Shere Fraser in her home in Washington State. Pic: Calgary Herald
There is much local interest in Alberta about the return of a photo album to the family of the Canadian Dambuster to whom it belonged, according to this report in the Calgary Herald.
As we said in the previous post, the album was the property of Canadian navigator Ken Earnshaw, who was killed on the Dams Raid in May 1943. It was found by police in 2015 in the London home of Alex Bateman, who was sent to prison in February for the theft of the RCAF logbook of Earnshaw’s comrade John Fraser. It is believed that Bateman also stole Earnshaw’s logbook but no prosecution was brought on this matter.
The police entrusted the photo album to Fraser’s daughter Shere, who was present at the sentencing hearing in London. She brought it back to Canada and will hand it over it to Earnshaw’s nephew Jim Heather on Saturday 22 April. The event will take place at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada in Nanton, Alberta.
Thanks to Jim Heather.
My heartiest congratulations go to Shere for her tenacity and bravery in bringing this matter to a head and ensuring justice prevailed. Hopefully one day they will get their logbook back. Personally I’d keep Bateman inside until he revealed what happened to it.
Ditto the above comment from Tony Knight! Well done Shere, family and friends. For once the law has worked. Fingers and toes x’d for the return of their own property.
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I recently joined your Dambusters blog and have now had time to explore the wealth of information available .The photos are superb and in many cases so personal with reminders of a great generation. Although I do not have any information to contribute I will look forward to new posts and articles.
Bruce James Sydney, Australia >