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    From a clipping in a Dutch newspaper (Algemeen Dagblad):
    Wreckage of Stirling BK710 of 149 Sqn, lost 25/26-5-1943, located in IJsselmeer (former Zuyderzee) December 2008; wreckage parts found by divers in April 2009 and a/c serial identified. Decision whether or not the wreckage (and possible mortal remains of the crew) will be recovered will be taken somewhere in August this year.
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    Thanks for interesting post Henk!
    For myself it is very difficult - as it was discussed also here on this forum - recover or not? On one hand it would be nice when the relatives may finally buried their heroes but ... On the other hand the wreckage became the joint grave for the crew who spend many nice and difficult times altogether, they got killed together and were there together for nearly 70 years... maybe I am getting a little bit nostalgic.

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    I agree with you Pavel. However in the clipping is mentioned that the still living wife of one of the crewmembers prefers a reburial "IFF" the wreckage will be salvaged. In the article even is a copy of a letter of "The Prince of Wales" dated 7th June 2010 addressed to her.

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    Henk and Pavel,

    I am very sympathetic towards the views expressed in your posts but, at the end of day, if next of kin have a desire to claim the remains of their relative(s) for proper re-burial, I think this should carry the most weight. The more so as one crew member already appears to have been buried separately, in Hamburg I believe.

    Many thanks, Henk, for alerting us to this recent news about BK710. If it's not too much trouble, could you keep us informed about further developments? Although, obviously, I read Dutch, I am totally dependent on the internet here in England.

    Hans

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    This is a misidentification for BK716 which is in the news

    https://www.omroepflevoland.nl/nieuw...ig-dan-gedacht


    http://aircrewremembered.com/harris-john.html
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    More here:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-51249752

    An updated version of an article that appeared at the weekend with a photo of a Lancaster, and called the bomber a Short Sterling...!!

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    Simon

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