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W.A. Burgum (on the left) was killed in action on 24 August 1943 in 158 Squadron

Alfred Walter Teerman was killed on an attack on Krefeld 21-22 June 1943 after one mining raid.


Alfred Teerman may have been a member of the crew of Leonard Eric Harrison's Lancaster that crashed on 22 June 1943.


In Memory of


Flight Sergeant
Royal Australian Air Force
who died on
Tuesday, 22nd June 1943. Age 20.

Son of Walter Gilbert and Rose Agnes Teerman, of Windsor, Queensland, Australia.

Grave Reference/Panel Number: 3. C. 14.

Location:  Rheinberg is 24 kilometres north of Krefeld and 13 kilometres south of Wesel. The cemetery is 3 kilometres south of the centre of the town of Rheinberg on the road to Kamp Lintfort.

Historical Information:  After the battle of the Rhineland, which closed the Rhine throughout its length, came the Allied advance over the river into Germany. The initial crossing of the Rhine-the greatest water obstacle in Western Europe-was effected between Rheinberg and Rees on the night of March 23rd-24th, 1945. There was no fighting in Rheinberg itself but Wesel, the key to the crossing, after preliminary intense bombing by Bomber Command was captured by the Commando Brigade, and was the scene of bitter fighting. The site of the cemetery was chosen in April 1946 by the Army Graves Service for the assembly of British and Commonwealth graves recovered from numerous German cemeteries in the area. The majority were the graves of airmen, mainly from Dusseldorf, Krefeld, Munchen-Gladbach, Essen, Cologne, Aachen and Dortmund. From one town alone-Cologne-over 450 Air Force casualties who had been buried by the Germans were re-buried in this war cemetery. The men of the other fighting services buried here mostly lost their lives during the battle of the Rhineland, or in the crossings over the Rhine. There are over 3,300 1939-1945 burials in this site. In addition, a special memorial commemorates two Australian airmen buried together at the time in Erkelenz Town Cemetery, whose joint grave is now lost. The memorial, inscribed to this effect, bears the quotation "Their glory shall not be blotted out". The 39 special memorials inscribed "Buried near this spot" have been erected to the memory of men known to have been re-buried in the cemetery, whose graves cannot now be precisely located. 


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