Stuart Johnson's
Part 2

The Memorial to airmen of the British Commonwealth
who flew out of England and have no known grave.
Located at Runnymede, England.
It contains the names of 20 thousand airmen with no known grave.

 There are six of these memorials around the world including the one in Ottawa.
The total number of airmen without known graves is over 33 thousand.
Runnymede in where the Magna Carta was signed in 1215,
giving us our present day laws and freedoms.

Dieppe Cemetery: The stones in the centre are of the men killed in the raid.
Along the right are the graves of airmen.
Almost out of the picture on the left are Free French graves - men who fought for the Allies.

Beny Sur Mer Cemetery:
Just beyond the building you might detect a different blue colour.
This is Juno beach where the Canadians landed.

Above 0maha Beach - a D-Day beach.
One of the two American invasion beaches.
It was later called "Bloody 0maha.”

Omaha Beach U.S. Cemetery: Only a small part shows in this picture.
114 Acres - 9,400 Graves - hence “Bloody Omaha"

La Cambe, France ~ A German Cemetery containing 22,000 Graves.
Men who died following a cause that went terribly wrong.
The significance of the groups of 5 stones is unknown.

The Mynarski Lancaster in Winnipeg on its maiden flight - after Restoration.
Mynarski died of burns trying to save his trapped tail gunner.
The strange part of the story is that when the burning aircraft
hit the ground the tail turret popped out and the
tail gunner survived with only a few scratches.

Bergen Belsen Death Camp (Germany)
Where countless people starved to death including Anne Frank.

Bergen Belsen, Germany:
Here the German SS who were responsible for the
deaths of the prisoners are made to bury the dead in pits for
fear of the spread of disease among the few that survived.

Bachenwald Death Camp:
This shows the sleeping conditions in the camp.
The man in the second row 4th from the left is Klei Weisel.
He is still alive but his father died in this camp.

Dachau Germany: Shows guard tower, electric fence and moat

Main entrance for prisoners at Dachau.
Words in the fencing roughly translated mean "Work makes you free."
The only way to freedom was up the chimney in the crematorium!
Dachaua was built in 1933 to house 5,000 prisoners.
In 1945 at liberation it held 30.000.

Crematorium at Dachau.
Beware of Buildings with square chimneys in Germany.
All death camps had them.
There were no gas chambers here but
starvation,  brutality, and shootings achieved the same end.

Dachau Crematorium: Where thousands were cremated.
One of those was the famous French underground spy Madelaine.
The plaque on the wall at the left honours her.

The Little town of Oradour Sur Glane, France
where the German SS surrounded the town,
called all the people to the village square,
sent the men to the barns and sheds,
women and children to the church and
burned all the buildings killing 642 people.
It was later discovered that the wrong town
had been chosen for this orgy of killing.
It stands today as a shrine.
(It was dynamited after the killings.)

Oradour Sur Glane, France:  Core remains.
This is the church where one lady managed to jump out the window
and was not discovered. She lived to tell the story.
Oradour is about 25 Kms from Limoge, France.

The prison number tattoo on the arm of a
survivor of the Death Camp at Ebensee, Austria.
He received it at age 14 while a prisoner at Auschwitz, Poland
He is speaking to school children of his time in this camp.
He was brought here at the age of 14-15.
He did not return to Poland after the war but
lives in Ebensee with his Austrian wife and 5 children.

Hitler’s Eagles Nest in the Bavarian Alps:
It is now a restaurant in the beautiful surroundings above Berchtesgaden, Germany.
Think of the inhuman plans that were developed in this beautiful area.

The town of Berchtesgaden, Germany lies below the Eagle's Nest.

View from Calais Cemetery:
Across the channel you can see the White Cliffs of Dover England.

The grave at Scopwich of John Gillespie Magee Jr.,
an American who flew with the RCAF (as did 6000 other Americans).
He wrote the poem High Flight which is a famous poem from WWII.
He was killed in a mid-air collision at 19.

Read the entire script of the Stuart Johnson Memorial Slide Show here.

As You Were . . .
WWII Remembered
Short Bursts
Ex-Air Gunners Association

Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum: RCAFHMCS Prince Robert: Hillman WWII Scrapbook - RCNXII Dragoons - 26 RCA Museum
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