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I am researching my Uncle, He was Mid-upper-AG in a halifax bomber, shot down 17 June 1944. Only crew member not survive. Germans removed his body from a/c. Buried in Ruurlo Gen. Cemetary, Netherlands. My Question(s) who would bury him? local town people? German infantry?, and if so, are there documents other than the red cross card? Uncle is Clarence V. Soderstrom, 434 squadron, RCAF. (I do not know if this is placed in proper forum/category)
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I am going to The Netherlands in ealry MAy to see the grave of an uncle of imen who was lost with 158 Squadron...he is buried in Ameland off the Dutch Coast.
I have often wondered what sort of burial My uncale had and what respects may have been given him by the Germans.
Whereabouts is your uncle buried , if it is near my route I will try and take a photograph for you.
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In Memory of
CLARENCE VERNON SODERSTROM
434 Sqdn., Royal Canadian Air Force
who died on
Saturday 17 June 1944 . Age 21 .
Additional Information: Son of Ture Matthew Soderstrom and Agnes Lillian Soderstrom, of New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.
Cemetery: RUURLO GENERAL CEMETERYGelderland, Netherlands
Grave or Reference Panel Number: Grave 452A.
Location: Ruurlo is a small town 50 kilometres north-east of Arnhem and 18 kilometres south-east of Zutphen. The cemetery lies 730 metres north-east of the town centre, on the south side of the road to Borculo.
Historical Information: There is one 1939-1945 war casualty buried in this site.
http://www.hostu24.co.uk/cwgcsearch/com ... ty=2648270
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The Luftwaffe routinely held funerals with full military honours, appropriate flag over the casket and escort/firing party.