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Bill Cheall fought at Dunkirk, North Africa and Sicily, was in the first wave on Gold Beach on D-Day, and finally went to Germany. Since Bill's WW2 memoirs were published, many former comrades and families have come forward with stories and diaries of their own, all forming part of the jigsaw of Bill's war. The aim of these podcasts is to bring the memories to life and honour the soldiers, airmen and seamen who were connected to Bill in some way.

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Saturday, 30 July 2011

The story of Lancaster Lily Mars unveiled

Following on from the Don Savage story, more information has come to light about his fellow crew members, the plane they were flying and what happened to it, with stories from relatives of the pilot and engineer, one of whom survived the crash and was helped back to England by the Dutch underground.

The plane was a Lancaster, LL678, fondly known as the Lily Mars. The crew were Canadian, Australian and British and three of them survived the attack from a nightfighter following an attack on Gelsenkirchen in Germany.

Below: The Lily Mars and crew:

Australian, Pilot Officer Dellie Delacour who died when the plane crashed over Holland:

In later years, Gerry Martin (middle)  meets up with the German pilot (left) and radio operator (right) of the nightfighter which shot the Lily Mars down:

Follow this WW2 diary  link for a full update on this poignant story.

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