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Glen Gaudet helps family locate their relative’s gravesite February 2, 2011 Finding the grave site of F/O Ed Welters On February 1, 2011, the Wartime Heritage Association’s Glen Gaudet received a request (via the Air Force Association of Canada) from someone hoping to learn about their relatives’ final resting place. Craig Lees was hoping to learn of the fate of his Uncle and Godfather Flight Officer Ed Welters: “I am trying to find any information on my Uncle, F/O Ed Welters who flew with the Skylancers in Europe and was killed on March 2, 1956, with 3 of his buddies flying their Sabres. His tail # is 23524 and flew Left Wing. I will be in Europe in July, 2011, and am trying to locate his grave site. I would really appreciate any help possible.” After some research, Gaudet was able to reply with details of the location and plot of the grave site at the Choloy War Cemetery in Meurthe-et-Moselle, France and more information from the Canadian Virtual War Memorial including the fact that he enlisted February 26, 1951 and served with 414 (Fighter) Squadron. The Choloy War Cemetery is the last resting place of casualties from the First and Second World Wars and is managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. As is the case for Welters, Choloy is also the final resting place for many Royal Canadian Air Force members and their families who died while serving in Europe as part of 1 Air Division between 1953 and 1967 and other Service Members serving with NATO in Germany following Canada's departure from France. Mr. Lees replied, “Thank you so much Mr. Gaudet. You were extremely helpful to me in my search. F/O Edward Welters is my Uncle and Godfather. I was too young to remember him but have always felt very close to him. I'm hoping that taking my family to see where Uncle Eddie is resting will help them appreciate more of our history”.
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Locating their Relatives’ Grave Site
F/O Ed Welters
Ed Welters grave marker Photo by Malcolm Cromarty