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September 9 2015 at 5:42 PM
Tracy  (Login ajax2011)
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This is an info and photo(s) plea regarding my Great Uncle Sgt Alfred Rostron 1499353 who in WW2 had involvement in the listed aircraft.I do not know exact date of his enlisting with RAF(VR)and would like to fill the gap of enlisting to 27th July 1943

HR930 27th July 1943 Snaith to Hamburg he was 2nd Pilot (attached from 1652 HCU) would like a bit more detail and photo's if possible.

Posted to 10 Squadron from 1658 CU 31st August 1943 no other details
Night Exercise 18th Sept 1943 no other details

JB910 ZA-J 22nd Sept to Hanover would like a bit more detail and photo's if possible

JD202 ZA-Z 23rd Sept to Mannheim would like a bit more detail and photo's if possible

JD272 ZA-F 27th Sept to Hanover would love photo's of both crew and aircraft as this was his last flight,Shot down over Wippingen in the early hours.
Fast approaching their anniversary and would like to put faces to names.
There are a few gaps that i am hoping to fill in with as much help as possible.
Its a big ask i know but any help is greatfully appreciated.

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(Login LV907)

Halifax JD272 (Code ZA-F)

September 9 2015, 7:07 PM 

Hi Tracey

Only information I have is below, but I am sure there is a book about the history of 10 Squadron during the war but can't remember the name.
Maybe worth contacting the Archive Department at Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington near York, when I was a volunteer, Mark worked in that department, but that's 4 years ago.

Halifax II - JD272 (ZA-F)

Took off from Melbourne (near York, very close to Elvington) at 1917 on operations to Hanover. All the crew lost and buried in the Reichwald Forest War Cemetery, their average age was 20!!

The raid on the evening 27/28th September 1943 suffered heavy losses, totalling 46 aircraft.

The crew of JD272 were:

Sgt A. Rostron
Sgt T.H.Greest
Sgt W.A.Brown
Sgt E.J.E.Jarman
Sgt J.G.Cavie
Sgt A.R.J.Parsons
Sgt F.G.Chilcott

Hope this helps, sorry I can't send you any photographs.



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(Login ajax2011)

Halifax JD272 (ZA-F) and crew

September 11 2015, 7:51 PM 

Hi Tony

Thanks for your reply its something i may have to do,I've spent months trying to locate more information but there's just not that much out there sad.gif just names,base,aircraft,etc.Although my husband did find a small reference(2 lines) to Alfred in a book named The Foot of our Stairs

And not to worry re:photo's i'm sure out there somewhere there is picture documentation of them,i value any help and thank you for posting its appreciated.

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Carl Palmer
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My Great Uncle was on the same plane as yours

December 8 2015, 3:37 PM 


JD272 ZA-F was the final flight for my great uncle as well. He was 19.

I have about 30 pages about everything to do with the plane and crash. I also have all the information about the plan crash site, who shot the plane down etc etc. Where they are buried etc.

My Uncle was A. Parsons. Your uncles Mid Upper Gunner. My Father has been to the crash site of the bomber as well.

Not sure where to start? I have allowed you to contact me direct by email if that is better.


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Danny crossman
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Halifax ZA-F

August 6 2016, 12:50 AM 


How did you get the other details such as crash reports?

Can you share the documents you have?

My uncle crashed in a Halifax with 10 Sqn

Many thanks


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(Login DerekJD200)

More info

August 25 2016, 6:00 PM 

The books Melbourne Ten by Brian Rapier and Gordons Tour with Shiny 10 by J Gordon Shirt may help. Melbourne Ten is unobtainable but York Library have a copy you can borrow through your local library. For interest, my Dad flew in JD202 a couple of times in July 43. Best of luck.

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(Login DerekJD200)

Yet more info

August 25 2016, 6:28 PM 

Hi Tracey,

The 27 July Op to Hamburg was with 51 Sqn operating out of Snaith. is a good site and the historians are very helpful. On the site do a search for surname - you will find it is spelled Sgt A Rostom

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