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Timmins WWII pilot is being honoured this week

The Timmins Museum is holding a special commemoration to honour the last bomber flight to be shot down in World War II this week. It was piloted by a 24 year old Timmins man, Wilfred DeMarco.

The Lancaster was shot down on April 25th, 1945 over Hitler’s Eagle Lair. Timmins James – Bay MP, Charlie Angus, says the story is one that needs to be told.

“A young, heroic, kid from the mines in Timmins, who was a great hockey player … they were on their last mission,” says Angus. “If they had survived, they would have gone home and been heroes.”

Instead, they died flying low over Austria.

“A lot of people don’t know the huge sacrifice that the bomber crews had in the air war in Europe, with a 50% causality rate. Many young men from Timmins and the North went.”

The commemoration is happening on Friday the 24th at noon, at the Timmins Museum.

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