Lest we forget ...
During World War 2 most of the Rover Crew were called up as far as we know 3 were killed during the war ... (and some of this information is speculation) these were …
L/Cpl Alexander Ferguson (21) 7 Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment who died 19/06/40 he is buried in Gent City Cemetery his parents were from Cowdenbeath … his name is recorded on the Cowdenbeath war memorial
The evacuation of the British Expedition Force from the beaches took place 26 May – 6 June 1940 they took part in the action at Dunkirk by holding the enemy back on the Comines Canal, the Escaut Canal and at Wormhoudt
Sgt Findlay Buchan RAFVR (19) served as a pilot under training he died 18/12/42 he is buried in Gwelo Cemetery Zimbabwe his parents were from Cowdenbeath … his name is recorded on the Cowdenbeath war memorial
Whist its speculation being a pilot in training its possible he was killed during training accident
On the outbreak of war in September 1939, the Government of Southern Rhodesia made an offer to the British Air Ministry to run a flying school and train personnel The Rhodesian Air Training Group operating 1940–1945, was set up as part of the overall Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Beginning with the establishment of three units at Salisbury, Bulawayo and Gwelo, each consisting of a preliminary and an advanced training school.
Sgt David McLean RAFVR (27) was a Flight Engineer on Lancaster Bombers of 106 Squadron based at Metheringham he died 21/01/44 is buried in Hannover Cemetery his parents were from Lochgelly … his name is recorded on the Lochgelly war memorial
David's parents were David McLean and Christina Lumsden and David (Jnr) was born in 1916. The family lived at 68 Well Road, Lochgelly. On the day of his death (2nd January 1944) aged 27 years David was part of a seven man crew in the Lancaster bomber JB642 from the106 Squadron. It had taken off at 02.00 hrs from Methingham on route to Berlin. It was one of two Lancaster’s the Squadron lost that night. David's plane crashed at Hoya some 14km SSW of Verden . Only one member of the crew survived and he would be a POW for the rest of the war.
106 Squadron took part in the first "shuttle-bombing" raids (when the targets were Friedrichshafen and Spezia) and the famous attack on Peenemunde. Among the targets attacked in 1944 were a coastal gun battery at St. Pierre du Mont and the V1 storage sites in the caves at St. Leu d'Esserent. In December 1944, it made a 1,900-mile round trip to bomb the German Baltic Fleet at Gdynia,
During the Second World War, No 106 Squadron operated on 496 nights and 46 days, flying 5,834 operational sorties. In so doing it lost 187 aircraft – a percentage loss on sorties flown of 3.21 – but on the credit side its gunners claimed 20 enemy aircraft destroyed, 3 probably destroyed and 29 damaged. A total of 267 decorations were won by the squadron, including a Victoria Cross awarded to Sergeant NC Jackson for conspicuous bravery during an attack on Schweinfurt on 26/27 April 1944