Crowdfunding is a new type of fundraising where you can raise funds for your own personal cause, even if you're not a registered charity.
The page owner is responsible for the distribution of funds raised.
Sometime on Wednesday the 21st of July 1943, 14 young men arrived at an airfield in Cambridgeshire. By the end of the following month, 2 would have left, 1 would be a prisoner of war and 6 would be dead. The 5 that remained would be at the airfield for another 3 months. One of those 5 was my father. This is his story, the story of the boys he flew with, of those that arrived before them and those that arrived after them.
My father was Robert Douglas ‘Jock’ Sommerville and the airfield was Mepal, the home of 75(NZ) Squadron RAF.
On the 29th August 2011 my father died. I knew he had flown in the war, but when sitting down to write a eulogy for his funeral service, I realised I knew nothing about that time in his life. Probably as a way of dealing with his loss I decided to start to try to find out about this period of Bob’s life and perhaps, why he had never spoken about it.
So far, its been an amazing journey. I have come into contact with so many people and it is their interest and generosity that has built the blog to the point where its currently is. Starting with a simple desire to find out more about my own Father, it rapidly grew to provide information for relatives of other airmen in the Squadron and it is this constant contact that has let it grow beyond anything I could have imagined.
971 posts made, over 550,000 views and countless stories of the boys that flew in the Squadron have been told - but there is still so much more to be done
As stupid as it sounds, this activity came to an abrupt stop after I spilled a cup of tea over my laptop - the same laptop that I have used since the beginning of this amazing story. A helpful chap at Apple has been very honest, the laptop is old and Apple no longer hold parts to repair it. the burning/ crackling sound that came from it pretty much confirm its death. Repair is not a viable route, so it has to be replaced.
Share this story
Updates appear here
Simon Sommerville started crowdfunding
Leave a message of support
Dec 27, 2018
Good luck with the continuation of your project.
Dec 24, 2018
Thank you Simon with my Ed Deschaine project. Your website was a gold mine. Merry Christmas!
Become a supporter
Help Simon Sommerville raise more