38 Wellington bombers were lost in the Waddensea on the Netherlands coast. Men from Northern Ireland were amongst the crews lost.
Two Northern Ireland companies played the foremost role in the erection of the memorial which was unveiled by HM Queen Elizabeth in her Diamond Jubilee Year. Among the veterans present were John McFarland and Norman Allen from Northern Ireland who served and survived.
During the war Desmond Hughes, Campbell College, Belfast, and Pembroke College, Cambridge, downed 19 enemy aircraft. He later supervised the Prince of Wales’s flying training.