207 SQUADRON ROYAL AIR FORCE HISTORY
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
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
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
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
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
Stan Bore - we think he had three brothers and we plan to do more searching - can you help?
Stanley Bore, Wireless Operator/AG
James Magoffin's sisters Ferne Melvin and Yvonne Gray took part in the 207 Sqn Assocation visit to Meeuwen
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