I have been in touch with local council on the Island of Oléron in western France. In their communal cemetery lies the final resting place of Fl/Lt Richard Curle, interred there in April 1943. I sent a request to the local mayor’s office for permission to have a commemorative plaque placed on the cemetery wall. I received the good news that they are happy to place a plaque. It will provide visitors with more information regarding Richard, the six missing crew members and their mission in 1943.
The sign is etched aluminium and should hopefully last quite a few years.
I am hopeful it will be placed in time for the 79th anniversary of the loss of the crew of Lancaster ED559 in March 2022. I am also looking at potentially making my first trip to the island as well (but I’m wary of possible Covid issues affecting my plans).
I should add that I have received support in this endeavour from Luis Garrido. He supplied the French translation and provided a contact I could email at the council.
As and when information is found I'll post to this blog.