26 Oct 2010

Dutch memorial

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:17 pm on 26 October 2010

Lorraine Gray never knew her father. She was born the day after Trevor Hedley Roland Gray sailed from New Zealand to fight in World War II. A pilot in the RAF, his Wellington bomber was shot down over the northern part of the Netherlands in 1941. It was chased by German flying ace Helmut Lent following a night bombing raid over Berlin. Villagers from Akkrum believe the crew crash-landed the plane in a bog to avoid hitting the village. It sank into the ground, killing all six crew members. Now, 69 years to the day after his death, Lorraine is returning to the small village to witness the unveiling of a memorial to the father she never knew, and the other men who lost their lives that day.