Airplane Creek Memorial Dedication Ceremony

The Abbotsford News
Ron Shore

September 26, 2015

The dedication and planning by Lt. (Navy) Ron Shore CD, and his fund raising with Legion Branch 280 Vedder Golden, came to a successful conclusion at Thompson Regional Park in Chilliwack on Saturday, September 26.

Family members of the airmen of bomber B 24 Liberator KK241 that crashed on Mt. Welch on June 1945, local dignitaries and invited guests gathered for the Dedication Ceremony for the Airplane Creek Memorial. Descendants of the airmen came from England, Scotland, Norway and New Zealand.

The colour parties were from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 280 Vedder Golden and from the Branch 147 Airwolf (Chilliwack) Cadets and were augmented by the pipe band from Legion Branch from South Burnaby.

Stories were given by persons involved with the discovery of the crash site and by the earlier memorials that had been destroyed by nature. Also speeches were given by Ron Shore, MP Mark Strahl and the descendants of the airmen.

There was a fly past by, which had been prevented earlier due to poor flying conditions. Finally there was the gift to each of the attending descendants of a special presentation case with a Canadian flag and the dedication, "On behalf of a grateful nation" from the Government of Canada.

Captain (retired) Ted Bowman formerly C. O. of the RCAF 861 Silverfox (Abbotsford) and 147 Airwolf (Chilliwack ) Cadet squadrons, began his story with the phrase:

"A man is not truly dead until he is forgotten" That seems a fitting epitaph to those airmen who died tragically far from their homes in 1945 when the war was all but over.

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