Dutch villagers seek relatives of airmen

The villagers of Boerdonk, the Netherlands, are seeking relatives of Royal Canadian Air Force aircrew shot down in a 426 Squadron Wellington aircraft on Feb. 26, 1943. Three RCAF and two Royal Air Force crew members were killed and one RCAF crew member survived and became a prisoner of war.

The village is planning to erect a memorial to the fallen on Sept. 19, alongside a memorial already in place, which lists the crew of an RAF Lancaster killed near the same location. They would like to locate relatives so that they may attend the dedication or are made aware that the fallen have not been forgotten by the people of the Netherlands.

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The one from Victoria who died wasFlying Officer John Philip Monckton, navigator, aged 23. Anything that can be done to help locate his relatives would be appreciated.

Jim Shipton

426 Thunderbird Squadron Association

84 Chesterton Drive

Ottawa, Ont. K2E 5T6

613-224-8735

jimshipton@rogers.com

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