DAMBUSTER HONOURED

A DAMBUSTER has been honoured with a memorial unveiled by his widow and family.

A commemorative plaque has been put in place at Elmfield Park in memory of John "Fearless" Fraser, a Canadian crew member who was stationed with the 617 Dambuster squadron, based at RAF Finningley during the World War Two.

His wife Doris, formerly of Lawn Road, Doncaster, her daughter Shere Lowe, and her granddaughters Alexandra and Victoria Lowe, who had all flown over from Canada for the occasion, were joined by three generations of the 617 squadron at the ceremony.

A service of remembrance, led by the Archdeacon of Doncaster The Ven Bob Fitzharris, was followed by a flypast by RAF Tornados.

A survivor when his Lancaster bomber crash at the Moehne Dam, "Fearless" avoided capture by the Germans for ten days. When he was finally caught he escaped from a prisoner of war camp as part of a dramatic break-out, which was immortalised in the classic film the Great Escape.

At the end of the war he was reunited with Doris, who he married 17 days before the famous dams raid, and they returned to his native Canada.

John died in a plane crash in 1962.