Simpson, Henry


Simpson, Henry
Henry Evan Wade Simpson
H E W Simpson


42 items. Collection concerns Henry Evan Wade 'Harry' Simpson DFM (1806333 Royal Air Force) a flight engineer on Lancaster of 166 Squadron whose aircraft failed to return on 7/8 June 1944. Collection contains his flying logbook, correspondence, documents and photographs.

Additional information on Harry Simpson is available via the IBCC Losses Database.

The collection has been donated to the IBCC Digital Archive by Jean Simpson and catalogued by Nigel Huckins.




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Simpson, HEW

Collection Items

Officer addressing a crowd of aircrew
A flight lieutenant stands addressing a large crowd of airmen all wearing battledress. On his left a wing commander stands with hands in pockets. On the reverse 'our dear son somewhere in the crowd just before D-Day 1944. W/C Garner OC on left. F/Lt…

Henry 'Harry' Simpson
Full length portrait of a man wearing civilian shirt with tie and light trousers standing in a field with bushes in the background. Additional information about this item was kindly provide by the donor.

Three aircrew
Three aircrew wearing battledress and flying boots standing with trees in the background. On the reverse 'Darling son at rest with dear lord. Left to right, Gordon Nordbye (Canada), Les Wright in centre, Harry with arm on Les'.

Two aircrew
Half-length portrait of two sergeant air gunners wearing tunic. On the reverse 'Les Knight Gordon Nordbye (Canada).

Seven aircrew
Seven men wearing battledress with brevet and six with side caps, one with peaked cap. Standing in line underneath a bomber.

Four airman inside a Nissen hut
On the left, one man sitting by a table with mugs on it. In the centre by the stove an man wearing battledress standing with foot on box. On the right, two airmen sitting. On the reverse 'at back of the room on right - Henry Simpson FE (Powdrill's…

Henry Simpson
Half-length portrait of a sergeant wearing tunic with flight engineer brevet.

Henry Simpson
Head and shoulders portrait of an airman wearing side cap.

Letter from Mrs J Powdrill to Henry Simpson's parents
Letter from mother of Henry Simpson's pilot Ross Powdrill in reply to their letter. Thanks them for their trouble and writes that their letters had helped.

Hell itself seems to have broken loose over us
Newspaper article explaining the effect of RAF Bomber Commands operation against Germany. Comments on superior equipment and single minded strategy. Compares allied bombing strategy to the failure of the German air force's efforts and suggests…

50,000 of RAF's 110,000 Bomber men Died - Harris
Newspaper cutting reporting number of bomber command aircrew killed and comparing it to combined Army casualties from D-Day to the end of the war.

No 1 Group Bomber Command roll of honour 1939-1945
No 1 Group Bomber Command roll of honour 1939-1945

This item is available only at the International Bomber Command Centre / University of Lincoln.

List of next of kin for crew of Henry Simpson's aircraft
Lancaster DV 367 missing 7/8 June 1944, Lists crew and next of kin.

Citation for Distinguished Flying Medal
Award conferred with effect from 7 June 1944 published in London Gazette 25 January 1946.

Letter of sympathy from H M The King
To Henry Simpson's father from HM The King and Queen.

Henry Simpson’s RAF navigator’s, air bomber’s and air gunner’s flying log book
Sergeant Henry Simpson’s RAF Navigator’s, Air Bomber’s and Air Gunner’s Flying Log Book, from 31st August 1943 to 7th June 1944, detailing his training and operations as a flight engineer. He was stationed at RAF Blyton (1662 Conversion Unit)…

Letter to Henry Simpson's father
Covers forwarding citation from London Gazette about award of Distinguished Flying Medal to his son.

Letter to Henry Simpson's father from the RAF Benevolent Fund
Learned with regret that his son was missing and writes concerning his son's voluntary allotment from his RSF pay and what was need for him to continue receiving payments.

Letter to Henry Simpson's father
Informs him that his son had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal.

Letter to Henry Simpson's father from Wing Commander D A Garner
Expresses sympathy over news of Sergeant Henry Simpson who was flight engineer of an aircraft that failed to return from an operation to Versailles.

Letter to Henry Simpson's father
Informs him that his son's personal effects had been forwarded to the RAF central depository.

Letter to Henry Simpson's father from the Red Cross
Regrets to inform him that his son had been posted as missing believe killed. A report that his son, F/Sergeant G L Nordbye and F/Sergeant L M G Baker has lost their lives had been received through the Red Cross from an official German statement.

Letter to Henry Simpson's father from the Red Cross
Reports that there was no news of his son who was missing in action but if there were the air ministry would be first to notify him.

Letter to Henry Simpson's father
Inviting him to an investiture for award of his son's DFM.

German documents listing killed RAF crew
Stamped Dulag Luft Wetzlar and lists Sgt L M Baker, G L M Norbye and Simpson Henry, Evan Wade at St Cyr L'Ecole, Lancaster aircraft gives other details of personnel and includes Ratcliff L.
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