Pressemitteilungen Tuesday July 15, Reuters


Wartime flyers buried in Germany

BERLIN  - Six crew members of a World War Two Australian bomber, including two Britons, have been buried in Berlin, nearly 60 years after they were shot down while on a raid near the German capital. The men, four Australians and two Britons, were serving with 467 Squadron of the Royal Australian Airforce when their Lancaster bomber went down in January 1944 over the town of Oranienburg, 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Berlin. Ivan Durston, Phillip Gill, Robert Ludlow, Jack Sutherland, Francis Aver and Harold Fry were interred next to a seventh crew member, Sidney Griffiths, who was buried in the Berlin War Cemetery in 1947. The remains were recovered after the wreckage of the plane was discovered in 1997 by a German Aviation Historical Group in a wooded German army training area. The men were identified using dental records. Family members of the crew flew in from Britain and Australia to attend the funeral ceremony, ....which comes two months after the body of another wartime British pilot, Wing Commander Adrian Warburton, was buried near Munich.