The Royal Air Force Missing Research and Enquiry Service (MRES) was set up in 1944 to trace the 42,000 personnel who were listed as ‘missing, believed killed’.

Those found were identified and reinterred in Commonwealth War Graves Commission plots throughout Europe.

In letters to the next of kin of those who were killed, the Air Ministry stated:

In April 1946, Rheinberg (Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal) was chosen as one of the sites for a Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery

3,326 Commonwealth servicemen, including the crew of ME334 were subsequently buried there, with temporary crosses marking their graves.

Permanent headstones eventually replaced the temporary crosses

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