Flying-Officer John W. Lowrie, DFC, RAFVR whose courageous life ended in the company of brave RAF comrades on 23rd January 1945 when WELLINGTON NC607 was shot down by enemy action: F/O G. Hill, F/O J. K. Turner (Navigators) and Sgt W.E. Ranger (Airgunner) also lost their lives; F/O K. G. Booth (Pilot) and F/Sgt C. G. Broad were wounded. Wellington NC607 of 69 Squadron undertook a special night reconnaissance of the area Maasneil – Krüchten close to Roermond on the Dutch-German Border on the 23rd January 1945. There were three Navigators: one navigating, one making ground observations from the bomb-aimer’s panel and the other operating the camera. F/O J. W. Lowrie (140 Squadron) had responded to the request for volunteers and was one of the Navigators. A surviving member of the crew reported that having assessed their first observation run over the Maasneil area was not as they required, they went round again at about 1000 feet despite the intensity of the ground fire. This action was typical of their generation: showing great valour and devotion to duty. It is believed Wellington NC607 crashed after it was hit in the tail, causing loss of rudder and elevator control. Four years ago I received an email: 'Hello my name is Ron Cox from the Netherlands Roermond every Sunday I go metal detecting I found some items of the plane that crash there in Kloosterhof maybe if you come and visit Holland Roermond I can show you the crash site'. During the visit I met Mr Louis Cox whose family farm was adjacent to the meadow where the Wellington crashed in the early hours of the 23rd January. He was sixteen years old at the time and he and his two brothers were told by the Germans to bury the three officers in the meadow where the plane had been brought down. They prevailed on the Germans to be allowed to take the bodies of the three young men to the Old Cemetery in Roermond and proceeded to harness a sleigh to be pulled by a foal and began the long journey through the heavy rutted snow to the Cemetery in Roermond. Two of the brothers guided the foal and manhandled the sleigh over the wintry ground while Louis Cox sat beside the bodies of the three officers. At the Cemetery they ensured F/O Lowrie, F/O Hill and F/O Turner were laid to rest beside six other RAF airmen: a small RAF enclave set aside in this Cemetery where Roermond buried their heroes of the Resistance. Sergeant Ranger was buried in Venray War Cemetery, near to the location where the tail of NC607 had fallen. Tears come too quickly to my eyes these days as I look back to the years of the Second World War, but when I think of that little procession with its sleigh manhandled through the icy wintry snow by the three courageous Dutch Brothers determined to honour our Brave Airmen, I am deeply moved. Playmates from our 'toddler years', John and I last spent the day together in April 1943 to celebrate my 'Passing Out Parade' when receiving my Commission into The Royal Scots as a Second-Lieutenant; he already a Pilot-Officer. Have missed my boyhood and teenage friend from Peebles these past 70 years and although 90 I was glad I made the pilgrimage to stand at the spot where his courageous life ended. ‘Per Ardua ad Astra’. He had truly served 'Through Adversity to reach the Stars'. I was wounded at Heinsberg two days after John was killed; only 12 miles from where he had been shot down . . . Joe Brown.