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    Can anyone tell me which names are inscribed on the BBA Berlin Airlift Memorial in the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire?

    Presume as per the attached;


      Actually no - their names are of Americans only. The British one has the RAF, Army and civil air charter names on.


        Operation Plainfare':


        Royal Air Force casualties

        York MW288 19 September 1948
        Crashed at Wunstorf after engine failure following night take-off. All crew killed


        Pilot - 175967 F/L Hugh Wallace Thomson
        Co-Pilot - 166759 F/L Geoffrey Kell
        Nav II - 1604758 Lawrence Edward Hope Gilbert
        Signaller - 1577861 - Sig II Sidney Mark Lewis Towersey
        Flight Engineer II - 1881703 Eng II Ernest William Watson

        Dakota KP223 17th November 1948
        The Dakota C.4 was on a Blind Approach Beam System (BABS) approach during the Berlin Airlift when it crashed in the Soviet zone and caught fire.

        Passenger - 2221594 Sgt Frank Dowling
        Navigator - 3001781 Sign II Philip Arthur Lough
        Pilot - 1316810 Pilot 1 Francis Ivor Trezona
        Co-Pilot - 55636 Flt Lt John Graham Wilkins

        Dakoka KN491 24th Jan 1949
        The Dakota crashed into a forest in East Germany while approaching Lbeck at night.
        With a crew of three and nineteen civilian passengers and was making a radio compass letdown at night and in poor weather.

        Signaller - 1375129 Sig II John Ernest Grout

        also killed were 7 German civilian passengers.

        Gudrun Giessler (from Bonn)
        Ursula Grasshof (from Bielefeld)
        Irmgard and Emanuel Kelch (from Berlin)
        Johann Lercher
        Gerti and Silvia Zimmermann (from Berlin - Dahlem)

        Dakota KJ970 22 March 1949
        It was returning to Lbeck at night when it flew into the ground during a Blind Approach Beam System (BABS) approach.

        Signaller - 552860 M Sig Alan Penny AFC
        Pilot (RAAF) - A412688 Flt Lt Mel Joseph Quinn
        Nav (SAAF) - 59342 F/O Kenneth Arthur Reeves

        Hastings TG611 16 July 1949
        The Hastings lost control and dived into the ground due to incorrect tail trim.

        Pilot - 59756 F/O Ian Ronald Donaldson,
        Signaller - 1826137 Sig II Alexander Dunsire
        Engineer - 3030958 Engr II Roy Reginald Gibbs
        Navigator - 1324598 Nav 1 William George Page
        Co-Pilot - 7597167 Sgt Joseph Toal Army Gilder Pilot

        Belin Airlift mmemorial list another British miltary member as a airfield fatality near hamburg
        on 3rd June 1949. However, no detail on his death exists

        Sig 22031264 Raymond Marks 3rd June 1949

        British Civilian Fatalities

        Flight Refuelling Ltd. Lancastrian G-AHJW 23 November 1948
        Took off from RAF Wunsdorf at 14:56 for a flight to Tarrant Rushton to undergo a periodic maintenance inspection.
        The airplane strayed about 24 miles off course while homing in on an incorrect beacon. It struck trees on a hill, crashed and caught fire.

        Cyril Taylor aged 34 (Pilot) ex ? Cyril TAYLOR, A.F.M. (182540) 745184
        William Cusack aged 25 (Pilot)
        Michael Edwin Casey aged 24 (Nav Off)
        Alan John Burton aged 28 (Nav Off) Probably 163576
        Dornford Winstan Robertson 26 (Radio Officer) - From RNZAF ex NZ40557
        Reginald Merrick Watson Heath (DFC) (Captain)
        Kenneth Arthur Seabourne (DFM) (Flight Engineer)
        and the sole survivor - Paul Stanley Vincent

        Airlift, Ltd 8th Dec 1948
        Ground Accident - Pilot killed on the tarmac by a lorry

        Capt Clement Wilbur Utting

        Lancashire Aircraft Corp 15th Jan 1949, Handley page Hastings TG521
        Ground Accident - Hastings collied with a service vehicle of the civilian comapny
        Patrick James Griffin (Ground Engr)
        Edward O'Neil, (Ground Engr)
        Theodor Supernatt (Ground Engr)

        Also killed Richard Karl Otto Nuemann, (German Employee)

        Skyways, Avro York, G-AHFI
        Lost control while approaching Gatow; the port wing dropped and the aircraft dived into the ground.

        Capt Cecil Golding (Pilot)
        First Officer Henry Thomas Newman (Co-Pilot)
        Radio Officer Peter James Edwards

        Lancashire Aircraft Corporation Ltd, Handley Page Halton, G-AJZZ

        Capt. Robert John Freight
        Nav. Off James Patrick LLEwin Sharp

        21st March 1949:
        Lancashire Aircraft Corporation Ltd. (civil charter) Handley Page Halifax, registration G-AJZZ
        Flew into high ground near RAF Schleswigland, Jagel, Schleswig-Holstein, West Germany

        Capt. Robert John Freight
        Nav. off. James Patrick Lewin Sharp
        Eng. off. Henry Patterson

        Radio Officer Hamilton Survived

        30th April 1949
        World Air Freight, Halton G-AKAC Ex-RAF PP267
        Crashed at Nauen, near Oranienburg, Havelland district, Brandenburg, approximately 32 km North West of Berlin-Tegel,

        Capt. William Richard Donald Lewis
        Nav. Off. Edward Ernest Caroll
        Eng. Off. John Anderson
        Rad. Off. Kenneth George Wood

        The Bridge of Wings - Page 110
        Joyce Hargrave-Wright - 2016

        Appendix 3: Names of those who lost their lives

        - With Corrections anbd my Updates

        This list records the names of the 39 British and Commonweath men,
        who lost their lives in the air and on the ground, whilst taking part
        in the Berlin Airlift Operation, from June 28th, 1948 until
        September 30th, 1949 and thus ensure the survival of the city

        Anderson, John 30th April 1949
        Burton, Alan John 22nd November, 1948/23rd November, 1948
        Carroll, Edward Ernest 30th April,1949
        Casey, Michael Edwin 22nd November, 1948/23rd November, 1948
        Cusack, William 22nd November, 1948, 1948/23rd November, 1948
        Donaldson, Ian Ronald 16th July, 1949
        Dowling, Frank 17th November, 1948
        Dunsire, Alexander 16th July, 1949
        Edwards, Peter James 15th March, 1949
        Freight, Robert John 21st March, 1949
        Gibbs, Roy Reginald 16th July, 1949
        Gilbert, Lawrence Edward Hope 19th September,1948
        Golding, Cecil 15th March, 1949
        Griffin, Patrick James 15th January, 1949
        Grout, John Ernest 24th January, 1949
        Heath, Reginald Merrick Watson (DFC) 22nd November, 1948/23rd November, 1948
        Kell, Geoffrey 19th September, 1948
        Lewis, William Richard Donald 30th April, 1949
        Louch, Philip Arthur 17th November, 1948
        Newman, Henry Thomas 15th March, 1949 .
        O'Neil, Edward 15th January, 1949
        Page, William George 16th July, 1949
        Patterson, Henry 21st March, 1949
        Penny, Alan (AFC) 22nd March. 1949
        Quinn, Mel Joseph 22nd March, 1949
        Reeves, Kenneth Arthur 22nd March, 1949
        Robertson, Dornford Winstan22nd November, 1948/23rd November, 1948
        Seabourne, Kenneth Arthur (DFM) 22nd November, 1948/23rd November, 1948
        Sharp, James Patrick Lewin 21st March , 1949
        Supernatt, Theodor 15th January, 1949
        Taylor, Cyril (DFC AFM) 22nd November, 1948/23rd November, 1948
        Thomson, Hugh Wallace (MC DFC) 19th Septemeber, 1948
        Toal, Joseph 16th July, 1949
        Towersey, Sidney Mark Lewis 19th September, 1949
        Trezona, Francis Ivor 17th November, 1948
        Utting, Clement Wilbur 8th December, 1948
        Watson, Ernest William 19th September, 1948
        Wilkins, John Graham 25th November, 1948
        Wood, Kenneth George 30th April 1949

        A note says the list was taken from the Order of Service
        for 60th Anniversary at the National Memorial Arbortetum
        September, 26th 2009
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          Thanks for that - have until now been unable to find anything on Marks. Two other names - G. Haan and Cpl G.S. Burns still elude me .....

          one correction however for this entry:

          Dakota KJ970 22 March 1949
          It was returning to Lbeck at night when it flew into the ground during a Blind Approach Beam System (BABS) approach.

          Signaller - 552860 M Sig Alan Penny AFC
          Pilot (RAAF) - A412688 Flt Lt Mel Joseph Quinn
          Nav (SAAF) - 59342 F/O Kenneth Arthur Reeves

          Reeves was ex-SAAF, having been demobbed and joined the RAF, so was not SAAF post 1945. The SAAF also used Army ranks, not RAF ones. He remains the only South African to be killed in the Airlift but there were no SAAF casualties.

          Much appreciated
          Last edited by antiqueaviation; 18th June 2018, 17:04.


            Cpl George Stanley Burns was American (as I suspect is G Haan)


            George S Burns was born around 1926. We know that George S Burns had been residing in Caldwell County, North Carolina.

            Military Service
            Military serial#: 34777365
            Enlisted: November 19, 1945 in Ft Jackson Columbia South Carolina
            Military branch: Corps Of Engineers
            Rank: Private First Class, Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, And Enlisted Men)
            Terms of enlistment: One Year Enlistment

            Any reference to him being in Royal Artillery is a mistake I think

            Apparantly He died at Tegel 29 October 48
            Last edited by paulmcmillan; 19th June 2018, 09:08.
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              Source for Burns

              Der Br von Berlin

              29 Okt. 48 Burns, George S. Cpl "RA34777365" Tegel
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                Signaller Raymond Marks was born in Portsmouth 11 March 1930 I think he had at least 1 sister
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                  A sobering list.


                    Many thanks for these inputs. Strange how some names appear on the memorials yet others dont.

                    Some sources quote some 101 casualties of the Airlift - and the list for Germans varies from source to source - on that do the names of thise who died in the April 1948 Viking / Yak 3 collision appear anywhere?


                      Can’t find Russian

                      But Vickers 610 Viking 1B with the registration G-AIVP
                      Apr 5, 1948 Berlin

                      Captain John Ralph, pilot,
                      First Officer Norman Merrington, copilot,
                      Charles Manser, radio operator,
                      Leonard George Goodman, steward.


                      Sgt Pasquale E. Pintus (US Army)
                      Mrs Frances Ruth Clough (USA)
                      Miss Jean M. C. S. Shea - who was Daughter General Sir John Stuart Mackenzie Shea (Indian Army)
                      Mr. Reginald E. Roberts,
                      Mr. Stephen J. Stocking,
                      Mr. Robert H. Collier,
                      Mr. Waldemar Hald (Australia)
                      Captain Ian James Armour Fleming #348265 Cameromans
                      Mr Edward G. Lewin,
                      Mr. H. Read-Jahn (German)
                      Last edited by paulmcmillan; 20th June 2018, 11:13.
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