Sunday, September 23, 2012

Remains of a Lancaster crew discovered in Germany

This might be of interest to the readers of this blog. 
Click here for more information.   [I have added a photo of Sgt Raymond Rooney on behalf of Cookie, Peter]

14 Comments:

Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Thanks for posting this, Catherine.

According to the newspaper article the remains of Sgt Cope and Pilot Officer Bruce Watt were found during the war and interred by the German military. Yet their final resting place could not be found after the war. They are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, as the other five aircrew have been up to the discovery.

Below are the CWGC citations for Sgt. Cope and P/O Watt.

1. Sergeant Ronald Cope

Name: COPE, RONALD
Rank: Sergeant
Service No: 1086776
Date of Death: 17/04/1943
Age: 23
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 49 Sqdn.
Panel Reference: Panel 146.
Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
Son of Thomas and Mary Cope, of Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire;
Husband of Rebecca Cope, of Newark-on-Trent.
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2. Pilot Officer Bruce Watt

Name: WATT, BRUCE EMMOTT
Rank: Pilot Officer
Service No: J/90946
Date of Death: 17/04/1943
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force, 49 Sqdn.
Panel Reference: Panel 178.
Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
Son of Haney and Abbie Watt, of South River, Ontario, Canada.
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Below are the CWGC citations for the five previously missing airmen (before re-interment):

1. Flying Officer Alex Bone

Name; BONE, ALEXANDER VICTOR
Rank: Flying Officer
Service No: 48898
Date of Death: 17/04/1943
Age: 31
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force, 49 Sqdn.
Panel Reference: Panel 123.
Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
Son of John Henry and Harriet Bone, of Horsham, Sussex.
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2. Flying Officer Norman Foster

Name: FOSTER, RAYMOND NORMAN PERCY
Rank: Sergeant
Service No: 545719
Date of Death: 17/04/1943
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force, 49 Sqdn.
Panel Reference: Panel 149.
Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
Next of kin details not listed
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3. Navigator Cyril Yelland

Name: YELLAND, CYRIL WILLIAM
Rank: Sergeant
Service No: 1578189
Date of Death: 17/04/1943
Age: 23
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 49 Sqdn.
Panel Reference: Panel 170.
Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
Son of Herbert F. and Ruth Yelland, of Pentwyn, Monmouthshire.
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4. Wireless Operator Raymond White

Name: WHITE, RAYMOND CHARLES
Rank: Sergeant
Service No: 1314559
Date of Death: 17/04/1943
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 49 Sqdn.
Panel Reference: Panel 169.
Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
Next of kin details not listed
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5. Bomb Aimer Raymond Rooney

Name: ROONEY, RAYMOND JOSEPH
Rank: Sergeant
Service No: 1238955
Date of Death: 17/04/1943
Age: 19
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 49 Sqdn.
Panel Reference: Panel 163.
Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
Son of Henry and Gladys Rosaline Rooney, of Edgbaston, Birmingham.
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Sunday, 23 September, 2012  
Blogger cookie said...

This Sergeant Raymond Rooney, was my father's youngest brother. No-one ever knew where he was shot down. This has verified the stories I was told as a child. Thank you.
K Cook

Thursday, 04 October, 2012  
Blogger cookie said...

This Sergeant Raymond Rooney, was my father's youngest brother. No-one ever knew where he was shot down. This has verified the stories I was told as a child. Thank you.
K Cook

Thursday, 04 October, 2012  
Blogger cookie said...

This Sergeant Raymond Rooney, was my father's youngest brother. No-one ever knew where he was shot down. This has verified the stories I was told as a child. Thank you.
K Cook

Thursday, 04 October, 2012  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

You're welcome. Cookie.

Your uncle was the only one of the crew of 7 that the 'Telegraph' did not publish a photograph. If you have a photograph of him, and if your family were agreeable, you could post his photograph to this website if you liked.

Thursday, 04 October, 2012  
Blogger cookie said...

Thank you. Will try. I have left my telephone details on the historian Uwe Benkel's answerphone and have forwarded Raymond's photograph to both the Telegraph and Bournemouth News (just in case I fail to add it here)!

Friday, 05 October, 2012  
Blogger cookie said...

Thank you.

Sorry, I cant find any way to upload a photograph on here, but have left my telephone details on historian Uwe Benkel's answerphone and have forwarded Raymond's photograph to both the Telegraph and Bournemouth News
Cookie

Friday, 05 October, 2012  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Thanks anyway, Cookie.

Let us hope the newspapers will print your uncle's photograph and will always be remembered alongside his crewmates.

Friday, 05 October, 2012  
Blogger Peter G said...

Cookie,

You will find help on how to post pictures in the FAQ top right, just click on the link 'WW2 Blog FAQ'.

However, on all Google blogs you have to be a Member to post pictures. You are more than welcome to join us; should you wish to do so just click on the link 'Blog Rules and Guidance' directly under the FAQ link. I look forward to hearing from you.

Peter

Friday, 05 October, 2012  
Blogger Peter G said...

I have added Cookie's photo of her uncle Raymond.

Saturday, 06 October, 2012  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Thanks very much, Cookie and Peter G. It is a very touching and poignant photograph of Sgt. Raymond Rooney.

Sgt Raymond Joseph Rooney, R.I.P.

"On the wings of an eagle,
I'm flying again".
(From the John Denver song)

Saturday, 06 October, 2012  
Blogger cookie said...

Lovely
Thank you

Sunday, 07 October, 2012  
OpenID lizsnedker said...

Hi Cookie,
Very pleased that you have made yourself known. My mother's father Sgt RNP Foster (Norman) was also a crew member on ED427. My mother is now 72. My father has been trying to find relatives of Raymond Rooney for some months, using geneological sources, to try and help Uwe. Whilst he established a family tree, he couldn't find current locations for relatives of Sgt Rooney. Sadly, my mother only has photographs of six of the airmen and therefore unable to provide a picture of your Uncle, Sergeant Rooney to the press.
We now believe that relatives of 6 of the 7 crew relatives have been found, the omission being Bruce Watt at present. I see that you have contacted Uwe Benkel so no doubt you will have been directed to the information available from 2010 to date. I believe you may still be in the Midlands as are my parents, if you would wish to make contact with them.

Sunday, 21 October, 2012  
Blogger cookie said...

Thank you Lizsnedker.

Yes I am still in the Midlands, I and my sisters are sadly the only ones of Raymond's family to remember him (and that only from stories passed down). As the female line change names on marriage it is impossible to trace someone as young as Raymond.

As I told Mr Benkel in a recent communication, his entire family (7), apart from two brothers who emigrated and with whom I have lost touch, were wiped out by the war or illness. So sad for their mother who had raised them despite her husband being in a wheelchair due to his injuries sustained in the First war.

A tragic family, but a familiar story sadly

Monday, 22 October, 2012  

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