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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 11:06 pm    Post subject: Skitten Airfield, Caithness (Operation Freshman) Reply with quote

Memorial: 60th Anniversary of Operation Freshman (commenced 19th November 1942)
Location: Roadside by former Skitten Airfield (B876, about 1.5 miles NW of Reiss)
Grid Ref: ND320563
WMR: 5932
Count: WWII=42









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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the transcriptions:

= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

Lt. A. C. Allen, R.E.
Spr. E. W. Bailey, R.E.
Dvr. J. T. V. Belfield, R.E.
Spr. H. Bevan, R.E.
Spr. J. F. Blackburn, R.E.
Spr. F. Bonner, R.E.
L/Cpl. F. W. Brae, R.E.
Flt.Sgt. A. Buckton, R.A.F.V.R.
Cpl. J D. Cairncross, R.E.
L/Cpl. Campbell, R.E.
PO. N. A. Davies, R.A.A.F.
Sgt. P. Doig, G.P.R.
Flt.Sgt. G. M. Edwards, R.A.F.V.R.
Sgt. J. Falconer, R.A.F.
Dvr. P. P. Farrel, R.E.
Spr. T. W. Faulkner, R.E.
PO. H. J. Fraser, R.A.A.F.
PO. G. W. S. De Gency, R.A.F.
Spr. C. H. Grundy, R.E.
FO. A. T. H. Haward, R.A.F.V.R.
L/Sgt. F. Healey, R.E.

Sgt. J. G. V. Hunter, R.E.
L/Cpl. W. M. Jackson, R.E.
Spr. W. Jaques, R.E.
L/Sgt. G. Knowles, R.E.
Spr. H. Legate, R.E.
L/Cpl. T. L. Masters, R.E.
Lt. D. A. Methven, R.E.
Spr. R. Norman, R.E.
Flt/Lt. A. R. Parkinson, R.C.A.F.
Dvr. E. Pendlebury, R.E.
Dvr. G. Simkins, R.E.
Spr. L. Smallman, R.E.
Spr. E. J. Smith, R.E.
Spr. J. M. Stephen, R.E.
S/Sgt. M. F. Strathdee, G.P.R.
Cpl. J. G. L. Thomas, R.E.
Flt/Lt. E. A. Thomas, R.A.F.V.R.
Spr. J. W. Walsh, R.E.
Spr. T. W. White, R.E.
Spr. G. S. Williams, R.E.
Sqn/Ldr. A. B. Wilkinson, R.A.F.V.R.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are seven of them (from the RAFVR, RAF and RCAF) buried at Helleland Churchyard, Norway. They all died on 20/11/1942.

Name: BUCKTON, ALBERT
Initials: A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Flight Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Age: 23
Date of Death: 20/11/1942
Service No: 751516
Additional information: Son of Charles Gregory and Elizabeth Buckton, of West Hartlepool, Co. Durham.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 2.
Cemetery: HELLELAND CHURCHYARD

Name: EDWARDS, GEORGE MERCIER
Initials: G M
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Flight Sergeant (Air Gnr.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Age: 24
Date of Death: 20/11/1942
Service No: 1259259
Additional information: Son of George Henry and Sidona Edwards.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 3.
Cemetery: HELLELAND CHURCHYARD

Name: FALCONER, JAMES
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sergeant (Flt. Engr.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
Age: 20
Date of Death: 20/11/1942
Service No: 573120
Additional information: Son of Edward Smith and Jessie Falconer, of Edzell, Angus.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 5.
Cemetery: HELLELAND CHURCHYARD

Name: HAWARD, ARNOLD THOMAS HAYWARD
Initials: A T H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Flying Officer (Obs.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Age: 28
Date of Death: 20/11/1942
Service No: 115977
Additional information: Son of Henry Horace and Lilian Mary Haward, of Cuddington, Cheshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 1.
Cemetery: HELLELAND CHURCHYARD

Name: PARKINSON, ARTHUR ROLAND
Initials: A R
Nationality: Canadian
Rank: Flight Lieutenant (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
Age: 26
Date of Death: 20/11/1942
Service No: J/5470
Additional information: Son of Arthur H. and Ethel Parkinson, of Lachine, Province of Quebec, Canada. B.Sc. (McGill University, Montreal).
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 4.
Cemetery: HELLELAND CHURCHYARD

Name: SEWELL DE GENCY, GERARD WALTER
Initials: G W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Pilot Officer (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Age: 20
Date of Death: 20/11/1942
Service No: 116942
Additional information: Son of Rene Arnold and Suzanne Celine Lucie Sewell, of Bushey, Hertfordshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 7.
Cemetery: HELLELAND CHURCHYARD

Name: THOMAS, ARTHUR EDWIN
Initials: A E
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Flight Lieutenant (Obs.)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Age: 32
Date of Death: 20/11/1942
Service No: 101580
Additional information: Son of Edwin and Ethel Florence Maria Thomas; husband of Joan Cicely Thomas, of Bexhill, Sussex.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 6.
Cemetery: HELLELAND CHURCHYARD

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is the group of 25 buried at Stavanger (Eiganes) Churchyard, Norway. They all died on 19/11/1942 or 20/11/1942.

Name: ALLEN, ALEX CHARLES
Initials: A C
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 261 (Airbourne) Field Park Coy.
Age: 24
Date of Death: between 19/11/1942 and 20/11/1942
Service No: 137173
Additional information: Son of Horace Charles and Edna Allen, of Hugglescote, Coalville, Leicestershire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 13.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

Name: BAILEY, ERNEST WILLIAM
Initials: E W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sapper
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 9 (Airborne) Field Coy.
Age: 31
Date of Death: between 19/11/1942 and 20/11/1942
Service No: 1869293
Additional information: Son of Walter and May Bailey; stepson of Mrs. L. E. Bailey, of Paulsgrove, Hampshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 17.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

Name: BELFIELD, JOHN THOMAS VERNON
Initials: J T V
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Driver
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 261 (Airborne) Field Park Coy.
Age: 26
Date of Death: between 19/11/1942 and 20/11/1942
Service No: 2016305
Additional information: Son of Thomas Henry and Eliza Belfield, of Longnor, Staffordshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 5.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

Name: BEVAN, HOWELL
Initials: H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sapper
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 9 (Airborne) Field Coy.
Age: 22
Date of Death: between 19/11/1942 and 20/11/1942
Service No: 2074196
Additional information: Son of Lewis and Elizabeth Bevan; husband of Violet Irene Bevan, of Bermondsey, London.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 4.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

Name: BRAY, FREDERICK WILLIAM
Initials: F W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 261 (Airborne) Field Park Coy.
Age: 29
Date of Death: between 19/11/1942 and 20/11/1942
Service No: 1884418
Additional information: Son of George and Alice Bray; husband of Lily Beatrice Bray, of Edenbridge, Kent.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 3.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

Name: CAMPBELL, ALEXANDER
Initials: A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 261 (Airborne) Field Park Coy.
Age: 24
Date of Death: between 19/11/1942 and 20/11/1942
Service No: 1923037
Additional information: Son of Alexander and Catherine E. Campbell, of Grangemouth, Stirlingshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 2.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

Name: DAVIES, NORMAN ARTHUR
Initials: N A
Nationality: Australian
Rank: Pilot Officer
Regiment/Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Age: 28
Date of Death: 20/11/1942
Service No: 401422
Additional information: Son of Herbert Arthur and Hannah Sophie Davies, of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 9.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

Name: DOIG, PETER
Initials: P
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Serjeant
Regiment/Service: Glider Pilot Regiment, A.A.C.
Unit Text: 1st Glider Pilot Regt.
Age: 25
Date of Death: between 19/11/1942 and 20/11/1942
Service No: 3250420
Additional information: Son of Alexander and Jean Lindsay C. Doig, of Glasgow.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 12.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

Name: FAULKNER, THOMAS WILLIAM
Initials: T W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sapper
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 9 (Airborne) Field Coy.
Age: 22
Date of Death: between 19/11/1942 and 20/11/1942
Service No: 2115238
Additional information: Son of Charles Henry and Florence Faulkner, of Hereford.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 1.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

Name: FRASER, HERBERT JOHN
Initials: H J
Nationality: Australian
Rank: Pilot Officer
Regiment/Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Age: 28
Date of Death: 20/11/1942
Service No: 401601
Additional information: Son of Herbert John and Ida Marion Fraser; husband of Elva Avery Fraser, of Bendigo, Victoria, Australia.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 10.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

Name: GRUNDY, CHARLES HENRY
Initials: C H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sapper
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 9 (Airborne) Field Coy.
Age: 22
Date of Death: between 19/11/1942 and 20/11/1942
Service No: 1886725
Additional information: Son of Harold and Agnes Grundy, of Salford, Lancashire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 18.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

Name: HEALEY, FREDERICK
Initials: F
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lance Serjeant
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 9 (Airborne) Field Coy.
Age: 29
Date of Death: between 19/11/1942 and 20/11/1942
Service No: 4385760
Additional information: Son of Frederick and Rhoda Alice Healey; husband of Thurza Healey, of Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 22.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

Name: HUNTER, JOHN GLEN VERNON
Initials: J G V
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sapper
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 9 (Airborne) Field Coy.
Age: 22
Date of Death: between 19/11/1942 and 20/11/1942
Service No: 2110332
Additional information: Son of John G. V. and Margaret Hunter, of Lennoxtown, Stirlingshire; stepson of Janet Hunter, of Lennoxtown.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 23.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

Name: JACQUES, WILLIAM
Initials: W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sapper
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 261 (Airborne) Field Park Coy.
Age: 30
Date of Death: between 19/11/1942 and 20/11/1942
Service No: 2114930
Additional information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Jacques; husband of Elizabeth Jacques, of Arnold, Nottinghamshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 24.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

Name: KNOWLES, GEORGE
Initials: G
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lance Serjeant
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 9 (Airborne) Field Coy.
Age: 28
Date of Death: between 19/11/1942 and 20/11/1942
Service No: 1871585
Additional information: Husband of Lilian May Knowles, of Bromley, Kent.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 14.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

Name: LEGATE, HERBERT J.
Initials: H J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sapper
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 9 (Airborne) Field Coy.
Date of Death: between 19/11/1942 and 20/11/1942
Service No: 1922713
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 19.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

Name: METHVEN, DAVID ALEXANDER
Initials: D A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 9 (Airborne) Field Coy;
Age: 20
Date of Death: 20/11/1942
Service No: 210866
Awards: G M
Additional information: Son of Maj. and Mrs. D. M. Methven.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 21.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

Name: NORMAN, ROBERT
Initials: R
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sapper
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 9 (Airborne) Field Coy.
Age: 22
Date of Death: between 19/11/1942 and 20/11/1942
Service No: 2110268
Additional information: Son of Robert and Annie A. Norman, of Brechin, Angus.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 25.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

Name: PENDLEBURY, ERNEST
Initials: E
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Driver
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 261 (Airborne) Field Park Coy.
Age: 25
Date of Death: between 19/11/1942 and 20/11/1942
Service No: 2000197
Additional information: Son of William and Polly Pendlebury; husband of Marjorie Pendlebury, of Batley, Yorkshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 7.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

Name: SIMKINS, GEORGE
Initials: G
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Driver
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 261 (Airborne) Field Park Coy.
Age: 30
Date of Death: between 19/11/1942 and 20/11/1942
Service No: 1884423
Additional information: Son of George and Alice Simkins; husband of Bessie Simkins, of Romford, Essex.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 26.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

Name: SMALLMAN, LESLIE
Initials: L
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sapper
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 261 (Airborne) Field Park Coy.
Date of Death: between 19/11/1942 and 20/11/1942
Service No: 2068169
Additional information: Son of Thomas and Ellen Smallman, of Hednesford, Staffordshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 6.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

Name: STEPHEN, JAMES MAY
Initials: J M
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sapper
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 261 (Airborne) Field Park Coy.
Date of Death: between 19/11/1942 and 20/11/1942
Service No: 2010697
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 8.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

Name: STRATHDEE, MALCOLM FREDERICK
Initials: M F
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Staff Serjeant
Regiment/Service: Glider Pilot Regiment, A.A.C.
Unit Text: 1st Glider Pilot Regt.
Date of Death: between 19/11/1942 and 20/11/1942
Service No: 320272
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 11.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

Name: THOMAS, JOHN GEORGE LLEWELLYN
Initials: J G L
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Corporal
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 261 (Airborne) Field Park Coy.
Age: 23
Date of Death: between 19/11/1942 and 20/11/1942
Service No: 2076750
Additional information: Son of Stephen and Maud Elizabeth Thomas, of Bath, Somerset.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 15.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

Name: WILLIAMS, GERALD STANLEY
Initials: G S
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sapper
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 9 (Airborne) Field Coy.
Age: 18
Date of Death: between 19/11/1942 and 20/11/1942
Service No: 1948916
Additional information: Son of David Humphrey and Olive Williams, of Doncaster, Yorkshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Z. 16.
Cemetery: STAVANGER (EIGANES) CHURCHYARD

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More details on the survivors of the crashes who were later executed by the Gestapo can be found on this website:

http://www.stephen-stratford.co.uk/freshman.htm

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few of these men are Scots and one and is listed on the Lochgoilhead War Memorial

Lieutenant David Methven, George Medal.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The following men are listed on other Scottish War memorials

Lance Corporal Alexander Campbell is listed on the Grangemouth War Memorial

Sergeant James Falconer is listed on the Edzell War Memorial

Sapper John Hunter is listed on the Lennoxtown War Memorial

Sapper Robert Norman is listed on the Brechin War Memorial
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And

Corporal James D. Cairncross, R.E. is also commemorated on the West Port Church Memorial Rosebowl, Hawick

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:05 am    Post subject: Corrected UNIWM/WMR Number Reply with quote

The correct WMR report number is 5932
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adam Brown wrote:
More details on the survivors of the crashes who were later executed by the Gestapo can be found on this website:

http://www.stephen-stratford.co.uk/freshman.htm

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A summary of Operation Freshman together with links to more detailed information is at:
https://paradata.org.uk/events/norway-operation-freshman
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adam Brown wrote:
A few of these men are Scots and one and is listed on the Lochgoilhead War Memorial

Lieutenant David Methven, George Medal.

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London Gazette 10 July 1942 p.3039

CENTRAL CHANCERY OF THE ORDERS OF KNIGHTHOOD. . St. James's Palace, S.W.I, loth July, 1942. The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the George Medal in. recognition of conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner, to: No. 2090980. Sapper (acting Lance-Corporal) Terry George Hicks, Corps of Royal Engineers (Canton, Cardiff). Second-Lieutenant David Alexander Methven (210866), Corps of Royal Engineers (Fortingal, Perthshire).
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