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THIBAUDEAU o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2002-11-27 published
Town salutes Canadian heroes
60 years later, Dutch community recalls how three airmen died to save lives
By Roberta COWAN Special to The Globe and Mail Wednesday, November 27, 2002 -- Print Edition, Page A1
Amsterdam -- By the hundreds, with wreaths of red orchids and white roses, they came to pay respects to the Canadians who saved their town.
Young and old, they came to the Dutch Reform Church in Wilnis to honour the three men who, in 1943, chose to go down with their plane rather than risk many more lives in the Dutch community. They came to pay thanks to the Canadian relatives -- 18 next of kin -- who also were among the mourners. And after six decades, they came to help put to rest one of the great mysteries of Canadian military history.
Just about everyone in Wilnis turned up last night to view three caskets that were draped in Canadian flags and bore the remains of three airmen, whose Vickers Wellington bomber was shot down by a German fighter on May 5, 1943.
Amazingly, the aircraft and the remains of Sergeants Adrien THIBAUDEAU and Joseph WHITE/WHYTE sank in a bog and were discovered just two months ago by a special search team. Some of the remains of a third crew member, Warrant Officer Robert MOULTON, were also found in the plane.
The men will receive a full military funeral this morning at Wilnis cemetery, presided over by two Canadian ministers and a bagpiper, before all eyes in the town turn to a flypast of Dutch military planes in the "lost man" formation -- three ahead and one behind.
A military guard, representing all parts of the Canadian Forces, will lead the procession, followed by Dutch war veterans and many of the townspeople who remember the night the bomber crashed in a nearby field rather than in their town.
In the town of 10,000 people, just south of Amsterdam, all schools will also be closed so that children carrying Canadian flags can line the route to the cemetery.
"Usque ad finem," a banner in the church reads. "Until the very end."
For decades, the heroism of the Canadian crew that stayed with their plane until the very end has been part of Wilnis lore. Two of the five crew members parachuted out of the plane after it was attacked during its return from a night raid in which 600 Allied planes raided Dortmund, just across the German border.
Although the two were taken prisoner by German forces and released at the end of the war, they never knew what happened to the rest of their crew. The two men, Sergeant Gordon CARTER and Sergeant Howard HODDINOTT, died many decades later.
Britain's Royal Air Force made efforts to recover the plane when the war ended, but failed to do so, and the investigation was put to rest. The families endured years of not knowing what happened to their airmen.
Some of Warrant Officer MOULTON's remains were found and buried in the local cemetery decades ago. But with no evidence of Sgts. THIBAUDEAU and WHITE/WHYTE, they were listed as missing in action until this year.
"My father went to Holland after the war to try and figure what the hell happened to my brother," Sgt. THIBAUDEAU's younger brother Jean-Claude, now 70, said yesterday. "We were told he was lost in flight, which means his plane crashed, but nobody knew where."
The renewed bid to find the bomber began several years ago, when, prompted by a grand_son's history lesson, an older Wilnis man came forward to say how he had watched the burning bomber crash into a nearby farmer's field. With the country under Nazi invasion, the lad snuck out of the family home and ran to find that the plane had landed in a peat bog and was sinking quickly. The next morning, only water remained.
A local teacher and others founded a group that fought reluctant officials and red tape to have the plane excavated, a process that concluded last September.
"Remarkably, the bomber, its contents and most importantly, the remains of Sgts. THIBAUDEAU and WHITE/WHYTE, were fairly well preserved in the peat," said Robert DE JONG, head of the Dutch Royal Army's excavation effort.
The Canadians planning to attend the service were of mixed emotions yesterday -- nostalgic for times long past, sad for their lost relatives and Friends, appreciative of the effort made in Wilnis.
Mr. THIBAUDEAU was moved by the discovery of his brother's remains, calling it "painful" that it happened after the death of his parents, who knew Adrien best.
Peggy CARTER, a Winnipeg woman whose navigator husband Sgt. CARTER died in 1990, hopes to be given her husband's ruler, which was found in the wreckage. She and Jan HODDINOTT, the widow of the other PoW, were hoping to pay their respects on behalf of their husbands.
"Although my husband rarely talked about the war or being a PoW, and he never wanted to come back to Europe after the war ended, he would have wanted to be here today to pay respect to his Friends," Mrs. CARTER said.
"It's so very sad that all this information came out after Gordon died, because he really believed the plane crashed in the North Sea," she added.
According to her husband's debriefing report, which he later filed to Allied forces in Britain, Warrant Officer Moulton told them to bail out two minutes after the bomber was hit. Sgt. CARTER woke up in a field, where a farm family found him and took him in before handing him over to the Germans.
Mrs. CARTER's son Kevin, 51, said his father never faulted the family who handed him over since Nazis were killing people for harbouring Allied airmen.

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THIBODEAU o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2002-03-20 published
Glenna Mae WRIGHT
In loving memory of Glenna Mae WRIGHT who passed away at her home on Saturday, March 16, 2002 at the age of 73 years.
Loved wife of Murchie, cherished mother of Brian and Karen THIBODEAU of Smith Falls, Brenda and Craig CLAYTON of Pefferlaw, Marcia VARRETTE of Kingston, Jeffrey THIBODEAU of Surrey, BC. Predeceased by sons David (survived by wife Cathy) and Danny. Stepmother of Gregory and Mary Lynn WRIGHT of Little Current, Terry and Anne WRIGHT of Little Current, Mitchell and Shelly WRIGHT of Bowmanville, Kevin and Kathy WRIGHT of Las Vegas. Will be missed by grandchildren Renee, Cory, Shawn, Taylor, Chad, Sara, James, Theresa, Megan, Courtney, Nicki and Andrew. Step grandchildren Jennifer, Michael, Kaitlyn, Taylor, Peter, Christopher, Aaron, Hope and Greer. Great grandmother of Hunter and Kiah. Remembered with love by brothers Alan GREER/GRIER and Jack GREER/GRIER. Predeceased by sister Margaret WRIGHT (1975). Visitation was held on Sunday March 17. Funeral Service was held at 1: 00 p.m. on Monday, March 18 at the Island Funeral Home. Cremation.

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THIBODEAU o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-31 published
PIMM, Madeline Rose ''Pat'' -- With deepest sorrow the family of Pat announce her passing on December 30, 2002. Beloved wife of the late Cy. Much loved mother of Peter and his partner Gloria THIBODEAU of Toronto. Patti and her husband Paul PRENTICE of Minden, and Dallie. Loving grandmother of Laura and Robyn PIMM, Simon and Brittany PRENTICE. Dear aunt to Tanya NEESER and Bill PIMM. Friends are invited to visit the family at the Gordon A. Monk Funeral Home Ltd., 127 Main Street, Minden, Ontario K0M 2K0 (1-888-588-5777) on Thursday, January 2, 2003 from 6: 30 p.m. until the time of the service at 7: 30 p.m. Reception will follow in the family centre at the Funeral Home. Spring Interment at the Minden Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Haliburton Highlands Health Service Foundation or to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind would be appreciated by the family.

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THIESSEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-11 published
MOORE, Ethel Mary -- Passed away peacefully on November 9, 2002, at 88 years of age. Loving mother of Kathleen CLARKE of Kitchener and Kevin MOORE and his wife Doreen of Brampton. Dear grandmother of Stephen CLARKE (Jurate) of London, England; Michelle CLARKE of Kitchener, Kenneth MOORE (Teri) and Richard MOORE (Melissa) of Brampton. Will be sadly missed by great-grandchildren Andrew, Kurtis and Jacob THIESSEN of Kitchener. Predeceased by her husband Sydney MOORE and son-in-law Douglas CLARKE. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter ''Peel'' Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10,North of Queen Elizabeth Way) from 12 o'clock until time of funeral service in the Chapel at 1 o'clock on Tuesday, November 12, 2002, Reverend Robert DALGLEISH officiating. In memory of Ethel, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or floral tributes would be appreciated by the family.

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