(NETHERLANDS) JUST IN: Dutch salvage workers have found some bone fragments and scraps of airmen’s clothing in the debris of an RAF Wellington bomber shot down over the Netherlands in June 1941 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.13: The Wellington had a six-man Czech crew, five of whom died. It was downed by a German night fighter, crashing at Nieuwe Niedorp, a village about 60km (37 miles) north of Amsterdam.

Dutch find Czech crew remains at WW2 RAF bomber crash site: A week ago the Czech Ambassador to the Netherlands, Katerina Sequensova, visited the site, where recovery work began on 25 May. Civil engineers and the Dutch defence ministry are involved, including military forensic identification specialists.

Getty Images: Two of the Czechoslovak crew shown here – Karel Valach (1st left) and Vilem Konstacky (4th from left) – died in the June raid

It had been bombing the port of Bremen.

The dig is part of a wider Dutch project to find wartime crews’ remains.

Czech Embassy/HagueThe Czech ambassador (L) met the salvage team at the crash site

In World War Two the RAF’s 311 (Czechoslovak) Squadron had airmen who had fled Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and had then had combat experience in Poland or France. It was based at RAF East Wretham, near Thetford in Norfolk.

The squadron flew Vickers Wellington and Liberator bombers.

More than 5,500 aircraft crashed during the air war over the Netherlands in 1940-1945, and as many as 50 are believed to have crews’ remains.

Geert Jonker, a member of the identification team at Nieuwe Niedorp, told Czech TV: “They never returned home to Czechoslovakia, so the least we can do is go out and search for them and give them a proper burial.”

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The Wellington’s pilot, Flight Sgt Vilem Bufka, parachuted out of the burning plane, broke a leg on landing and was captured by the Germans. He was imprisoned in Colditz Castle, with many other Royal Air Force POWs, and returned to Czechoslovakia in August 1945. He wrote a memoir – Bomber T2990 Gone Silent – and died in 1967.

Czech Embassy/HagueDebris from the Bristol Pegasus engines was found

The five crew who died were: co-pilot Alois Rozum, radio operator Leonhard Smrcek, navigator Vilem Konstacky, front gunner Jan Hejna and rear gunner Karel Valach. 

In its tribute to the crew, the Czech Foreign Ministry says Valach had “met an English girl Doreen Francis Todd and they were married on 10 December 1940”. It adds: “Their son was born in 1941.”

Czech Embassy/HagueThe bomber sank into mud when it crashed near the Dutch coast

The RAF Museum says 311 Squadron focused mainly on bombing the cities of Bremen and Cologne.

“The squadron’s greatest success was the sinking of the blockade runner Alsterufer, which transported over 300 tons of rare tungsten from Japan to Germany,” it says. The operation took place off the French Atlantic coast in 1943. During the war the Allies imposed a naval blockade to stop cargo ships bringing essential supplies to Nazi Germany.Stevie Stevens flew 29 missions during World War Two

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‘ New Battle of Britain Against Jihadists ‘

#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN – September 24 – The move comes as ministers warn of a “new Battle of Britain” in the war against extremism.

Britain goes to War Again - Screenshot from 2014-09-24 16:30:39

The Prime Minister will sign off British air strikes after meeting new Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi in New York.

The decision is likely to see MPs recalled for a Commons vote on military intervention as early as Friday with RAF Tornado air strikes unleashed at the weekend.

Mr Cameron will also meet Iranian president Hassan Rouhani today in a bid to shore up support in the volatile region.

He held face-to-face talks with US President Barack Obama last night in the wake of America’s bombing of Islamic State jihadists in Syria, killing 70 of them. The US is acting in a coalition with five Arab states.

The news comes as the US launched a wave of missile strikes on an Al Qaeda-linked group that was suspected of planning an attack on western airports and planes.

The attack on the little-known Khorasan group was separate to the air-strikes carried out on 14 Islamic State targets in Syria.

It came amid fears the group was close to the “execution phase” of the planned attack, which was suspected to have involved bombs that could avoid being detected by airport security.

American intelligence uncovered ………….. Source

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UK Soldier ‘Posed With Dead Taliban Fighter’


The picture has appeared on the internet

The RAF (Royal Air Force) has launched a probe after photographs surfaced appearing to show a serviceman posing with a dead Taliban fighter. The pictures were apparently taken in the wake of an attack by 15 insurgents on Camp Bastion, the main British base in Afghanistan, in September 2012. The insurgents breached the perimeter of the base, triggering a battle involving a British RAF regiment and US marines. Two of the marines and 14 Taliban fighters were killed in the firefight, and UK troops were also injured. The two photographs appear to show at least one member of the RAF giving a thumbs-up sign as he kneels next to the body of a dead insurgent.


Camp Bastion is the main British base in Afghanistan

It is unclear if it is the same serviceman in both of the photographs. Sky News has learned that the individual or individuals belong to 51 Squadron. An RAF source said he was making “no excuses” for the behaviour but said it was important to consider the context. “This was a long, extensive firefight against a well-drilled, well-armed enemy who was trying to kill them,” the source said. He spoke of the “heat of conflict”, the “relief of victory” and the “unusual adrenaline fuelled situation” in which “foolish” things happened. The investigation will focus on whether the airman broke the rules by “mistreating” the enemy. They may also be reprimanded for simply having and using photographic equipment. Another photograph shows a burned-out plane in a hangar – six US Harriet jets were destroyed in the attack. The images first appeared on the website Live Leak. An RAF spokesman said: “Inappropriate actions will not be tolerated in the armed forces. “The RAF is treating this incident extremely seriously and has launched a military police investigation. “As this incident is subject to an ongoing investigation it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27346071

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/10820745/British-servicemen-pose-with-dead-Taliban-fighter.html

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` Sixty Eight Year-Old Woman Became Wedged Between Two Turrets After Falling 30 Feet at Wells Cathedral ‘

#AceUKNews – BRITAIN – April 29 – A woman became wedged between two turrets after falling up to 30ft during a tour of Wells Cathedral.

The 68-year-old was inside the tower when she fell and became trapped in a void between two walls 150ft up inside the bell tower, according to the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service.

She suffered suspected broken wrists, a broken pelvis and abdominal injuries.

A rescue operation to free the woman was launched by fire-fighters. Paramedics, a doctor and an RAF helicopter also joined the effort.

The victim was given pain relief and then winched up to a stable platform at the cathedral in Somerset.

From there she was lifted to a safe area within the tower and then winched on board an RAF Sea King helicopter which took her to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

Sky News

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