across the Atlantic to Canada and Moncton in Canada is mentioned in his log. Most of the content on this site is created by our users, who are members of the I think this was still training in anti-submarine bombing and it was here that he became a crew member for S/Lt Gouldesbury. [2], By Christmas 1943, Clayton Hall was the only remaining site of HMS Daedalus II and continued to train aircraft artificers throughout the war until January 1946 when HMS Daedalus II was decommissioned. [1][2], Sandbanks was also reduced to care and maintenance status in October 1943 and 765 NAS was also disbanded. If you have already submitted a story to the site and your UID reference number is higher than 254107 your information is still in the queue, please do not resubmit without contacting us first. The plane made its last dive. As well as this, US Navy Squadron VCS-7 used the airfield as the base for their Spitfires. Sub-Lt (d.27th Mar 1941). The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites S/Lt Gouldesbury was his pilot until 1st May 1945 when John was transferred to 1702 Squadron at Lee-on Solent.

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