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    Default Memorial in Cantalupa Italy-Radio broadcast .

    I haven't worked out how I will listen to this in UK only having a digital radio but it might be of interest to some ? Carlo Oreglia is an Italian presenter on SBS radio in Melbourne. He wrote this article .
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    On a foggy September day in 2013 , in a windswept town tucked in the Italian Alps, two Australian women experience how their families’ sacrifice is still commemorated in a country once considered the enemy.

    For Kathy Hind and Anne Storm, the search for information on what happened to their family members, WWII airmen serving in Italy, has been a long process.

    Kathy Hind’s uncle, *Flight Sergeant Clarence William Lawton and Anne Storm’s father, **Flight Officer Thomas Roberts Millar, were both killed whilst dropping supplies to Italian partisans in Northern Italy on October 12, 1944.**F/O Millar's plane with 8 crew is still missing .*Flt/Sgt Lawton's plane, with 8 crew, crashed on Mt Freidour northern Italy.Both crews, with 18 other plane crews , were on the same mission .

    Their doomed mission was hampered by poor weather and of the 20 planes that set out, only 14 returned, with 48 men lost.

    One of the planes, carrying Flight Sergeant Lawton, crashed in heavy fog on Monte Freidour – above the tiny Italian alpine town of Cantalupa.

    The crash largely faded from the town’s memory until 50 years later when the Cantalupa Mayor chanced upon the still visible crash site and debris whilst on a mountain walk.

    Since then, this tiny Italian village of just 2000 people has been holding a yearly commemorative service to honour the men who died on that mission.

    In September 2013, 69 years after that fateful mission, Kathy Hind and Anne Storm travel to Cantalupa with SBS Radio’s Carlo Oreglia, to visit the site and attend the memorial honouring their uncle and father respectively, as well as the 46 other airmen who were lost that night.

    The result is narrated on video and in two radio documentaries in English and Italian called‘Distant Heroes’, to be broadcast nationally on SBS.

    For Kathy, Lawton's niece ,the trip to Cantalupa brought a sense of closure, and gratefulness to the town’s people for recognising her uncle's sacrifice, saying “It’s quite amazing that so many people would care that much after almost 70 years, and overwhelming that they show such respect for the Allies at that time…it was very overwhelming.”

    For Anne, Millar's daughter , however, who has spent over a decade trying to find her father’s final resting place, the search is not over.

    “I’ve written to villages and mayors of towns and diving companies…where the plane was…somebody might find it, but I haven’t had many replies, at least hopefully they’ve still got my name and address,” she said.

    ‘Distant Heroes’ will air on 21 April in English on SBS World News Radio at 6am

    It will air in Italian on SBS Radio Italian, at 8am on 25 April

    The video, in English, will be available on www.sbs.com.au/news on 25 April
    English radio doco: Monday 21 April at 6am (which is 9pm on Sunday in London). You can listen to it live on 1440am. The best way if you are overseas is www.sbs.com.au/radio and listen to it on streaming.

    Italian radio doco: Friday 25 April at 8am (11pm in England). Live on 93.10fm in Melbourne, 105.5 Canberra.

    World News Australia: the SBS TV News Bulletin will also show nationally a two minute story done with grabs from the video documentary and they will redirect everyone to the news website, where you can find everything: video, two radio docos and a photo gallery.

    This is where you can watch and listen to everything: www.sbs.com.au/news.
    The video documentary will be also available on www.sbs.com.au/ondemand.

    Anne

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    Dear Anne
    Thank you for posting this update on your search for your father. I am sure that many here hope that one day you will be successful in your quest.
    Best wishes as ever.
    James

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    James
    Many thanks

    Anne

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