Remains of RAF airmen who died during WW2 buried during ceremonies

Remains of RAF airmen who died during WW2 buried during ceremonies

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number of ceremonies have taken place commemorating the sacrifices of Royal Air Force (RAF) airmen who died during the Second World War.

A number of full navy burial services, organised by the Ministry of Defence, laid to relaxation a number of men at Jonkerbos War Cemetery within the Netherlands this week.

Among them was Flight Sergeant William Robert Stephen Hurrell, whose stays have been buried 78 years after he was killed in motion.

He was killed when his RAF Typhoon was hit by an enemy airplane over Arnhem in September 1944.

His stays have been found in 2019 after Dutch authorities excavated the crash web site on farmland close to the village of Eefde, Lochem.

He was flying in a formation of six plane on an armed reconnaissance north of Arnhem once they have been attacked by up to 60 enemy fighter planes.

The service was attended by members of Flt Sgt Hurrell’s family, who had travelled from Australia, representatives of the RAF, the British Embassy within the Netherlands, and dignitaries from the municipality of Lochem.

Personnel from the RAF’s Queen’s Colour Squadron (QCS) bore his coffin.

An extra ceremony additionally laid to relaxation one airman’s extra stays.

Tracey Bowers, of the MOD, said: “It has been an absolute privilege to arrange this ceremony for Flt Sgt William Hurrell and I am grateful for the help given by the community of Lochem.

“I am honoured to stand alongside his military and blood family to pay him this final tribute.”

His nice niece Brydie Hurrell, said: “We grew up knowing that Bill was shot down at the end of the war and that his parents had never found him. We knew he was in the Netherlands – we just weren’t sure where exactly.

“When we heard about the salvage project we were over the moon. Representing the rest of my family back home means a lot.

“Bill’s parents and his brother, my grandfather, died never knowing where he was, but we know have closure for them and for ourselves.”

On Wednesday, the RAF and the Royal Canadian Air Force additionally held a joint ceremony for the seven-strong British and Canadian crew of Stirling BK716 No. 218 (Gold Coast) Squadron.

After leaving Downham Market, Norfolk, on March 29, 1943 for a raid on Berlin, their flight was designated “missing believed killed”.

The crash web site was later positioned in Lake Markermeer and, in 2020, the stays have been eliminated.

Those remembered during the service have been: Flying Officer John Frederick Harris RAF, Flying Officer Harry Gregory Farrington RCAF, Flying Officer John Michael Campbell RAF, Sergeant Charles Armstrong Bell RAF, Flight Sergeant John Francis James McCaw RCAF, Sergeant Ronald Kennedy RAF and Sergeant Leonard Richard James Shrubsall RAF.

Liverpool-born RAF airman John Stuart Mee Bromley was additionally laid to relaxation 82 years after his plane was shot down close to Dordrecht.

There was additionally a blessing ceremony held at Idaarderadeel (Wartena) General Cemetery for Pilot Officer Peter Clement Vellacott Joslin of Hornchurch, who died when his Lancaster bomber crashed in September 1942.

Source: customary.co.uk

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