Heroic Tales of World War 2

There are many tales of bravery, dedication and perseverance emanating from the Second World War – far too many to include here. But a small selection stand out, and for different reasons too. Many of these young men showed great courage and determination at a young age whilst facing considerable challenges; many died in their determination to succeed or save the lives of their crews. Some just simply survived to tell the tale.

If you know of someone’s story please let me know, it would be great to have it here for all to share.


Robert C Frascotti, 1st Lt., (USAAF), 352nd FG, 486th FS. RAF Bodney (Trail 8)
Rear Gunner Flight Sergeant Nicholas S. Alkemade, 115 Squadron (RAF) (Trail 11)
Kermit D Wooldridge, 2nd Lt. (USAAF), B17 Pilot RAF Kimbolton  (Trail 6)
B-17 Pilot 1st Lt.D. J. Gott & 2nd. Lt W. E. Metzger (USAAF).
Flying Officer Leslie Manser VC. RAF(VR) 50 Squadron – Royal Air Force
Mosquito Crew – P.O. James McLean and Sergeant Mervyn Tansley, RAF(VR)
2nd Lt. Robert E. Femoyer MOH, 711th BS Rattlesden (USAAF) (Trail 15)
Lt. Col. Leon Vance 489th BG – Medal of Honour (USAAF)
Pilot Officer Rawdon Middleton VC (149 Squadron RAAF)
1st Lt. William G. Rueckert, 93rd BG,  409th BS, (USAAF) RAF Hardwick, (Trail 12)
Sgt. Archibald Mathies, (USAAF), 510th BS, 351st BG (Medal Of Honour) RAF Polebrook.  (Trail 19)
1st Lt. Raymond Harney and 2nd Lt. Warren French – 349th BS, 100th BG – (Trail 12)
Lt. Joseph P Kennedy Jnr and Lt. Wilford J. Willy, RAF Fersfield, S.A.U. 1, Fleet Air Arm Wing 7(Trail 28)
Brigadier General Frederick W. Castle – Heartbreak on Christmas Eve, 1944
 M/Sgt. Hewitt T. Dunn, 390th BG (H) RAF Framlingham, (Trail 39)
Col. Ashley Woolridge; Flew 106 Missions in a B-26
Georges Nadon – Spitfire pilot, flew 277 sorties
Sqn. Ldr. Leonard Trent VC – RAF Methwold
 Sqn. Ldr. Ian Bazalgette (RAF) V.C., 635 Sqn RAF Downham Market (Trail 7)
Flt. Sgt. Arthur Louis Aaron (RAF) V.C., 218 Sqn RAF Downham Market (Trail 7)
Major George Preddy, (USAAF) 352nd FG, RAF Bodney (Trail 8)
Operation ‘Fuller’ – The Channel Dash, February 12th 1942.
P.O William Davis (Eagle Sqn) – March 18th 1941
1st  Lieutenant John E. Morse – 379th BG RAF Kimbolton
Lt. Jack Watson 303rd BG. – From Villain to Hero.
P/O. Lewis Booth RAF Waterbeach – June 25th 1944
Sgt. Norman Cyril Jackson VC. RAF Metheringham.
Colonel Thomas J.J. Christian Jnr. 361st FG RAF Bottisham.
Sgt. James Ward VC.- 75 (NZ) Sqn RAF Feltwell.
Sgt. William Stannard – 487 Sqn RAF – RAF Methwold
Squadron Leader Anthony Bridgman DFC 83 Sqn RAF Scampton
Flying Officer John Cruickshank V.C. 210 Sqn (RAF)
Flt. Lt. William ‘Bill’ Reid V.C. 61 Squadron (RAF) 
2nd Lt. John Walter Crago (RAF Kings Cliffe)


2 thoughts on “Heroic Tales of World War 2

  1. My brother-in-law, S/Sgt George F. Danehower, was the radio operator on The B-17, “Spirit of 44”, captained by 2nd Lt Merril T. Rish, when, on their 18th mission, they were shot down over Berlin on March 6, 1944 in the bloodiest day of the war for the Eighth Air Force. This B-17 was featured in the famous painting by Keith Ferris. When George described the mission to me he stated an event, which I was reluctant to believe until he produced a letter from the crew member after the war, thanking him for saving his life. George stated that after the plane was hit and going down, those who could were bailing out. He was about to jump when a crew member came to the hatch without his parachute which had been shot away. George told the crew member to hold on and they both went down on George’s chute. Four crew members were KIA, and six were taken POW. George was captured and taken to Stalag Luft IV. He remained there until February 6, 1945 when the Germans moved them, in the infamous “Black March,” to another camp ahead of the advancing Russian army. This 84 day march, in the middle of winter in the north of Germany, rivaled the equally infamous “Bataan Death March” in the Philippines. On May 2, 1945, George and his fellow POWs were sitting in a ditch next to the River Elbe near Lauenburg when the British arrived and liberated them. George survived the plane crash, over a year as a POW, an appendectomy at Stalag Luft IV, and an 84-day death march to return to his family. He led a productive life until dying in 2004 at the age of 82.
    Christopher Moree
    511 County Road 4024
    Arley, AL 35541

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    • Hi Christopher, thank you so much for sharing your brother in law’s story, it’s a fascinating one and incredible that he survived each of those terrible events. It goes to show what can be achieved with determination and the will to survive. I’m glad he went on to have a productive life, he so deserved it. Thank you. Andy.


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