A Boston teenager, who died while on a bombing run in Germany, has been immortalised with a memorial unveiled in Austria on the 70th anniversary of the attack.
619 Squadron member Edward Norman, known as Ted, of Hessle Drive, was with the crew of Lancaster LM756 F-Freddy of 619 Squadron Royal Air Force which was shot down on an air raid on April 25, 1945, on the Obersalzberg at Berchtesgaden in Germany.
On Friday, April 24, Ted’s nephew Carl Norman, niece Carolyn Rowland and great-nephew Jojo, joined more than 60 people from the UK and Canada along with military leaders and dignitaries from both countries and Austria, in Adnet to witness the unveiling of a new memorial to the entire crew of 619 Squadron.
Mr Norman said: “What I originally thought might be just a small, modest affair, became a much bigger event in reality.
“It took on quite a momentum and we found it was a lot more emotional than we expected it to be.”
He added: “We were very aware that our father, Edward’s brother, would have got a lot more out of it - he was always looking for more information about that day.”
It took on quite a momentum and we found it was a lot more emotional than we expected it to be.Ted’s nephew Carl Norman
The unveiling included a fly-past by four planes of the Austrian air force and letters sent by Prince Harry and the Canadian Prime Minister.
There was also a simultaneous ceremony in Timmins, Ontario, Canada – birthplace of the Pilot Wilf DeMarco.
Families of the crew were also given pieces of the aircraft as mementos.
Mr Norman added: “One poignant note is that we flew back with ours on Saturday April 25 - the actual 70th anniversary of the raid - and touched down at Stanstead around midday, approximately the same time that the plane would have touched down at Strubby.
“Virtually 70 years to the hour, (part of) LM756 PG-F flew home.”
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Edward Norman was one of six crew members, of which four died in the attack.
The raid, which launched from RAF Strubby, took place a matter of days before the end of the conflict.
Edward had joined a few months before, and was previously in the reserved occupation of the buying and selling of fruit and vegetables for Alfred Price and Sons.
Adnet, in Austria, is where the Lancaster crashed.
The memorial project has been led by Adnet mayor Wolfgang Auer and 619 Squadron Association supporter Kevin Ruane along with other family, friends and supporters.
The memorial includes parts of the crashed aircraft, both melted down and embedded in the Adnet red marble the base is made of.