Assistance in Photographing Headstones of RAAF Deaths in WW2

Discussion in 'Memorials & Cemeteries' started by spidge, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    I have attached the list of countries where RAAF personal are buried. If you can assist or know of someone who would be prepared to assist, please let me know.

    Unlike many of the sites available for headstone photographs, these photos will eventually be available through a website free of charge.

    Details of burials in any of the 65 countries can be posted on request if you feel you know someone who presently lives in that country or is planning a visit.

    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    View attachment 1

    View attachment 2

    Click the image again after opening if they are not clear.
  2. Kitty

    Kitty New Member

    Spidge, i have the grave photos for Byley/Cranage in cheshire if you still need them
  3. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    Thanks Kitty.

    I already have the two at Byley.
  4. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

    Geoff, I spoke to Mark Lax (RAAF G/C I think) last night. He's the author of Alamein to the Alps, the history of 454 Sqn RAAF. Bloody nice bloke. He said he had just come back from Singapore and can provide 300-400 photos for your project. Am about to send him an email so will cc you on it so he can get in touch with you.
  5. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    What a guy!

    I can forward him a disc and stamps to cover the postage.

    Please let me know the details.


  6. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    I just had these colour photographs's sent to me by a WW2 POW who escaped from an Italian camp to Switzerland.

    These are from Udine in Italy. The scans came out marvellous.

    Their squadrons according to the Roll of Honour "Posting at Death" The latter two deaths occurred on the same day 21/2/1945

    ..450sq RAAF...614sq RAF...3sq RAAF
    View attachment 94 View attachment 95 View attachment 96

  7. Kitty

    Kitty New Member

    Spidge, i think i am heading towards Macclesfield, Alderley Edge and Knutsford cemeteries soon. I'll get what i can for you.
  8. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    Thanks Kitty.

    Do you need a list?
  9. Adrian Roberts

    Adrian Roberts Active Member

    If they know of any in South East London, especially the Boroughs of Bromley (where I live) or Greenwich (where I work) I can try to help.
  10. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    Hi Adrian,

    The only one anywhere near you is in Hammershith Old Cemetery. He was only 20 years old and was a schoolteacher.

    He had two cousins "believed killed". One in 76 squadron RAF Service Number 84304 and possibly British as he does not show on my list and another a stoker on HMAS Sydney.

    Cubitt, Lewin Stevens

    RankSergeant [Sgt]
    Service Number408973
    Unit222 Sqn RAFServiceRAAF
    Date of Death8 January 1943
    Place of DeathScotland Ayrshire
    Cause of DeathAccidental
  11. spidge

    spidge Active Member


    The only one of those three which includes RAAF is one at Alderley Edge.

    This is what still remains in Cheshire.

  12. Kitty

    Kitty New Member

    I'm doing Alderley for sniper, and a that is part of it I'll add it in. i really must get them all sorted out for you and send them.

    No idea where Hooton is and I refuse to go near merseyside.
  13. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    Mark did get back to me however I have not heard from him since. Is it okay for me to make contact again to see if he has forgotten. Don't want to "rock" your boat.
  14. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    Having said that, Sniper and his lovely wife photographed and sent me the 1,471 RAAF boys listed on the Runnymede Memorial and I am yet to catalogue those.

    Piece of cake you say!
  15. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

    Go for it, mate. Haven't spoken to him myself for a bit.
  16. CTNana

    CTNana Active Member


    Hi Spidge
    Is that Hammersmith in West London? If so I can probably pick that one up. Don't know how I missed it from your previous excel sheets. We will certainly do the North Devon ones over the Christmas break (weather permitting - it was raining so hard last time we were there, the photos were rubbish!!), and if we fancy a wander may even take in some of the rest of Devon over the holiday period.

    Talk about Pavlov's dog - my husband automatically stops now when we reach a churchyard or cemetery!!!
  17. Kitty

    Kitty New Member

    My mum is now known to take detours of approximately 30 miles in order to check out any minor churchyard now just to see what war raves are available and if there is a war memorial. its all Geoff and sniper's fault.
  18. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    Hi CTNana,

    Yes that is the one:
    CWGC :: Cemetery Photos

    Unsure whether there is a headstone as well as the memorial. Hope you have some good travels.
  19. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

    Yes, their tentacles spread far and wide! :becky::Booty:
  20. Kitty

    Kitty New Member

    You mean one of our Mods is actually Cthulu in disguise?

Share This Page