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NAUJAC-SUR-MER COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVE

Spotted this in a very out of the way place today.

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I pulled up for a rest while on a bike ride and noticed a small Commonwealth War Graves plaque on the cemetery wall in a tiny village called Naujac-sur-mer. Not many Commonwealth personnel fought in or above this area, so I decided to have a look.

Inside was a neat and well tended plot containing the graves of a seven man Stirling bomber crew, whose aircraft was shot down on 11th March 1944 while on a mine-laying mission off the French coast. The aircraft came down at Le Pin Sec with the loss of all crew.

The names are:

Sgt C R West RAF Navigator
Sgt A Tym RAF Flight Engineer
Flt Sgt T G D Mills RAAF
Sgt N Ebsworth RAF Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner
Sgt J Clark RAF Air Gunner
Sgt R H Cantwell RAAF Air Gunner
Flt Sgt K F Allen RAAF

(RAAF – Royal Australian Air Force)

Four were 24 or under, the oldest 34.

If by any chance the names mean anything to any of my readers, rest assured they are being well looked after. Naujac is about 55kms north-west of Bordeaux, in the Médoc.

On a lighter note, I have a number of pictures of a trip to St Emilion which I hope to have here by the end of the week, once I have been through them.

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Naujac-sur-mer Commonwealth War Grave

Tagged: , on August 1, 2012 by cubsur51

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