Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Dutch Town to Honour Ex Coffs WWII Pilot

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Dutch Town to Honour Ex Coffs WWII Pilot

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A COFFS Harbour World War II pilot, who paid the ultimate

sacrifice defending a Dutch town he'd never visited, could have a European street named in his honour.

His name was Lindsay Page Bacon, a Flying Officer with the Royal Air Force's 7 Squadron, whose badly shot up Lancaster bomber crashed near Nieuwdorp, Holland.

Almost 66 years on and The Sydney Morning H erald has played an instrumental role in recognising the heroics of the Coffs Harbour-born airman.

The Herald last month ran a public notice calling on information surrounding the ill-fated flight.

It read: aWe seek background information about Mr Bacon and his crew.a

aWe also wish to make contact with their families,a and it listed an address in the Netherlands.

The request came from a Dutch building corporation, which had started building works at the crash site and unearthed parts of the Lancaster MK III, including an engine and pieces of the propellers.

Hans van Dam, the man who placed the notice, said the corporation hoped to build a monument for the crew in front of a building, to be erected on the site.

aWe want to retrieve information about all the crew members to place in our local war museum.

aLocal authorities are willing to name streets after a number of crew members,a Mr van Dam said.

aI think in the near future there is a Bacon Street in our village also,a he said.

The metropolitan newspaper then made contact with Lindsay Bacon's living relatives in Australia.

War records and personal accounts from that fateful day, detailed the pilot's final heroic actions.

Flying Officer Bacon was at the controls heading back to Cambridgeshire, England, after a daylight operation targeting railway tracks over Recklinghausen in Germany on March 20, 1945 a 49 days before the end of the war in Europe.

Commando Provost Sergeant E. Dovey was on the ground in Nieuwdorp watching the large number of bombers pass overhead about 2. …

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