Post by sammcneill on Dec 20, 2015 14:39:46 GMT 12
I'm researching Brian Heap's older step-brother Barry Martin *DFC* who was killed over Rotterdam on 2nd Feb 1943.
I see his mother Guinevere remarried but I've not been able to find any living relatives - I'm wondering if any of them have Barry's log book or other letters etc from Europe.
Is it possible the relatives you mention below are still alive and contactable? I'd love to reach out and see if they hve any info on Barry Martin. Barry was an only child as his father was killed at Gallipoli when Barry was 4yrs old and 2yrs later Guinevere re-married to Brian's father.
With regards to LAC Brian Heaps I am certain that his remains are still at the crash site and buried under a rock cairn. I have kept in contact with his relatives and this is what was indicated to me. At the time that I obtained the salvage rights, part of the conditions of removing the Harvard's remains was that Brian's burial area was not to be disturbed under any circumstances. After dismantling NZ977 and having a couple of days left of our expedition, we attempted to tramp the approximate one mile to NZ989 crash site further down the stream, but the terrain was too difficult to negotiate on foot. Next day we were flown down stream and dropped off in the river bed where we located the actual crash debris spread out amongst Birch trees, ferns and undergrowth. It was obvious that given the small burnt pieces left a violent crash had occurred, the only substantial piece of NZ989 was the tail section which we salvaged. After the passage of time Brian's actual resting place at the site was not found, so we were unable to leave at the crash site a memento we had with us to mark a brave mans resting place!