Thread: HMS Abel Tasman
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Old 29-12-2012, 19:03
manowari manowari is offline
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Thank you for the background to Elliots burial. In September 1940 four German aircrew from a Heinkel bomber were buried within about twenty feet of his grave and caused a huge outcry in the local press re burying of Nazi aircrew in a British cemetery. This went on for a few days until a local lady wrote in and stated her son was a pilot and flying over Germany and she hoped that if he was killed that the Germans would give him a decent burial. That put an end to this rather vitriolic outburst..The Germans remained in the cemetery until moved to Cannock Chase in the 1960s...
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