Kent Defences => Anti-Aircraft Batteries => Topic started by: DoverDan on June 12, 2010, 16:06:16

Title: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: DoverDan on June 12, 2010, 16:06:16
American type584 radar at the Langdon battery site.
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4004/4693354646_583f0e1c98_b.jpg)
The 127th AAA corps (American anti aircraft) arrived at Dover during the early hours of 4th August 1944 after a three day long journey from Leek. They brought with them 90mm guns, quadruple machine guns, radar vans and there own power plants.
They were stationed at the Langdon hole site to to form a part of a defensive line to counter the V1 flying bombs. Using the advanced type584 radar in conjuncton with their 90mm guns they achieved a very high sucess rate against the V1s.
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: DoverDan on November 14, 2010, 15:23:54
Two men of 'B' battery, 127th AAA corps at Langdon showing the visiting Press how its done.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4153/5173248780_3d2fe26955.jpg)
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: Leofwine on November 14, 2010, 17:00:26
Two men of 'B' battery, 127th AAA corps at Langdon showing the visiting Press how its done.

Are they Americans manning the gun?  Looks like US style helmet and combat jacket to me (but I admit I don't know much about WW2 uniforms.)
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: doug on November 14, 2010, 17:15:30
An American ack-ack section brought in shortly after D-Day to combat the V-1flying bombs, eventually there were over 1900 guns set up between Dover Brighton.
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: peterchall on November 14, 2010, 18:11:54
AAA was the US Army abbreviation for Anti Aircraft Artillery.
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: DoverDan on November 24, 2010, 10:57:04
Men of the 127th taking cover in an open trench shelter behind their accomodation blocks at Swingate during a shelling raid.

 (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5204/5200708461_66c793d6bf_z.jpg)
The two huts seen in the background were originally accomodation blocks for the Royal Flying Corps who used the Swingate site as an airfield during the first world war.
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: JohnG on December 03, 2010, 21:15:37
When the 127 AAA Association decided they wanted to errect the mamorial to British and American gunners killed on the White Cliffs of Dover, I do not know quite how but I was involved in organising this project.  It was very interesting and I met a lot of people, I was given AAA histories and photographs, I see many of these photographs on this site.  I did the first drawing showing the position of 127 AAA guns.  Because of my involvement in this other AAA Associations contacted me wanting to find the sites they were positioned at during the Diver Operation.  I received papers from: 127, 125, 120. 
; These American guns were installed from Dungeness through to Deal trying to shoot down 'buzz-bombs' as they called them.  I will try and add photographs soon, I have to go to another computer to do this.
Some of 127 AAA personnel were stationed in the old WWI airfield buildings behind Langdon Battery.  I hope this may be of interest to some of you.  JohnG
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: seafordpete on December 04, 2010, 09:48:55
Just a point AAA = Anti Aircraft Artillery not American AA.  The term is still used now in USAF  & RAF normally referred to as tripleA
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: JohnG on December 05, 2010, 23:35:58
Back in the 1980's I did quite a few drawings and battery planes, it is all information that I hope will be used.  Back in the 1980's we did not have PC's and scanners, this also meant there was no way of finding out who was also interested in the same things as you, no Kent History Forum.  The Forum is really good at bringing people together who have similar interests.  With my computer I can upload pictures to photobucket but can not then add them to replies, I have to go to another computer to do that which is a pain, my wife complains if I go off for too long.  Keep up the good work. JohnG.
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: rwiltbank on December 08, 2010, 19:17:57
All,
Thanks for the pictures, maps, etc.  My father served in 127th AAA, Battery A, as the loader on Gun #2. I'd love to see any additional info or images that any of you might have. I'm trying to put together a memorial on his service during the war , which I hope to present to my Mother and family on Dec 31 2010, the 15th anniversary of his death. Thanks for any help you can give!
 - Rich
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: JohnG on December 08, 2010, 21:03:08
rwiltbank.  I have a bundle of photographs of 127 AAA on the cliffs above Dover. I was given them by one of the Americans.  They are not very good with lots of marks on them and they are brown and white.  They are interesting but I have not scanned them due to their poor quality, quite a few 127 AAA men shown and the old huts and hangars of the old airfield that once occupied the Swingate site.  JohnG
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: rwiltbank on December 17, 2010, 02:29:20
JohnG,
I'd love to see the photos. I wish that I were in southern England so I could just drop by!  ;)
Is there any way you could scan some of them?
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: JohnG on December 17, 2010, 21:10:33
rwiltbank.  I will scan the photographs and post them as soon as I get a moment. JohnG
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: Eric V on December 20, 2010, 16:02:01
The information on here so far is great. Thank you for the map and photos. My Grandfather was John R. Villafana. He was the 1st Sgt of C Battery for the 127th. I'm working on compiling as much history about the unit as possible. If you happened to have known my grandfather or know anyone who knew him please let me know. I'd like to get some information about their experiences during the war. I'm pretty sure I have some pics of some of the men of the 127th AAA during their training at Camp Stewart, Georgia. I'll take a look and see what I can dig up. @ John G. I'm really looking forward to seeing the photos that you've got of the 12
7th on the cliffs.
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: JohnG on December 20, 2010, 17:20:04
Will do the photos very soon, sure there are some of 'C' Battery. The 127 AAA boys gave me a copy of their history.  Sadly many of the men who came over for the memorial have passed on, a great bunch of men.  JohnG
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: JohnG on December 23, 2010, 22:50:10
127 AAA Photographs

(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/Williamfrederick20/127320428.jpg)
Sunday Church service being conducted from the hood of the jeep. Hangars and 583 Radar in the back ground

(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/Williamfrederick20/127290425.jpg)
Can not identify this person.  The 584 Radar can be seen all sand bagged up mid left centre

(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/Williamfrederick20/127400436.jpg)
Left to Right. "Shorty" Baker. "?" Rice. Howard "Poppy" Tetus. Robert "Jake" Jacoby and "?" T
hrockmorton.

(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/Williamfrederick20/127440522.jpg)
Orderly Room with lattrin to left.

(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/Williamfrederick20/127510530.jpg)
Julius Tuttle out side of well sand bagged entry way to the tent covered 5 foot hole in the ground shared with Eric Audeson

These are all taken, I think, around the Swingate area behind Langdon.
There are more to come.
JohnG

Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: Guest on December 24, 2010, 09:06:50
Any idea what the very substantial-looking 3 storey (at least) building in your fourth pic was, JohnG?
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: JohnG on December 24, 2010, 14:19:39
Yes, there is a water tank on the top, you will see this in some of the photos yet to be posted.   Most of these are the buildings of the old airfield. JohnG
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: Alastair on December 25, 2010, 17:28:56
JohnG, in the first of your really great photos, are the hangars mentioned at the back of the picture the WW1 ones that stood by Reach Road behing Langdon Prison? Thus making the photographer stand wit his back to the prison.
Alastair
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: Guest on December 25, 2010, 18:13:40
Hi alastair. I suspect Mrs JohnG may have padlocked his laptop for today. And yes. If you look on G.E. the two large concrete rectangles in the loop of road are the hangar bases. They, and the huts, show up quite well at the lower edge of the AP I posted on the Swingate C.H. thread (reply #102).
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: JohnG on December 25, 2010, 22:19:13
Hi Alastair.  Yes, you are correct.  I will try and post some more very soon.  I have now finished scanning them all, now to get them in the bucket and onto the forum.  JohnG
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: JohnG on December 26, 2010, 14:36:28
A few more of the 127 AAA photos.  These are all in the Swingate area.

(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/Williamfrederick20/127490527.jpg)
Our only latrine.

(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/Williamfrederick20/127430521.jpg)
Supply room. People on left not identified.


(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/Williamfrederick20/127120215.jpg)

Aug 8 - 21 (?) Valley between 127th positions and Dover Castle showing the barrage balloon in the middle of the picture.

(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/Williamfrederick20/127420520.jpg)

View from gun park showing fence, orderly room, supply room and brick latrine with water storeage tank on top. Area hit by 2nd 16 inch shell at the same time the one that landed in front of amo hanger.

Will post more very soon.  JohnG
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: Alastair on December 27, 2010, 16:42:08
Terrific, JohnG - have these ever been seen in public in recents years? Thanks for showing them.
Alastair
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: JohnG on December 31, 2010, 17:31:48
To the 127 AAA fans, a few more photographs that may interest you.

(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/Williamfrederick20/127010201.jpg)
August 4 - 8 One of the WW1 hangers used when airplanes were ferried from England to France.

(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/Williamfrederick20/127070210.jpg)
Gun 3 on left. Robert 'Jake' Jaacoby. Maybe Julius Hettle on right.
Some of the names may be a bit out as the writing is difficult to read,

(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/Williamfrederick20/127060209.jpg)
Work in progress building revitment and revitment.
 Tent to left, Eric Anderson and Julius Hettle, Can't identify people around the gun.


Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: JohnG on December 31, 2010, 19:01:49
A few more 127 photos from JohnG

(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/Williamfrederick20/127250243.jpg)
Towers and airodrome in back ground with peaked roofs of latrrines. May be shell hole dirt in foreground. Can't identify dark area on left.

(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/Williamfrederick20/127100213.jpg)
Pause in the firing.

(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/Williamfrederick20/127050206-1.jpg)
Gun 3 in position being cleaned. This must have  been in the first week of arriving because the gun revetment is incomplete. Robert Malhoit on left and maybe Robert 'Jake' Jacaby on right. Corrigated metal is the begining of a shelter to be built at the end of the leftoutriggers. Barbed wire fence in the back ground is part of the British defences against German invasion.

(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/Williamfrederick20/127030203.jpg)
One of the old orderly rooms in the area.

JohnG
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: JohnG on January 01, 2011, 16:46:30
A few more 127 AAA Photographs that might be of interest.  JohnG

(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/Williamfrederick20/127CBatteryDover01.jpg)
Major Jensen watches 'C' Battery limber up. Dover.

(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/Williamfrederick20/127DBatteryDover01.jpg)
'D' Battery in the foreground. Aug 1944,

(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/Williamfrederick20/127CaptJohnDimmerDover01.jpg)
Capt John Dimmer taken in Bn Hqs building Dover Aug 1944.

(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/Williamfrederick20/127MemorialColArnold01.jpg)
Col Arnold unvailing the monument

(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/Williamfrederick20/127Memorial01.jpg)
The British and American Guard of Honour. Salute fire with 25 Pdrs.

Hope they are of interest to some of you. JohnG
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: doug on January 01, 2011, 19:28:52
I Do not have a plan for Swingate, The late Frank Cheeseman had a full set of plans for most ww1 airfields, on his death his papers went to the Fleet Air Arm Museum. We do have an aerial photo of Swingate Radar Station, and a large part of the airfield, this is on show in the RAF Manston museum, at Manston.
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: JohnG on January 01, 2011, 19:40:17
The photograph showing the four CH masts with the hangers.  The blob on the left must be a gun with a cover over it, the axil and two wheels these guns had are nexr to it. JohnG.
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: Guest on January 02, 2011, 05:41:13
Alastair: re plans, the IWM photographic collection has a couple of WW1 vertical aerial photos (I'm pretty sure their references are Q111406/7) which show the layout of huts, and on one of them each hut is identified.
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: Alastair on January 02, 2011, 16:15:43
Thanks. Haven't been able to find them on those ref nos but I'll persevere. Appreciate the help
Alastair
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: Guest on January 02, 2011, 16:18:12
No, they're not listed online: I think you'd have to write or call. I am pretty certain the ref nos are correct. David
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: Alastair on January 02, 2011, 16:58:35
Thanks. By way of observation of those terrific photos, has anyone noticed the tents have names on them? One appears to read 'Baker & Baker Jr, Future (something)' and another has Marie on it. The main observation is of the water tower. That is very definitely Victorian so obviously not built for the RFC. So what was here before the Air Forece arrived in WW1?
Alastair
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: Alastair on January 03, 2011, 16:39:07
Another observation - in the picture of D Battery, is that a rangefinder covered up in the mid foreground?
Alastair
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: JohnG on January 12, 2011, 20:05:36
I post a few more 127AAA photographs for those interested.

(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/Williamfrederick20/127AAA11.jpg)
The Tomies carch two 12 inchers from the Cape. Sept 1944.
There is a British AA Mk 2 GL Radar in the centre.

(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/Williamfrederick20/127AAA08.jpg)
British garage at Dover after a 16 inch shell hit the roof. Aug 1944.
I think this is one of the hangers.

(http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/Williamfrederick20/127AAA06.jpg)
Dover England Aug 1944. Two British 15 inch guns blast German gun emplacements in the
 Cap Griss Nez area on the French coast, as the 127 Hq personnel take to the slit trenches.

JohnG
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: TowerWill on January 18, 2011, 10:56:53
(http://i1015.photobucket.com/albums/af278/TowerWill/RingsInField.png)
From Google Earth.In the field on the cliff side of Upper Road are a couple ring shaped crop marks(green arrows).I wonder if they had something to do with this battery?The old railway(red arrow)is also shown.This is from the 2007 historical imagery on Google Earth.I'm afraid the 2002 imagery doesn't show these(discussion on another thread).
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: TowerWill on January 19, 2011, 08:52:38
Ted Ingham's AP in reply #34 "Old Road out of Broadlees Bottom" shows these fields as having plenty of trenches dug into them in 1940.Maybe the rings were connected with these.But maybe i've rediscovered some Neolithic round house sites!Another look at the list of ancient sites required.
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: Andyb on January 19, 2011, 20:26:53
Thankyou JohnG for the time you have spent putting these into the public domain.


Andy
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: chuckv on March 06, 2011, 22:52:46
JohnG,  Hello.  I just happen to find this site while researching my dad's WWII history.  I've been doing this research for about 8 years.  He was a gunner, Battery "C", 127th AAA Gun Battalion.  Obviously, he too was on the White Cliffs of Dover from Aug. to the last part of Sept., 1944.  Your information presented on this Forum is fantastic!  I wonder if there are names on the back of one of your pictures displayed recently?  The caption for this picture reads:  "Major Jensen watches "C" Battery limber up.  Dover."  If there are names,  would you please post them?  I would appreciate it beyond words.  I'll return to this Forum at another time soon.  I have alot of data on the 127th.  Thank you. 
Chuckv.
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: Alastair on March 07, 2011, 12:52:52
Just a thought - the circular marks pointed out by TowerWill - could they have been emplacements dug for the AA guns? Or are they too symmetrical?
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: Guest on March 08, 2011, 17:48:40
chuckv: if you haven't already done so, check out the map on http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=9751.0;topicseen

Your dad and his mates (and other AAA units, too) did a good job.
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: chuckv on March 09, 2011, 19:33:14
Thank you for your kind words.  During my research for the last 8 years, I have gathered up about 300 pages of documents, etc. on my dad's wwII history and the 127th AAA Gun Bn..  I have written to and received many responses from some of the men of the Battalion.  Before his passing, Allan English sent me a roster of the Battalion.  He, along with Paul Alexa and other men, attended the ceremonies, late in the 1980's, honoring the British and American Anti-aircraft units with monuments placed on the Upper Road.
As I said earlier, my dad was a gunner of Battery "C", 127th AAA.  The one photo dispayed on this site shows the back of a gunner loading the Gun as Major Jensen watches.  I wonder if its my dad?  That's why I asked in my first post if a name(s) were on the back of the photo.
I'm hoping in the near future to travel to Dover with my son Michael to see the area where our brave artillery men (British and American) fought.  Will post more later.  Chuckv


Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: JohnG on March 10, 2011, 15:58:47
Hi ChuckV.
Sorry for delay in reply.  I am sorry the photos do not have any other information on them. I have other papers which may have the gun crews listed but you say you have many papers so you may have the same ones that I have. Let me know if you want me to look. JohnG
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: chuckv on March 10, 2011, 16:31:44
JohnG,  Thank you for your reply.  I do not have a list of the Gun Crews.  When you can, I would really be grateful if you could look for this info.  Will be patiently waiting for your post.  I think about a year and a half ago of later, the Kent Society printed an article that I wrote about my dad and the 127th.  I think the title was "Brave Battalion.....".  Its been awhile since it was printed.  I have been in contact with Maggie of the Virtual Dover War Memorial site.  She was and is very helpful in my research.  Will post later.  Thank you.
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: JohnG on March 10, 2011, 19:56:04
ChuckV.  Will look through the papers as soon as I get a moment.  I was given quite a lot of papers from members of 127AAA when I helped with the memorial some years ago. JohnG
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: chuckv on March 10, 2011, 21:24:32
JohnG,  Thank you again for your post.  During the Memorial festivities (127th AAA Gun Bn.), did you meet Allan English, Paul Alexa or John Bowers (of the 127th)?  Paul donated his uniform to the Dover War Museum.  If I may, what role did you play during the planning, etc. of the Memorial?  Thank you again?  Chuckv   
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: statue1 on March 21, 2011, 19:13:14
Hello, I just found this forum and I'm very excited. My father was Lt. Vincent McLean, he served at Dover Castle and was with the 127th throughout the war. He is mentioned in the Paul Alexa oral history in the Library of Congress. I'm very interested in the History of the 127th since I did not have a chance to ask my father. I have some pictures, but I think they where taken in Holland and Belgium, some of the people identified are Sgt. Thompson, Sgt. Heitz, Sgt Dillberto, Sgt Cook and Lt. Irwin. I will post the pic's if there is any interest. Any info about the 127th would be appreciated.
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: chuckv on March 21, 2011, 19:55:00
Welcome Statue1,  I was just as excited as you when I found this Forum a week or 2 ago.  For now, let me tell you about the Midnight Mass that was held on Dec. 24, 1944 in Maastricht, Belgium.  The 127th was dug in around this Belgium town at the start of the Battle of the Bulge.  For some reason, men of the Battalion were invited to go to the Mass.  The Mass was held in the 1000 year old caves near Maastricht.
After the Mass, the Dutch monks and priests served the men coffee and donuts and asked them if they wanted to sign there names on the cave walls.  They used pieces of chalk or charcoal to sign.  To this day, the names are still legible.  Do you know if your father attended the services?  I have a few pictures of the 127th men.  I'll try and post them.  Please post yours.  My dad was a gunner in Battery "C".  Will post later.  Chuckv
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: chuckv on March 21, 2011, 20:11:42
Statue1,  Just remembered a site you would want to look at...."Virtual Dover War Memorial".  It has a short article I wrote about my dad and Dover.  Its called " We Came To Serve".  This site is run by Maggie and another individual.  You can get info on the 127th.  Chuckv
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: statue1 on March 21, 2011, 22:21:11
Chuckv, I read the article you wrote about your dad, you should be very proud. I don't know for sure if my dad was at the Mass, but I have a letter he wrote on Dec. 24 1944 and given the tone and spirit of the letter I think he was there. If I can figure how to post pic's I'll put them up as soon as I get them digitized.
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: JohnG on March 21, 2011, 22:37:23
Chuckv.  Sorry. I hope to look at the 127 AAA papers very soon.  In the past I posted photographs of 127 in Dover, I also have some of them on their way to Normandy and more of them in France. I received a lot of papers from Paul Alexa.  JohnG.
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: JohnG on March 27, 2011, 17:26:09
chuckV.  Yes, I did meet Paul Alexa and Alan English, John Dimmer, Forest Brown, Robert Spanneruth and many more.  I helped with the organising of the monument and did a lot of research on the 127 AAA's period in Dover.  I was able to show the veterans to their gun sites.  I do have lists of "C" Battery at different dates.  I do not think you have ever mentioned who your father was, his name.  I have a book that Paul Alexa and others put together, 'The Fighting 127th', this has many names in it.  JohnG
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: chuckv on March 27, 2011, 20:11:02
JohnG,  Great hearing from you.  My dad's name was Charles (Chuck) Vulyak from Youngstown, Ohio.  Again, he was a Gunner in Battery "C".  I don't know what gun he was assigned to.  Six months before Allan English passed away, he sent me his privately published Log of the events of the Battalion and a List of the Battalion men.  He said he did not know my dad.  During the last 2 1/2 years, I wrote about 105 letters to some of the men on the List.  I received about 35 responses with odds and ends of their experiences.  None of these fine gentlemen knew my dad.  Of 750 men of the Battalion, 35 responses is a very small of percentage that might have known my dad.  If you go to the "Virtual Dover War Memorial" site and look for a short story I wrote about my dad, you will see a picture of him that might help you in your search.  Some of the men I wrote to were John Bowers, William Ring, Dan Wemple, William Jennings, Thomas English and Norman Brown.  I also wrote to Lt. William Payne but did not receive a reply.  William Jennings sent me Lt. Payne's story of the 127th.  I would be very grateful to you if I could view or purchase the book :the Fighting 127th".  Please advise if this is possible.  Regarding the photos of Normandy and France, I would also like to view these photos.  I do not have any photos of these places.  Thank you for your time and help.  Will post later.  ChuckV
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: tlyng on March 23, 2012, 08:26:34
Hello everyone!

I have just joined here.

I come from Dover, Kent and have explored the majority of tunnels, citadels and batterys that are there - having lived there all my life.

I was up the cliffs the other day and found Langdon Hole and the entrance to the batterys I believe which were for the 127TH AAA on the cliffs themselves (not the one where you climb down the front cliff path and onto Dead Mans Bay).

I was looking back on the cliffs and realised how this area looks like it was probably man-landscaped some time ago as opposed to the natural curve of the cliffs... which has lead me to this forum! I am very interested in trying to find photos of the battery itself - arial, landscape and upclose of what it looked like.

Some fantastic photo's have been provided on here which have quite opened my eyes but I am still searching.. if anyone can help me out that would be great!

Feel free to ask any questions about the tunnels, gun placements etc across the cliffs from St Magrets over to Samphire below Shakespeare Cliff :)
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: adoorenj on October 24, 2013, 15:17:58
Dear ChuckV.
I recently joined this website.
My name is Jons van Dooren.
I am the Chairman of the organisation that commemorates the 1944 Mass in the cave in Maastricht ( Netherlands).
we are looking for contact with people, whose fathers, uncles etc. attended Mass in 1944.
Please contact : info@shak1944.org

Every year again we organise this commemoration service as we think it should nevber be forgotten what these men did for us.
We still have contact with one of the survivers. We also have the book by Allen English.
We really hope to hear from anyone who is interested in 127th AAA and what happened in Maastricht.

my private email is: jhgmvandooren@home.nl
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: MSwift on November 03, 2013, 02:54:08
Does anyone have any information about the attack on Sep 15, 1944 which struck the 127th AAA, D Bat killing Pvt. Max Long?  I am doing research about Max for his sister and would appreciate any help. 

Also, there are a multiple photos of an attack which hit Swingate on this forum.  Does anyone know the date those photos where taken?  Thanks again for the help.
Title: Re: 127th AAA Battery
Post by: unfairytale on April 29, 2017, 08:57:52
http://www.doverwarmemorialproject.org.uk/Information/Articles/Heroes/Max%20Long.htm