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Finaghy flyers who perished in war honoured in memorial service

Eddie McIlwaine

t's going to be a poignant evening service at Lowe Memorial Presbyterian Church on Sunday, November 17 (7pm), when the Rev James Burnett and his kirk session set out to research the lives and honour the memory of five young RAF flyers from the congregation who were killed during the Second World War.

"It is humbling to learn of the sacrifice they made," says Rev Burnett, who is aware that around 50 volunteers from the Finaghy church served in the war.

So anyone who has knowledge of the five heroes who gave their lives should come to the service that night, or contact the Lowe Memorial office at 028 9062 6561.

The five, whose names will eventually dominate a book of remembrance in the church, were:

* Sgt Harold C Moorby (31), killed in action at Snowdonia in Wales, January 1940, and buried at Knockbreda churchyard;

Thomas Patterson (29), killed in action, January 1943, in North Africa.

* Flying Officer Thomas G Rodgers (25), of Finaghy, killed August 1943 in Scotland in a collision between two aircraft. Also buried at Knockbreda.

* Sgt Walter Thompson (20), killed in action off the coast of Holland, June 1942.

* William Wallace (31), killed in action in Burma, January 1945.

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