New Westminster Museum and Archives, 374.

WWII ended on September 2, 1945. More than 45,000 Canadian soldiers lost their lives to the war, including Hugh VanderVeen from Coquitlam. Hugh fought in the Royal Canadian Air Force. In 1944, his entire crew of nine went missing in action in a massive raid in Hamburg and were presumed dead. Hugh’s body was never found. To her dying day, his mother expected her son to return home, but he never did.