‘Somebody’s thinking about these boys’: New memorial in German town to honour doomed RCAF bomber crew
Memorial to Lancaster LL687 will mark the spot where bomber fell in 1944, killing 7 Canadian airmen
By Stephen Smith, CBC News Posted: Jul 09, 2017 6:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 09, 2017 1:27 PM ET
Audrey Somers has done her best over the last 73 years to put the death of her 23-year-old brother Harold behind her, but it’s caught up with her yet again.
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At 87, she vividly recalls the moment the telegram arrived at her family’s Hamilton, Ont., home, informing her parents that the brother she describes as “loving but quiet” was missing in action over Germany.
“I was upstairs in my bedroom, and my mother came running up and told me,” Somers said.
“She kneeled at the side of the bed and said the Lord’s Prayer.”
“The next day my father’s hair turned grey.”
Summoning that memory still brings tears today, as Somers talks about the memorial to be unveiled in Germany later this month near the spot where the wreckage of her brother’s Royal Canadian Air Force bomber fell to earth after it was hit by anti-aircraft fire in the early hours of July 29, 1944