Families gather to open new AJ-A memorial

Members of the families of the crew of AJ-A join with Jan and Macy van Dalen and John Bell of the 617 Squadron Association after the unveiling of the memorial at Castricum aan Zee on the Dutch coast. This was the aircraft piloted by Sqn Ldr Melvin Young on the night of the Dams Raid. It was the fourth to attack the Mohne Dam and caused the initial breach which led to its collapse.

The monument was unveiled by Belinda Brown, cousin of front gunner Gordon Yeo, the youngest member of the crew and Geoffrey Sturr, nephew of Melvin Young, the pilot.

Two Dambuster daughters. Left, Jill Owen (née Nichols), daughter of Sgt Laurie Nichols, and Angela McDonnold (née MacCausland) daughter of Flg Off Vincent MacCausland.

The Young and Ibbotson families in the cemetery in the nearby town of Bergen where the crew is buried.

Len and Sandra Brown, representing the family of Charles Roberts.

The family of Gordon Yeo.

Angela McDonnold (née MacCausland)

Photos: 617 Squadron Netherlands Aircrew Memorial Foundation/Dambusters Blog

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2 thoughts on “Families gather to open new AJ-A memorial

  1. Georgina Murray May 19, 2018 / 9:14 am

    what a fabulous occasion it was, so exciting and moving to be a part of it. Thanks to all those involved in making it happen – the service, the memorial, the speakers, flyover and the lunch. Georgina and Jill Owen

  2. viv challice May 19, 2018 / 6:20 pm

    What a special day this was ,just wish i could have been there i am just so glad that Len and Sandra Brown were there to represent Charles,all of these men will never be forgotten

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