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A request…

My name is CWO Frank Raeman MSM and I am a proud serving member of the Belgian Army. Since the age of 11, my interest has been the 154 airmen of the Air Forces who lost their life and who are or were buried at three cemeteries nearby: Adegem Canadian War cemetery, Eeklo Town cemetery and Maldegem Communal cemetery.

In fact my interest goes to a total of 209 airmen, including those who were taken POW or managed to get back to England. My goal is to write the story about those men but also a biography including where they came from, who were they, what was their background, when and where did they join, where were they initialy buried, where are they reburied.

All of this will be illustrated, when possible of course, with a photograph of the airmen, their initial and present burial place, etc. As you can understand it has been and still is a work of many hours but through all the years I am very happy to have been helped by families and friends of the airmen and the help of numerous researchers and (amateur) historians all over the world.

Now I would like to ask you very humbly if you or your contacts could help me find a photograph and/or information of the following Canadians I am still looking for?

Here are their names:

Sgt Bradley, Norman William RCAF 419 Sqn (POW June 17, 1942),

FSgt George, Richard RCAF 25 OTU ( KIA September 11, 1942),

Sgt Hutchinson, David RCAF 408 Sqn (POW June 13, 1943),

WO King, William RCAF 409 Sqn (Safe December 12, 1944),

FO Love, Fred RCAF (POW May 2, 1944),

Sgt McGowan, Norman RCAF 14 OTU (POW August 1, 1942),

FL McKenna, Donald RCAF 403 Sqn (KIA September 8, 1941),

PO McLean, David RCAF 14 OTU (KIA August 1, 1942),

WO2 Noble, George RCAF 101 Sqn (POW July 21, 1944),

Sgt Rayment, Frederick RCAF 408 Sqn (POW June 13, 1943),

PO Trites, Alan RCAF 51 Sqn (POW August 19, 1941)

PO John Watson RCAF (POW May 31, 1941).

I know it is a long shot but these are the last of the 97 RCAF airmen I am looking for. I want to stipulate that I am only looking for scans or duplicates of photographs and documents relating to the airmen and that it is not my intention to obtain original items! My sole goal is to write the book so people will know what happened and will be able to see who those men were instead of imaginating them when visiting one of the headstones at the three above named cemeteries.

I am still looking for a number of RAF casualties too so if you want their names, please feel free to contact me at

raeman-carels@telenet.be

Thank you in advance.

Yours sincerely, CWO Frank Raeman MSM

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Lest We Forget – Remembrance Day 2018

Last month I got this message about paying homage to a sailor.

My husband’s Uncle was William Donald McCrindle. He is one of the missing men from that fatal night. We are going to France next week and making our way to Roscoff, Isle de Batz and area by end of month. He will be the first of his family to go to Donald’s final resting place. Donald was very close to my husband’s mother and his last letter was to her. Overwhelming to finally have family go.

To be continued here

HMCS Athabaskan 11

Remembrance Day 2018 – Leading Stoker Ralph Cummins

Remembrance Day 2018 will remember all the sailors who were aboard HMCS Athabaskan G07 on April 29th, 1944.

These two photos were shared by Paul Sulkers whose father was Herm Sulkers.

Old photo - WW 11-2_mod

old photo WW 110002

Paul had a mission to identify all these sailors. Many were identified since 2009. Everytime someone would write a comment about his or her relative I would go full speed ahead to find more about him.

This was the case of Leading Stoker Ralph Cummins yesterday. 

My grandfather was POW on this ship. I am not sure of his position, his name was Ralph Cummins and I am positive he is #9 in the group photo. I can’t tell you how it touches my heart to see these pictures.

Gérard Tourangeau

 

 

A comment on a post

Last night I got this comment made on a post I wrote on August 28, 2009.

My husband’s Uncle was William Donald McCrindle. He is one of the missing men from that fatal night. We are going to France next week and making our way to Roscoff, Isle de Batz and area by end of month. He will be the first of his family to go to Donald’s final resting place. Donald was very close to my husband’s mother and his last letter was to her. Overwhelming to finally have family go.

I was just starting to write about something I had never heard about. What made me write about the sinking of the Unlucky Lady was something my wife’s uncle told us at a family reunion in July 2009.

I just got curious…

Click here…

Excerpt

MCCRINDLE, William Donald, AB, V-1854, RCNVR, MPK – 29 Apr 1944 – MISSING: AB William Donald McCrindle, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. McCrindle, Nipawin, was reported missing after the sinking of the Athabaskan in a channel engagement last week. He was born at Codette, Sask., educated at Pontrilas, and enlisted in the navy at Saskatoon in 1942. About six months ago he was posted to the Athabaskan. Besides the parents there is a brother, Barry, at home; two sisters, Cora, at home, and Mrs. J. Clarke, at Choiceland, Sask. (The Regina Leader-Post 08 May 1944)


This is Post 1339 on Lest We Forget.