Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 16, 2013 14:12 ET

Media Advisory: Lost Airmen of the Northrop A-17 Nomad 3521 Aircraft to Receive Final Resting Place

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 16, 2013) - An interment ceremony for Flight Lieutenant Peter Campbell of the Royal Air Force and Leading Aircraftsman Theodore (Ted) Bates of the Royal Canadian Air Force will take place on September 17, 2013, in Guelph, Ont. The airmen will be laid to rest 73 years after they went missing, in the presence of family members and representatives from the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Air Force.

To respect the wishes of the families, media may attend the ceremony but remain at a distance to respect the privacy of the attendees. In addition to visual access, media will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from the Directorate of History and Heritage, the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Air Force, and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

When: Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at 10 a.m. (EDT)
Media are asked to arrive by 9:45 a.m.
Where: Veterans Section of Woodlawn Memorial Park in Guelph, Ont.
What: Interment ceremony for Flight Lieutenant Campbell and Leading Aircraftsman Bates.

Flight Lieutenant Campbell and Leading Aircraftsman Bates went missing on December 13, 1940, when their aircraft, Nomad 3521, was involved in a mid-air collision with another aircraft, Nomad 3512. Remains and artefacts were located and recovered by members of the Ontario Provincial Police Underwater Search and Recovery Unit and the Royal Canadian Navy's Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) during dives to the aircraft wreckage at the bottom of Lake Muskoka in July 2010 and October 2012 respectively.

Notes to editor/news director:

For more information on the recovery of Flight Lieutenant Peter Campbell and Leading Aircraftsman Theodore (Ted) Bates, please visit the Backgrounder on the Interment Ceremony for Flight Lieutenant Campbell and Leading Aircraftsman Bates.

For more information on the casualty identification process, please visit the Historic Casualty Identification website page.

Contact information:

Media interested in attending are asked to contact Maureen Lamothe, Public Affairs Officer, at 613-897-0335 or by e-mail at maureen.lamothe@forces.gc.ca.

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