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Pictured L-R: Pilot Sgt Charles Hamel, Navigator Sgt Jules Robert Rene Villeneuve, Bomb Aimer F/off William Joseph Alison, W/Op/Airgunner Sgt Joseph Paul Ernest Burke, Air Gunner Sgt Arthur Grouix, Air Gunner Sgt Gerard Dusablon. <br />
Re: The nephew of a World War II airman whose plane crashed into a Welsh mountain has climbed the peak to pay tribute to the uncle he never met.<br />
Dr Peter Paré, 74, travelled from his home in Vancouver, Canada, to read a poem at the desolate spot where his uncle Bill Allison was killed.<br />
Flying officer Allison, 28, was one of the six crew of a Wellington Bomber that crashed on a training flight in November 1944.<br />
The plane wreckage is still scattered over Carreg Goch in the Brecon Beacons where hundreds of young airmen learned to prepare for bombing missions.<br />
Dr Paré said: “I wanted to make this pilgrimage even though I was a baby when he died and never met Bill Allison.<br />
“We only found out about the crash site recently and it is remarkable that so much of the plane is still here.”<br />
Flying officer Allison was the oldest on board when the plane’s starboard engine developed a fault during a low-flying exercise.<br />
For years local people have honoured the brave airmen by flying a Canadian flag at the scene - replacing it every time it gets ripped by strong winds.<br />
Dr Paré, retired Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, said: “It was very moving to see the Maple Leaf flying where my uncle died all those years ago.<br />
“It brought a tear to my eye as I read the poem I wrote in his honour.”
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Pictured L-R: Pilot Sgt Charles Hamel, Navigator Sgt Jules Robert Rene Villeneuve, Bomb Aimer F/off William Joseph Alison, W/Op/Airgunner Sgt Joseph Paul Ernest Burke, Air Gunner Sgt Arthur Grouix, Air Gunner Sgt Gerard Dusablon.
Re: The nephew of a World War II airman whose plane crashed into a Welsh mountain has climbed the peak to pay tribute to the uncle he never met.
Dr Peter Paré, 74, travelled from his home in Vancouver, Canada, to read a poem at the desolate spot...
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