New Memorial to be unveiled in The Netherlands. (Lancaster Aircrew Memorial)

The Aircrew Remembrance Society has been cooperating with Dutch Historian Jaap Geenson for many years. In 2014 our chairman David King was able to identify items recovered by Jaap on the Dutch coast line, as coming from a Lancaster aircraft. A memorial to the crew of this Lancaster II, LL720 408 Sqdn, will now be unveiled on the 9th November 2019. The relatives of two of the crew members have been located, those of F/O J. Bonneville, RCAF and  P/O E. Dramnitzki, RCAF. The search continues for relatives of the other five.…

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LAST FLIGHT TO STUTTGART: SEARCHING FOR THE BOMBER BOYS OF LANCASTER EQ-P

A woman’s journey to uncover the fate of seven RCAF crewmen who perished in the Second World War. For most of her life, Lisa Russ knew little about her second cousin, Robert “Bud” George Alfred Burt. All she had were two grainy photos, a poem Bud had written shortly before his death, and the knowledge that he was a tail gunner in a Lancaster bomber during the Second World War. It was only when Russ—a self-described “discouraged modern-day war bride”—found herself displaced, unemployed, and homesick in Australia that she began…

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Consul General of France honours a World War II Bomber Pilot at Victoria’s Veterans Memorial Lodge

September 29, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Consul General of France honours a World War II Bomber Pilot at Victoria’s Veterans Memorial Lodge. September 29, 2019 Victoria BC – Broadmead Care’s Veterans Memorial Lodge was host this afternoon to Consul General of France for Western Canada located in Vancouver, Mr. Philippe Sutter, as he acknowledged resident Mr. Edward Vaughan for his contribution in liberating France during the Second World War. At 96 years old, Mr. Vaughan has been inducted into the French Legion of Honour. The Legion d’Honneur is the highest…

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Crash site WW2 Bomber found in Germany, 408 Sqn RCAF, Halifax NP711

Dear Madam/Sir       My Name is Erik Wieman. I am co-founder of IG Heimatforschung Rheinland-Pfalz/Historical Research Community Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. We are connected to the archaeological services of Speyer. I am a dutch national, living in Germany since 1992.        I want to inform you about the fact we have found the crash site of Halifax NP711, 408 Sqn. RCAF/Royal Canadian Air Force. It crashed in the night 21st/22nd. Feb. 1945 near Leistadt/Germany, close to the City of Worms, its main target. After I heard about the…

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A Memorial to a Hampden Crew.

On the night of 31 July 1942 at 23.39 Handley Page Hampden AE 244 of 408 Squadron RCAF lifted off from RAF Balderton and headed for its target, Dusseldorf. The crew were, Pilot Sgt Orval Nelson RCAF, Observer Sgt Herbert Warr RAAF, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner F/Sgt Clarence Lloyd RCAF and Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner Sgt Harold Price RAFVR Having reached the target and successfully bombed they were just coming off the target when they were coned in searchlights. Orval Nelson takes up the story in a letter before he died,…

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