News

1st January 2020

Updated.  Further to the news item below on Luftwaffe Combat Claims.  Another very interesting series of books being published are the ‘Nachtjagd Combat Archive’ written by Theo Boiten covering different periods of WW2.  Those already published are:

  • The Early Years – Part One (1939 – 12 July 1941)
  • The Early Years – Part Two (13 July 1941 – 29 May 1942)
  • The Early Years – Part Three (30 May – 31 December 1942)
  • 1943 – Part One (1 January – 22 June)
  • 1943 – Part Two (23 June – 22 September 1943)
  • 1943 – Part Three (23 September – 31 December 1943)
  • 1944 – Part One (1 January – 15 March 1944)  NEW

The series will be concluded with volumes covering the remainder of 1944, 1945 and the night air war over the Russian and Mediterranean theatres. For further information see the Wing Leader website at: https://www.wingleader.co.uk/series/nachtjagd-combat-archive

28th June 2019

I sent an e-mail to the families of the crew to remind them that it was 75 years since the last crew of Lancaster ND424 ‘PH-G’ completed their 17th and final operation to attack the railway marshalling yards at Vaires-sur-Marne on 28th June 1944. None of the seven crew are with us today but they will still be in our hearts and our thoughts.

  • Pilot Officer Michael Alexander Guilfoyle (Pilot)
  • Flight Sergeant John Smith Johnston Stephen (Bomb Aimer)
  • Warrant Officer Robert Edgar Yates, RAAF (Radio Operator)
  • Sergeant Hugh David Davies (Flight Engineer)
  • Sergeant Leslie John Faircloth (Mid Upper Gunner)
  • Warrant Officer 2 Joseph Sonshine, RCAF (Navigator)
  • Sergeant, Douglas Foster Jordin (Tail Gunner)

23 June 2019 – Luftwaffe Combat Claims

I have bought a copy of the book ‘Luftwaffe Night Fighter Combat Claims, 1939-1945’ by John Foreman, Simon W. Parry, Johannes Matthews (2004). ISBN 0-9538061-4-6. This book may allow me to carry out research to ascertain the possible Luftwaffe crews who may have attacked Lancaster ND424 or our crew on:

  • 15-16 March 1944 – Stuttgart. ND424 heavily damaged by a night fighter attack (Flown by pilot P/O H. Adams and crew, not our crew).
  • 3-4 May 1944 – Mailly-le-Camp. Our crew in combat in ME644 with a JU88 night fighter.
  • 27-28 June 1944 – Vaires-sur-Marne. Possible damage from an unknown night fighter attack.

5 May 2019 – 75h Anniversary

It is 75 years since the last crew of Lancaster ND424 completed their 17th and final operation in support of D-Day just three weeks earlier on 6th June.

3 February 2019 – New Version Being Built

Due to unforeseen technical issues we have had to build a new version of www.lesfaircloth.co.uk and this time we are using WordPress.

21 February 2018 – Search for the Crash Site of ND424

One of my ambitions is to locate the crash site of Avro Lancaster ND424 (PH-G). In February 2018 amateur WWII historian Franck Signorile offered to help, so he sent details to a local newspaper in the area where Lancaster ND424 crashed to see if local people can help us to locate the crash site.

The aircraft crashed to the south-west of Paris around 03:30 on the morning of 28th June 1944 following an operation to attack the railway marshalling yards at Vaires-sur-Marne to the east of Paris.

The full-page article was written by journalist Florence Chevalier and an online version of the article was posted on 21 February 2018 at 13:01 at https://actu.fr/ile-de-france/chevreuse_78160/histoire-appel-temoins-apres-crash-dun-avion-juin-44_15506942.html

Many thanks again for the help provided by Franck Signorile and for e-mailing me a scan of the newspaper.

So far we have had no response to the article but if you feel you can help please contact us using the ‘Contact Us’ page.

25 August 2017 – Visit to the UK National Archive

We made another trip to visit the UK National Archive in Kew in June 2017.

18 March 2017 – Sad News

Leslie Faircloth passed away in hospital aged 92.

05 December 2015 – RAF Casualty File & New Medal Case

In September 2015 we received Leslie’s RAF Casualty File and we bought him a new case for his medals.

May 2015 – Bomber Command Clasp

In May 2015 Leslie received his long overdue Bomber Command Clasp from the UK Government. We had completed the ‘Bomber Command Clasp Application Form’ and sent it with full details of Leslie’s RAF service to the MoD Medal Office at the Imjin Barracks in Gloucester. He received the clasp in May 2015 and it included a new medal ribbon for his 1939–1945 Star.

9 May 2015 – 70 years since POW’s Released

Seventy years ago this month in 1945 the three crew of Lancaster ND424 who were POW’s were released from captivity.

12 December 2011 – First Website Created

Website initially built in December 2011.

13 July 2008 – Les and Doug Reunion

In 2008 I used the internet to search for the crew to see if any were still around. My wife Gaynor searched for ‘Jordin’ on the Electoral Roll and up popped a likely candidate. I then searched the BT web site and the name D.F. Jordin appeared, complete with address and telephone number. I passed this to my father Les and suggested he gave Doug a call so he did and the rest is history. I posted copies of the documentation we had gathered to Doug.

We arranged the long overdue reunion on Sunday 13 July 2008 at a pub near Warrington mid way between Wrexham and Poulton le Fylde. The last time they were together was 64 years ago in June 1944 when they were in a badly damaged RAF bomber descending rapidly towards the ground to the south of Paris. They were both just 19 years old. It was filmed by the BBC television programme ‘North West Tonight’ as both families were regular viewers.