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9 years 7 months ago #1036 by brianj
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Just wanted to echo Gary's comment 'WOW' - you do some great research and should publish it all in a book.
great stuff

Brian

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9 years 7 months ago #1037 by Matt_Poole
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Thanks, Brian, for the kind words.

It is a collaborative effort. For example, Ron Manley, nephew of KH250 crewmate Bob McPherson, continues to work on finding the kin of the other crewmen. In fact, just a couple of hours ago Ron found the birth record of Ieuan Morgan, from the Swansea, Wales area. Morgan is on a war memorial seen here:

beehive.thisissouthwales.co.uk/default.a...D=15414&PageID=99466

I contacted John Powell, webmaster, and we

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9 years 6 months ago #1067 by Matt_Poole
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There is a problem with the Forum -- all of my longer postings have been truncated, ending abruptly. More fun and games for you to sort out, Gary.

Quick update -- the kin of KH250 crewman Hugh Campbell of Belfast, N. Ireland have come forward after a Belfast Telegraph newspaper story was run last Friday and a Belfast Forum topic was started. See these links:

www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-na...ars-on-15048018.html

www.belfastforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=34442.0

We are hot on the trail to linking up with the sister, or else the nieces, of Euean "Tony" Morgan of the Swansea area, also a member of the Totham crewshot down on 17 May 1945. The recent bad weather in Wales has slowed down the search, but it will succeed.

It has been nearly 14 months since CWGC first heard about the communal grave, which has been well documented in historic records and now via eyewitnesses. An official site visit will result eventually -- if India grants permission -- but the pace is terribly frustrating.

Cheers for now,

Matt

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9 years 5 months ago #1077 by Matt_Poole
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Yesterday, Jan 22nd, the Manchester Evening News printed an appeal for the kin of KH250 second pilot John McDowall in the "In Touch" section. The short piece was accompanied by two photos -- one of the KH250 crew and another of John in uniform.

This is not yet on-line, but we're told it will be soon.

Ron Manley, whose phone number was listed as point of contact, has received one reply. See Ron's e-mail to me, copied below.

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Just had a phone call from a David McCarthy.

He saw the story and can remember a John McDowall living Moss Bank, Higher Crumpsall, Manchester, in the next street to where he lived. He was in the year above him at school, remembers him being in the RAF and not returning.

He seems to think John would have been 22 when he died.

David thinks he remembers John's father working for Prudential Insurance, known as the 'man from the Pru'. Basically they collected insurance money on a weekly basis door to door.

John had no brothers and sisters.

He also said that there is a 'McDowall Walk' in Crumpsall, don’t know if there's a connection with that. I'll make contact with the council tomorrow and find out.

David mentioned an elderly woman in the area that has a fantastic memory of this area and the people, so he will go and see her with the story and see what she knows. Also to speak to all the 'Old Timers' in the area.

He mentioned that the picture of the crew is four columns wide, around eight x six inches, with another of John.

David will also go into the Crumpsall Methodist church and look for his name in the Book of Remembrance they have.

At least we have something, however little, from the story. Well worth it.

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9 years 5 months ago #1078 by cengitu
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Good to hear that we have a good progress on the relatives. Perhaps CWGC and related parties could speed up the pace too..

keep up the good work...

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9 years 5 months ago #1085 by Matt_Poole
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Late breaking news...Yesterday's South Wales Evening Post story (not on their website, unfortunately) succeeded in reaching the family of KH250 bomb aimer Ieuan Anthony "Tony" Morgan, from the Swansea area. Tony's sister is alive but in hospital -- I don't know specifics, but her two nieces (daughters of Tony's other sister, who is deceased) have come forward and have expressed sincere thanks and a desire to learn more.

There will be a lot of files shared with them over the next few days.

Eight families found, three to go...

Cheers to all,

Matt

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