Migration to the New Website

This post provides a permanent link to our new website, which has been under development for a few months now. Although there is a great deal more to do, it is shaping up well. The catalogue system has already proved its worth; it would have been impossibly long-winded to superimpose such a system on this old website, which was one of the major reasons for the move.

We hope you will enjoy the new website.

Kind Regards – The TRUSTEES

Pathfinder Aircrew

This book has been 14 years in the making; it contains many personal stories, letters and photographs from the Archive, and has been written by our Chairperson, Jennie Mack Gray.

For full details, including table of contents, page and photo samples, please go to our new website: PATHFINDER AIRCREW: Courage, Love and Loss in Bomber Command’s Elite Force.

Free shipping for a limited period.

Hardback, 300 pages including 16 page illustration section, 37 colour illustrations. Price £25.

Ken Newman – RIP

It is with great sadness that we must pass on the news that Ken died from COVID on 31 January. Tragically, he was diagnosed with the virus on his 100th birthday on 13 January.

Our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time. Due to the virus they were unable to be with him in his last illness and his birthday was the last time they saw him.

Ken with his copy of Kevin Bending’s book on 97 Squadron. Photograph by his grandson, Danny Newman.

Ken Newman’s 100th Birthday

It seems that there may have been a mix-up about the exact date of Ken’s birthday. One source (family) said 21 January, another 13 January. We are checking but in the meantime please send your goodwill messages in as soon as possible and don’t leave them until the 15th which was the original cut-off date!

100th Birthday for a Gunner, 97 Sqd

Ken Newman (second from right) who flew with the Steven crew but who missed their fatal flight on 14 January 1944 due to a bad skin complaint, will be 100 years old on 21 January. If anyone would like to send a message to Ken, please send us an email via our usual email address (info@raf-pathfindersarchive.com) or a message via our FB site. He doesn’t do computers, so what is sent will be printed out for him.

Ken has always felt deeply grieved by the loss of the Steven crew and of Leslie Laver who took his place on that last night.

Please make sure that we receive any messages for Ken by 15 January at the latest.

Der Feind, The Fiend

On our new site we have published a post on a public information poster from Berlin 1940, which was a forewarning of the later demonisation of the RAF bomber crews as terrorflieger, ‘the terror fliers’. This was used as justification for violence against them if they were shot down. See: Der Feind, The Fiend

The annual lighting of candles on the 167 graves at the War Cemetery at Den Burg, Texel, took place yesterday evening, Christmas Eve.This is a very simple but extremely moving and quietly spectacular ceremony, and for the last three years we have published photographs of it. See our new website: Den Burg, Texel, Xmas Eve