SEVEN World War Two heroes will finally be buried with full military honours 77 years on.
Their bodies have been recovered from the wreck of their bomber which has been raised from the bottom of a Dutch lake.
It was shot down by German fighter planes in 1943.
Families of the five Brits and two Canadians will pay their last respects in the Netherlands.
Richard Shrubsall, 77, the son of one of them, said: “These seven men made the ultimate sacrifice and we all owe them a deep debt of gratitude.
“But on a personal level, it will be fantastic for all of the families to be able to say goodbye properly.”
His dad Sgt Richard Shrubsall, 30, a gunner from Iwade, Kent, went down with fellow Brits Flying Officer John Harris, 29, Sgt Charles Bell, 29, Pilot Officer John Campbell, 30, and Sgt Ronald Kennedy, 22.
These seven men made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Canadians were Flying Officer Harry Farrington, 24, and Sgt John McCaw, 20.
The bomber – BK716 – was part of 218 Squadron based at RAF Downham Market, in Norfolk.
It took off at 9.30pm on March 29, 1943, as part of a 329-strong attack force heading for Berlin.
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After battling through a violent storm over the North Sea which forced 120 planes to turn back, BK716 and the remaining planes met fierce resistance from German fighters in the dark skies over the Continent.
The bombers that made it through dropped their payload over the German capital, destroying nearly 150 buildings.
But the raid cost the Allies dear – 21 planes were lost, including BK716.
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