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SOLO_Bones
10-05-2006, 11:35 AM
My father, my hero Raymond Beaune left today for the great beyond. Here is his story...

His experience in World War 2 began shortly after his 19th birthday in the winter of 1942. By this time almost all young men were in uniform. At the time he belonged to the U & I table tennis club in Windsor Ontario. When a club member enlisted, a drinking glass was placed on a special shelf of honour. The members joined the army, navy and air force. When a member was killed, his glass was turned over. He chose the air force.

His training began in the spring of 1942. It would take a full two years to be ready for operational flying with Bomber Command. The summer of 1944, he and his crew and were assigned to RAF 90 squadron at Tuddenham. Here they flew Wellingtons, Stirlings and Lancaster's on both day and night bombing missions. By the end of July, after 5 short weeks and 17 missions , they were the senior crew on station.

The crew then requested and received transfer to 8 Group Bomber Command, Pathfinder Force.

After a week of Navigation training at Warboys, they were assigned to No 7 squadron at Oakington flying Lancasters. After several successful missions they were finally assigned to be lead plane on a mission to Scholven for bombing of an oil plant. They took off this day October 6, 1944 in Lancaster PB241 coded MG-X. Their luck ran out. They were hit by enemy fire and forced to bail out over enemy territory.*

It didn't take long to be captured, interrogated and sent to POW camp Stalag Luft 3 at Belaria. He remained there from October 1944 until January 1945. The Russians were advancing so the Germans moved the POW's out to another camp many miles away. This was the infamous Death March that winter of '45. Their next camp they shared with lice, fleas and bed bugs. The meals were watery soup once per day with bread made from sawdust.

Towards the end of April, the German guards evacuated the camp ahead of the advancing Russian army. They thought they were to finally be liberated. But the excitement was short lived. The Russians intended to keep them prisoner as insurance that their countrymen would return home to Russia. Shortly after midnight, May 7 He escaped and made his way to an American camp. Free at last!

After repatriation, he visited his old table tennis club. Of all the drinking glasses for members of the air force, his was the only one left upright.
* Crew of Lancaster BIII - PB 241 - MG-X of 7 Sqdn

F/O Beaune, RG Pilot POW

F/Sgt Etheridge, FG Navigator POW

A/F/L Milligan, KIR Air Bomber POW

F/Sgt Davidson, AC W/Op (Killed when Lancaster exploded)

Sgt Forster, JG Engineer POW

F/Sgt Sweet, WH MUG POW

F/Sgt MacWilliam, WA Rear Gunner (Parachuted to safety, later shot and killed.)

F/Sgt's Davidson & MacWilliam are both buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery

vocatx
10-05-2006, 11:54 AM
I am thankful for men like your dad, who went through so much to keep tyrants at bay. I thank your dad for his service, and you have my deepest sympathy for your loss. We are losing WW II vets at an ever increasing pace. Soon there will be no more.

Your dad was truly a hero.

Haigotron
10-05-2006, 12:07 PM
Rest in peace, im happy you shared your father's story with us, this way he'll live on for ever

very touching and heroic story

Treetop64
10-05-2006, 12:11 PM
~S~ !

trumper
10-05-2006, 01:13 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif Your Dads last flight took off 2 miles from my house.
I have a couple of photos of the hangars there taken a year or so ago,if you want copies pm me.
S to your Dad ,remember him with love and pride

T_O_A_D
10-05-2006, 01:57 PM
My Sympathies to you and family, May he find his rewards for his life now.

We owe alot to those from yester year, I trully hope we get things sorted, so all thier good work doesn't go down the drain.

DIRTY-MAC
10-05-2006, 02:16 PM
RIP

Enforcer572005
10-05-2006, 09:00 PM
All honor to your dad and his comrades. All that we have today we owe to them. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

rickster3459
10-05-2006, 09:37 PM
My condolences to you and your family.May he RIP and also,S! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

RAF74_Raptor
10-05-2006, 10:22 PM
Sorry for your Loss

May your father RIP

woofiedog
10-06-2006, 01:34 AM
Sorry to hear of your family's loss.

Thank You for sharing your father's story.

Beaufort-RAF
10-06-2006, 01:36 AM
Thanks for sharing his story.

Any pics you can show us?

TgD Thunderbolt56
10-06-2006, 06:12 AM
Remember the good stuff. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif


TB

gregpeters
10-06-2006, 04:56 PM
Dear Solo_bones

very sorry to hear of your father's passing.
The world owes him a lot.

Been thinking about such matters a lot lately.
my Dad died last November
(RAF P40 pilot, Italy).

Regards to your family.

Greg Peters
Sydney Australia

foxyboy1964
10-06-2006, 05:19 PM
~S~

Low_Flyer_MkVb
10-06-2006, 05:45 PM
~S!~

GH_Klingstroem
10-07-2006, 05:17 AM
May he RIP!!
Always get a tear in my eyes when I read posts like this... How pointless the war was.. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

DuxCorvan
10-07-2006, 06:34 AM
Raymond Beaune, sic tibi terra levis. May earth be light to you.

Thank you for sharing your father's story, and thank him for sacrificing his youth and risking his life for his homeland and the freedom of all.

Viper2005_
10-07-2006, 08:05 AM
RIP

trumper
10-07-2006, 05:51 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gifPM Recieved, E Mail sent