I have just spent the most rewarding and touching weekend in The Netherlands attending a ceremony to four missing RAF airmen who died in a Short Stirling Bomber crash in September 1942.
Around 57,200 UK airmen died in WW2.
The Dutch nation finally decided to dig up around 50 WW 2 wrecks in an effort to find long-lost missing flyers and deal with live munitions, this dig alone cost around €350,000.
The service was a most humbling experience with teenage Dutch children and elderly soldiers with many medals present – along with grieving relatives and local politicians attending and who made it all happen after 20 years of procrastination of the government.
It was sad to see a massive hole in the ground where the bomber went in at maximum speed, nose first and the aviation forensic experts had worked out every last detail of the accident with four red poles marking where the massive Hercules engines were found 3 metres down.
I’ve also spent today at Waterloo, Belgium where Napoleon met his comeuppance on 18th June 1815, but that date has always fascinated me as I founded the Aerotoxic Association on the same day in 2007 at the Houses of Parliament, London -192 years later.
But now it’s 204 years after Waterloo, and STILL there is allegedly no evidence at all of Aerotoxic…
The past is definitely worth celebrating, but seemingly not the inconvenient recent past 70 years of poisoning nor the present nor the future.
It does seem gravely wrong that present day aircrew and passengers are suffering knowingly and needlessly with both gross misdiagnosis’s and mistreatment’s with the known solutions now available.
When will common sense finally break out, people?
We always live in hope!!!
RIP All airwomen and airmen.
For more information on the Short Stirling bomber project: