ME683 EM-W Memorial, Meeuwen - the Corless crew

At 17 OTU Silverstone in early 1944 before the F/E Ken Barnes joined, in front of a Wellington:
L-R: Bruce Somers, Joe Mireault, Raphael De Casagrande, Alvin Corless, Stan Bore, James Magoffin
source: English

Ken Barnes' sister Sheila Christie had a mass said for her brother and the crew at her church, Parish of the Sacred Heart and St. Margaret Mary, Dereham, Norfolk on May 8 2005, the morning of the service in Meeuwen and the dedication of the memorial to the crew

Ken Barnes, Flight Engineer, when training
source: Christie

Bruce Somers' sister Norah Alkins and her two sons Bill and James took part in the 207 Sqn Assocation visit to Meeuwen

Bruce Somers and Alvin Corless: source: Christie

Joe Mireault's brother in law Joe English (625 Sqn) and his nephew Allan English were located on a Canadian veterans trip to Europe and were able to attend the ceremonies in Meeuwen

Joe Mireault, Air Gunner
source: English

Raphael De Casagrande's family turned out in force - two sisters and 31 other relatives of all ages; another sister would have come but for an accident at home.

Raphael De Casagrande
source: Mapley

Alvin Corless's 90 year old sister has subsequently been found. She is now blind and lives in a care home. Her husband died a couple of years ago. Alvin had another brother in the air force who survived the war but has since passed on.

Alvin Corless, pilot
source: Christie

Stan Bore - we think he had three brothers and we plan to do more searching - can you help?

Stanley Bore, Wireless Operator/AG
source: Christie

James Magoffin's
sisters Ferne Melvin and Yvonne Gray took part in the 207 Sqn Assocation visit to Meeuwen

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