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Dambuster Crew S for Sugar Monument

€1,257 of €7,500 goal

Raised by 23 people in 8 months
On 17-05-2018 it was 75 years ago that the Avro Lancaster AJ-S crashed during the flight to the Sorpe dam in Nazi Germany at Gilze-Rijen airbase.

After being hit by German anti-aircraft fire above Molenschot, the aircraft was caught by a searchlight, placed at the airbase. As a result, the pilot may also have been blinded and, whether or not in combination with the damage the aircraft already had, the plane crashed. Here, the entire crew has died. They are buried in the war cemetery in Bergen op Zoom.

Now, almost 75 years later, finally these men have  received a monument to the exploits they have made to change the course of the war and thus liberate the Netherlands. 

Together with a small group of devotees, conversations were held with the air base commander and the Tradition Room at Gilze-Rijen Air Base. A monument was unveiled on the 4th of May. And not by anyone! Mr. Lewis Burpee, the son of the late Pilot Officer Lewis Burpee DFM travelled from Canada to The Netherlands to unveil the monument and to visit his fathers grave.

The RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight recognizes the value of this homage and attented the unveiling and performed a flyby with their Avro Lancaster.


The devotees have put in their part of funding the monument but this is by far not enough.
That's why this crowdfunding page will continue.
The aim is quite simple: please help us to pay for the monument and costs made for the unveiling. Please donate an amount that you can easily miss.

As you can see in the movie, the unveiling was moving and emotional. The monument itself has received many heartwarming compliments. The text is simple and straight forward: it's all about the crew.

For people who donate € 75 or more we can do something in the form of a invitation to visit the monument in a private setting or a very beautiful canvas of an Avro Lancaster Dambuster.

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THIS IS THE DAY! With more emotions then ever, I'll live trough this day, the night, and the day after. This time with special feelings for the crew of S for Sugar, who I got know know much better the last 2 years This is a special video made for the fundraising because: we STILL NEED YOUR HELP!
So please, spread the word!
Unveiling monument on the 4th of May
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NEW OLD PHOTO! Incredible but Lewis Burpee Jr just confirmed to me what Charles Foster (Dambustersblog.com) already mentioned, the other photo was not with his father......This photo is made in the 106Sq time. From left to right: J.G. Brady, W.C.A. Long, G. Pegler, L.J. Burpee.
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Charles Foster, nephew of Dambuster pilot David Maltby, thinks that the photo that we show, might not be the right crew! I bought that one on Ebay from "a specialist". It's a real photo with, printed by computer, Burpee's name on it. It looks like the photo is official (IWM?) I've send the photo to Lewis Burpee (Jr) and asked if he could help. I'm waiting for an answer. This photo I've received from Charles (Dambustersblog.com) and shows P/O Leonard George Weller (W.Op./Air Gnr.) on the left and Lewis Burpee. Many thanks to Charles for his advice and help!!
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LOOK AT THIS! Famous Dutch artist Peter van Stigt is supporting our mission with two of his fantastic Avro Lancaster paintings! If you donate, you will receive a canvas of your choice. GBP45 12"x8", GBP65 24"x16", GBP80 30"x20", GBP90 36"x24", GBP130 47"x32". Including delivery. Bigger is always possible but on request. Please help us and give the crew their monument and your self something to remember them. Thank you very much!
Dambusters En Route
Home For Breakfast
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