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Memorial quest to find family of bomber hero

23 March 2006

WHEN Lancaster bomber ME752 was shot down over the Dutch town of Heythuysen, one man risked his life to rescue whatever he could from the blazing wreckage.

The date was July 21, 1944, and Daniël Brouns' parents' house was among those destroyed in the crash.

Although he could do nothing for the crew members, all of who were killed outright, he was able to retrieve a suitcase from inside the cabin, writes KAREN BURKE.

Now, more than 60 years later, its contents have propelled Daniël's daughter, Ria Schmieder, on a quest that has led her all the way to Redbridge.

For the past seven years, Ria, 47, has been attempting to trace the relatives of the crew of heavy bombers from the RAF's 75th New Zealand Squadron.

Three of the eight-man crew were British - and among them was wireless operator Sgt Jack Barson from Ilford.

Ria told the Recorder: "Unfortunately, I have never been able to find much information about Sgt Barson. I have not been able to find out, yet, if there are still living relatives of his.

"I would like them to know that I have been able to erect a monument for him and his crew members in Heythuysen. We will remember them."

Sgt Jack Frank Macdonald Barson was the only son of son of Louisa Ann Barson, of Duke Road, Barkingside.

Born in Ilford, he went to school in Newbury Park and at the time of his death aged 21 he was engaged to Marjorie Tyler, the youngest daughter of an Ilford councillor.

Having served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Sgt Barson's grave now lies in Jonkerbos War Cemetery in Nijmegen.

Having in 2003 achieved the erection of a monument near the bomber's crash site, Mrs Schmieder has recently launched a website documenting the discoveries she has made to date.

She hopes that it will bring her another step closer to finding out more about Sgt Barson and the other crew members, including flight engineer Joseph Armstrong from Bradford, Yorkshire.

Sgt Barson's name is also included on a memorial commemorating six members of Newbury Park Methodist Church, Oaks Lane, Newbury Park, who lost their lives during the war. The plaque is soon to be moved to nearby St Peter's Church, Aldborough Road North, Aldborough Hatch.

Mrs Schmieder added: "It has not been easy to find information as this research was completely new to me and before you know how and where to look, months have passed.

"I do not know when my quest will be finished, I only know it will not be for some time. I will not stop searching until all I can find is found."

n Are you a relative of Sgt Barson - or do you know any surviving members of his family?

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ria Schmieder via her Lancaster monument website at http://www.lancastermonument.nl
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Deze week is er een email binnen gekomen van de kleindochter van een andere RAF piloot waar we nog geen informatie over hadden.

Haar vader, de zoon van de piloot leeft nog maar de zus van de piloot is helaas een aantal dagen voordat het artikel uitkwam overleden.

De email is een reactie op een soortgelijk artikel maar dan met in oproep om informatie over de piloot Armstrong. Dit artikel verscheen in een regionale krant van de plek waar Armstrong geboren is.
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Er is gelukkig een reactie binnen gekomen van een neef van de piloot Barson. De beste man werkt in Amsterdam of al places!
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Het monument staat nu ook op deze pagina:

http://oorlogsmusea.nl/artikel/812

Er zijn echter onverlaten die het schijnbaar nodig vinden om het monument een 1 te geven. Ik snap daar de fun niet van :(
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De website is wederom geupdate met een interessant nieuw verhaal van een ooggetuigen!
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Er zijn weer nieuwe foto's van bemanningsleden opgedoken. Deze komen deze week op de site!
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