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Britain To Bury WWII RAF Halifax Aircrew Lost Over Poland

An interesting little snippet I came across....

Aero-News has learned remains discovered last year of the aircrew
from a WWII RAF Halifax bomber -- shot down over Poland in August
1944 while on a special operation at the time of the Warsaw
Uprising -- will be buried with appropriate military honors in
Krakow, Poland on Thursday, October 4.

The service, which will be attended by family members of the crew,
will take place during the anniversary week marking the end of the
Warsaw Uprising, which concluded in October 1944.

The Ministry of Defense tells ANN the Halifax, manned by a mixed
British, Canadian and Irish crew, was on route from Brindisi in Italy
to drop supplies at a location 60 kilometers southeast of Warsaw when
it was shot down by an enemy fighter close to the town of Dabrowa
Tarnowska, approximately 110 kilometers east of Krakow.

On October 4, a memorial service will take place in the Garrison
Church in Krakow, followed by the rededication service, which will
take place in the Commonwealth War Graves cemetery within Krakow's
Rakowicki Cemetery. The rededication will involve personnel from the
RAF's Queens Colour Squadron and the Canadian Forces, as well as the
families of the crew.

Halifax JP276, from 148 Squadron, took off from Brindisi, Italy at
19:56 hours on 4th August 1944 to carry out a special operation over
Southern Poland. From the time of take-off nothing further was heard.

On board were Flight Lieutenant Arnold Raymond Blynn, RCAF Pilot;
Flying Officer Harold Leonard Brown, RCAF Wireless Operator; Pilot
Officer George Alfred Chapman, RCAF Navigator; Flight Sergeant Arthur
George William Liddell, RCAF Air Gunner; Flight Sergeant Charles
Burton Wylie, RCAF Bomb Aimer; Sergeant Kenneth James Ashmore, RAF
(VR) Air Gunner; and Sergeant Frederick George Wenham, RAF (VR)
Flight Engineer.

Eyewitnesses later said the aircraft experienced problems near the
town on Dabrowa Tarnowska, and was on fire and flying in the
direction of the village of Morzychna. The aircraft was seen to
suddenly stop in mid-air before crashing, killing all seven crew

Due to the presence of occupying enemy forces the remains that were
discovered at the time were buried in secret in the town of Dabrowa
Tarnowska. These remains were later exhumed and reburied in the
Krakow Rakowicki Cemetery.

In 2006, a Polish team from the Rising Museum in Warsaw located
remains at the crash site on the outskirts of Dabrowa Tarnowska. In
October 2006 the site was excavated and aircraft wreckage and
artefacts belonging to JP276 were recovered. During the excavation
human remains were recovered.

In accordance with Ministry of Defense policy and the wishes of the
families the remains will be buried in a single casket/ossuary. The
crew of Halifax JP276 are commemorated on the Runnymede memorial,
which overlooks the river Thames on Cooper's Hill, Englefield Green.

Re: Britain To Bury WWII RAF Halifax Aircrew Lost Over Poland

What, no representative of the Irish government?