Sint Niklaas Commemoration

550 Squadron Commemoration May 2014

A selection of photographs from the Commemoration Service in Sint Niklaas, Belgium in May 2014. Family members of the crew were joined by members of the 550 Squadron Association as well as Belgian civil and military representatives.

Many thanks to Louis Michels and others for permission to put these pictures up on the web-site.

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Sint Niklaas, May 2014

550 Squadron Association Visit to Sint Niklaas

In May 2014 the families of the crew, RAF 550 Squadron Association and representatives from Rebecq and Westerlo took part in the commemorations in Sint Niklaas for the Dukelow crew. In addition the procession to the graves was accompanied by the Canadian Ambassador, local dignitaries, children from local schools and pipers. Some photographs from the visit are shown below, including the commemoration in the cemetery and the reception that followed in the Stadhuis.

Item in Belgian media: Emotional tribute to the seven crew members killed

See also the tribute on the : Sint Niklaas (Rebecq memorial) web-page.

Click image Sint Niklaas Communal Cemetery
L-to-R: P/O Dukelow, P/O Dunham, P/O MacDuff, Sgt Bruty, Sgt Javis, Sgt Towsley, Sgt Mayo
Wreaths from Rebecq, Belgium, Canada, several local remembrance organisations and local authorities, 550 Squadron Association
Single flowers laid to each grave by local school children
Click image L-to-R: Jack Harris, William Albertyn, Burgermeister of Sint Niklaas
(on presentation of "The Phantom of the Ruhr" by the 550 Squadron Association to William Albertyn)
Click image L-to-R: Canadian military representative, W/Cmdr Jack Harris (550 Sqdn), -, Canadian Ambassador, -
Click image Reception in Sint Niklaas Stadhuis
Click image Sint Niklaas Stadhuis
Click image 550 Squadron Association members and others (from Westerlo)

All Saint's Day, 2014

All Saint's Day, 1st November 2014. Thanks to William Albertyn for making the photographs available.

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