Trying to contact soldier

WE are trying to contact relatives of Flying Officer Harold Ashton 172733.

He was the wireless operator in the crew of Stirling LJ 899 which took off from Great Dunmow on 10th May 1945 during Operation Doomsday but crashed in Lake Roden in Sweden en route to Norway. On board were men from the Kings Own Scottish Borderers.

Four of the airborne troops died in the crash but the other 20 men survived.

The navigator remembers Harold was one of the oldest of the crew, possibly 30, and came from Wigan.

A commemoration will take place in Sweden and Norway on the anniversary weekend this year organised by Lt Col Bengt Fransson in Sweden and Gunnar Foseid in Norway.

There will be a visit to the cemetery where L/Sgt Mulholland, Cpl Davidson, Cpl Pearl and Pte Connolly are buried and a memorial will be unveiled at the crash site.

We will be pleased to pass further details and photos to his family.

Mary Ghrist

Stirling Aircraft Society

ghrist@waitrose.com