SSAFA helps find the family of WW2 hero

11 May 2015

SSAFA helps find the family of WW2 hero

Earlier this year we asked the public to help us find the family of Flight Lieutenant Alfred Edward David Ashcroft so that they could attend the unveiling of a memorial in the Belgium village where he died.


Relatives of Flight Lieutenant Alfred Edward David Ashcroft, 24, a navigator and wireless operator from Surrey, were traced after an appeal by SSAFA and the Sunday Express. 

He was killed with Australian pilot William Searle Vale, 27, when their Mosquito came down in a field near Drieslinter on October 6, 1944. 

They were returning to RAF Swannington in Norfolk after a raid on Bremen and Dortmund in Germany. 

The sacrifice of the airmen fighting to free people from German occupation touched villagers so much they are still remembered decades later. 

Belgian authorities contacted SSAFA to ask for help tracing the relatives of the war hero so they could attend an unveiling of a plaque honouring them on the anniversary of VE Day. SSAFA then approached The Sunday Express who published the story.

Read the story of how Alfred's family were found and their touching trip to Belgium.