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Family of Cardiff WWII airman to be honoured

Saunders was a railway clerk before enlisting in the RAF in July 1941. Credit: The Saunders Family

The family of a Cardiff airman has been honoured 70 years after he was killed in action in the Second World War.

Flight Sergeant George Arthur Saunders, from North Church Street in Cardiff, was shot down in his Lancaster Bomber following a raid on Berlin on the 24th March 1944. All but one of his crew mates were also from Wales.

George Saunders is now buried in the Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Credit: The Saunders Family

Now, his brother Ted and nephew Phil Saunders along with other family members will collect a number of military medals in honour of his wartime service.

"We are honoured to be able to remember and recognise the service and sacrifice made by Flight Sergeant George Saunders, and to ensure his family received his service medals in his memory" - Wing Commander Phil Sagar

Sunken treasure: Royal Mint strikes coins 70 years later

The Royal Mint in Llantrisant is striking a set of silver coins from the bullion recovered from a merchant ship that sank during the Second World War.

A 'limited number' of silver coins are being struck from the bullion.

British steam merchant ship SS Gairsoppa was torpedoed by a German U-boat in February 1941 off the coast of Ireland, whilst it was carrying a large shipment of silver bullion bars from India, destined for the Royal Mint.

The ship was heading for the Royal Mint when it was sunk more than 70 years ago. Credit: Odyssey Marine Exploration

The ship and its cargo were located in September 2011, and the silver bullion recovered by marine exploration company Odyssey Marine Exploration.

The bullion was three miles underwater - which they say made it the largest and deepest recovery of precious metal from a shipwreck in history.

The coins are edged with the name SS Gairsoppa.

Shane Bissett from the Royal Mint said: "The traditional Britannia coin design is the perfect image for the coins struck from SS Gairsoppa's long-lost cargo. We are so pleased to be able to bring these coins to the market at long last, albeit more than 70 years later than expected."

Girl, 9, finds empty WWII mine on Pembrokeshire beach

An empty mine, believed to date from World War Two, has been found on the coast at Bullslaughter Bay in Pembrokeshire.

The discovery was made by nine-year-old Kallianne Davies, from Hundleton.

Father Gareth Davies posted the photos on his page Hidden Pembrokeshire

The mine is believed to have been uncovered by recent bad weather Credit: Gareth Davies

"We were on the beach on Sunday afternoon for a picnic and a look around the caves. As we walked across the beach, my nine-year-old daughter shouted that she'd spotted 'something round' - I instantly recognised it as a mine" said Gareth.

"The storms have taken a lot of the sand off the beach and we think that's what has uncovered it, along with it only being visible at low tide."

Milford Haven Coastguard said the incident was brought to their attention but as the discovery was on an MoD range they had no direct involvement.

More: German World War Two mine blown up off the Milford Haven coast

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