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    Good Evening. A family friend and son are heading off to Maastricht this summer to visit the resting place of his brother and uncle. Looking for directions and possible info into his loss on April 27/28,1944 on an op to Montzen.
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    Richard
    If they are buried in the Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery these are directions -from the www.cwgc.org site .
    Put in names of the uncle & brother in the "search our records" section .Then when you have the name, click on it ,it will move to a new page & the grave row & number should be given .
    I presume taxi drivers will know where the cemetery is located

    Anne

    MAASTRICHT GENERAL CEMETERY
    Country: Netherlands
    Locality: unspecified
    Location Information: Maastricht is a large town on the River Maas, close to the Belgian frontier, 40 kilometres north of Liege in Belgium. The General Cemetery is in the south-west of the town in the Tongenseweg, the main road from Maastricht to Tongeren. From the main entrance, turn right inside the cemetery and go past the chapel. Take the fourth path on the left and the Commonwealth war graves will be found along here.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 38

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    Hi Richard
    From RAF Bomber Command Losses Vol 5, W R Chorley.419 Sqn Halifax II,VR-R,JN954,left Middleton St George at 2326 on 27/4/44 to attack Montzen. They were shot down by a night fighter and crashed at Heer in the SE Suburbs of Maastricht. The all Canadian crew lost their lives and as Anne has indicated are buried in Maastricht General Cemetery.
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    Richard

    What is the name of the brother & uncle ?
    Your can then look him up in www.cwgc.org site or others might have more information .

    As Dick has written -all crew were RCAF

    Anne

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    Default From 6 Group daily reports pages

    And there is this from the excellent 6 Group pages
    http://www.rcaf.com/6group/April44/April27~28.html

    P/O R. McIvor RCAF and crew, flying Halifax II JN-954 coded VR-R, failed to return from this operation.

    Sgt S. Ridgen RCAF
    W/O2 J. Bremner RCAF
    P/O S. Goulding RCAF
    W/O1 W. Claridge RCAF
    P/O K. Tucker RCAF
    P/O E. Dujay RCAF

    All were killed.

    This was the last operation in which 419 Squadron used the Halifax II.
    David

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    Thank you all for replying. I was hoping that someone in the vicinity may have some first hand info into this loss. Possibly news article, photo etc.
    Richard.

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    Toronto Star listed pilot McIvor as missing 3 Jun 1944, listed him again as presumed dead 16 Jan. 1945. No story. No mention in The Globe and Mail that I could find.

    Who are your family members? Do you have info on them from Canadian newspapers?
    David

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