by Eric Molenaar
||BERGEN - Members of
the Queen 's Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force Regiment will lead the
funeral procession for the airmen John Kehoe and Stanley Mullenger on the
7th of may.
The remains of the two air gunners will find their final resting place in a commonwealth war grave at Bergen General Cemetery, behind the graves of pilot Chris Saunders DFM en navigator James D'Arcy. The crew of the Hampden bomber P1206, which crashed on the 8th of November 1941 in Berkhout, will finally be reunited.
To make this possible there will be an extra row between the graves of Saunders and D'Arcy and the Cross of Sacrifice. The intention is to place the headstones of the Irish Kehoe and the Briton Mullenger back to back to those of their comrades.
Mike Drewett, head of public relations of the RAF, says there are both practical and symbolic reasons to give the two a joint grave. ,,They flew together, died together, and now they're buried together.''
Colour Squadron (63 Squadron) is unique as a dual role squadron undertaking
both ceremonial and field squadron commitments. It is responsible for
representing the Royal Air Force at most ceremonial occasions. It also
provides Guards of Honour for the Royal Family and it mounts The Queens
Guard at Buckingham Palace, amongst others. The squadron is also known
for its unique and world-renowned Continuity Drill Displays. It appears
in the Guinness Book of Records having completed over 2,700,000 foot and
rifle drill movements in 23 hours and 55 minutes. A record that hasn't
Source: Noordhollands Dagblad March 18th, 2008.