29 MAART 2004

RAF search for WWII crew family.

The RAF is trying to track down the family of a airman with links to Somerset who was shot down during the second world war.
Pilot Officer Peter Bird's Stirling bomber was shot down in 1941 over the Netherlands.
At the time, only the pilot's body was found. Six more bodies have since been discovered and the relatives of five of those have been contacted.
A funeral for the men is to be held in the Netherlands in May.

'Very emotional'
The RAF is desperate to trace Mr Bird's relatives to allow them to attend.
His last known relative was an uncle, Hugh Bird, of Roslyn Avenue in Weston-super-Mare.
Sue Raftree, from RAF Innsworth in Gloucestershire, told the BBC: "It is very moving and very emotional.
"I am very grateful that I can bring closure to families who didn't know what had happened to their loved ones.
"They can now have a burial and a headstone to go back to."
Mr Bird was originally listed as missing, and then presumed dead.

From the website of the BBC; http://news.bbc.co.uk/