THE widow of a former Second World War bomber pilot whose aircraft was shot down in 1944 has travelled to Germany to honour the plane's flight engineer.

Hazel Griffiths, 80, from Northwood, visited the Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery to be at the graveside when the remains of the plane's flight engineer were finally laid to rest with full military honours.

Mrs Griffiths' husband, Flying Officer George Griffiths, piloted the aircraft and parachuted to safety shortly before it crashed.

Mrs Griffiths travelled to Germany with her daughter, Karen, to meet the survivors and family members of the crew and to pay her final respects as the remains of Sergeant John Bremner were laid to rest.

She said: "I put a rose onto the graves of those boys who were so loved."

Halifax LW337 from 102 Squadron took off with its crew of eight from its base at RAF Pocklington near York on January 20 destined for a bombing mission to Berlin, but failed to return.

After releasing its bombs and as the bomb doors started to close, it was shot down by a German night fighter.

Four of the crew members, including Mr Griffiths, parachuted to safety seconds before the plane crashed and were later taken prisoner of war.

Two bodies were recovered from the aircraft wreckage and are buried in the Berlin War Cemetery and the other two bodies were never found.

Remains recently unearthed at the crash site were identified as Mr Bremner's and now, 64 years later, he has been buried.

His remains lie in the same area as the grave of the aircraft's second pilot, Sgt Stanbridge.

The burial was witnessed by fellow crew members, Reg Wilson and John Bushell, and family of the other crew members.

The only other crew member who is still alive, Laurie Underwood, could not make the service through ill health.