Bomber crew laid to rest

A Second World War bomber crew will finally be laid to rest in Italy today, 68 years after their aircraft crashed during operations.

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Bomber Command crew laid to rest after 68 years

Four RAF airman who died almost 70 years ago in Italy, but whose bodies were not found until 2011. Credit: ITV News/Family Handout

The crew of a Royal Air Force Boston Bomber which crashed 68 years ago while taking part in operations in the Po Valley in Italy has been laid to rest with military honours today at the Padua War Cemetery in Italy.

Relatives of the crew members travelled from Brecon and West Sussex and New South Wales in Australia to witness the burial service.

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A grave at last for the men of Bomber Command

by - Europe Correspondent

Sixty-eight years after they were shot down by enemy fire, a grave at last for the men of Bomber Command.

The service for the men of Bomber Command. Credit: ITV News

The four who flew together and died together will be buried together in the War Cemetery in Padua. A chance their families thought was lost after decades without news.

The bodies of Sergeant David Raikes, 20, Flight Sergeant Alexander Bostock, 20, Flight Sergeant David Millard, 20 and Warrant Officer John Hunt, 21, were recovered in July 2011 after a team of archaeologists discovered the wreckage of their Boston Bomber 5m below ground in the Po Valley, Italy.

They died in the last days of the war in Italy but no trace of their wreckage was ever found and their families were left to grieve without a body.

Those families will be at the service today, to honour their service and sacrifice.

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