AJ-A memorial unveiling confirmed for Friday 18 May at 11am

News just in from the appeal for a memorial near the spot on the Dutch coast where Melvin Young’s AJ-A was shot down returning from the Dams Raid, early in the morning of Monday 17 May 1943.

Local organiser Jan van Dalen has announced that the appeal has now raised over €4600, and that a local stonemason has been commissioned. The unveiling of the memorial will take place at 11.00 am local time on Friday 18 May 2018, at Castricum aan Zee. The ceremony is near the beach entrance and relatives of the crew, donors, members of 617 Squadron Association and members of the public are all welcome at the unveiling.

The crew are buried in the nearby Bergen General Cemetery for any attendees who want to go on to the cemetery to pay their respects.

Pic: Wikimedia



8 thoughts on “AJ-A memorial unveiling confirmed for Friday 18 May at 11am

  1. Mary Burnside January 31, 2018 / 12:51 pm

    Good afternoon. Great news that the memorial will go ahead.

  2. Patricia Desmier (née Spafford) January 31, 2018 / 7:51 pm

    Wonderful news this morning and congratulations for your achievement.My thoughts will be with you all and with the family members throughout.Well done from Australia.💙

  3. Volker Schuermann February 3, 2018 / 9:40 pm

    Great. Hope to meet a lot of old friends. See you in May 2018 in Castricum an Zee.

  4. Belinda Brown February 10, 2018 / 2:44 pm

    Excellent. I am related to Gordon Yeo and will be there for the unveiling of the memorial.

    • Scott Carruthers February 11, 2018 / 12:18 am

      I too will be there as Lawrence Nichols was my Great Uncle.
      I’m also going to the Albert Hall the night before for the screening of the Dambusters film so really looking forward to it all.

    • J.Francis December 18, 2020 / 3:11 pm

      I am researching information on Gordon Yeo for my elderly father. My father is 1st cousin to Gordon Yeo and living in North Wales. I would love to be able to contact any living relatives.
      Many thanks in advance

      • charlesfoster December 18, 2020 / 5:35 pm

        I’m in touch with some other members of the family, so I will email them and put them in touch with you. — CF

  5. Andy May 14, 2018 / 6:04 pm

    Hi Charles, looking forward to the ceremony on Friday.
    Hopefully you will have one or two copies of your new book with you.

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