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    Search for relatives of four airman killed in Belgium.

    We are trying to trace relatives of four crew members of bomber Wellington N2849 from 103 RAF squadron, shot down during the Second World War.

    Squadron Leader (Pilot) Dermot Daly Aloysius, Kelly; son of Denis Patrick Joseph Kelly and May Agnes Kelly of Barnes, Surrey.
    Sergeant (Pilot) John Douglas, MacVicar; son of John E. MacVicar and Alice M. MacVicar of Ayer’s Cliff, Province of Quebec, Canada.
    Sergeant William Connell; Son of Joseph and Helen Connell, of Glasgow.
    Sergeant George Houghton, son of George and Aurora Houghton of Torquay, Devon.

    It was a six man crew aboard a Wellington on June 16, 1941, when it crash-landed in the city of Hamont-Achel (Belgium).
    All six men died and their bodies were laid to rest in the local cemetery.
    At that time, only five crew members were positively identified by the German authorities.
    The local Belgian people paid tribute to the airmen's sacrifices, flowers were laid on their graves and crosses erected.

    After the war all six of the bodies were identified, and they are now at the Commonwealth War Cemetery of Heverlee, Belgium.

    On June 20, 2009, the “Oorlogsherdenkingen RAF Memorial group” will unveil a memorial plaque in Hamont-Achel.
    René Winters, committee member of the group, is keen to hear from relatives of the crew.
    He said: "We hope to trace any family members because we would like to invite them to attend our dedication service on June 20.
    "The service marks our work with this long overdue, but never forgotten, historical project."
    The Wellington took off on the night of June 16/17, 1941, from RAF base Newton, Nottinghamshire, to bomb harbour installations at the Rhine in Duisburg.
    René added: "In the target area the visibility varied from good to moderate. A thin ground fog hampered the accurate aiming for the bombing load.
    Because bomb-aiming was not yet accurate in 1941, not one Wellington could drop its bombs right on the target.
    As a result of this, civilian targets in the city of Duisburg were also hit and there were civilian casualties.
    The Wellingtons were caught in search lights and they encountered heavy flak. Beside that, they were attacked by several German night fighters.
    The Wellington went out of control and crashed at 2.25am. It is highly probable that the plane broke apart."

    Anyone with information about the crew should email René at

    For more details see website Grevenbroekmuseum:

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    I've emailed you with a few suggestions,Houghtons in Torquay in directory & a Torquay area newspaper website


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