North Shore Times : February 15th 2013
Diana Shaw was only six months old when her father Edward Ainsleigh Thomas died during World War II. The Welshman's Lancaster bomber went missing on December 31, 1944, over the ocean between Frederikshavn, Denmark, and Norway. The aircraft was never recovered and there were no survivors. Mrs Shaw met with Wally Halliwell, of Mairangi Bay, at Motat and together they hopped inside a Lancaster bomber. Jess Etheridge went along for the ride. Wartime memories from worlds apart Paying tribute: From left: A plaque inside Motat's bomber memorial, bomber command medals on display at Motat and the bomber memorial. Photos: JESS ETHERIDGE MEMORIAL TO BOMBER COMMAND Uncomfortable: The gunner's seat inside the Lancaster bomber. Soldiers had to sit on the small square seat for the entire flight. Intricate: Inside the Lancaster bomber. Reminiscing: Wally Halliwell and Diana Shaw in front of Motat's Lancaster bomber. Memories: Left, Wally Halliwell, 91, makes his way around the Lancaster bomber. Big beauty: Below, Motat's Lancaster bomber.
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