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A man who once lived in the Buffalo area will be part of a memorial being dedicated in the Netherlands next month, and people there are looking for his relatives.

Thomas A. Sherman, a sergeant in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, was killed Aug. 17, 1941, when his bomber was shot down on the west bank of the Meuse River near the village of Ohe en Laak.

A memorial to the five crew members who died is to be dedicated May 5. But while relatives of the other four crew members have been invited to the ceremony, none could be located for Sherman, according to Marjo Janssen-Huijskens, who contacted The Buffalo News looking for assistance.

Little information could be found concerning Sherman, who apparently lived in the area for only a brief time.

He was a 1937 graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in the Town of Tonawanda but attended the school in only his senior year, according to school records.

His name is on a plaque in the school lobby that honors graduates killed in the war, according to spokeswoman Sharon Myers.

Born in Britain, Sherman was the son of Thomas L. Sherman and Helen McLaren Sherman, who lived in Beloit, Wis. After graduating from St. Joe's, Sherman attended Ohio State University and enlisted in the RCAF in Toronto in 1940, according to the Beloit Daily News.

Anyone with information on Sherman is asked to contact Janssen-Huijskens: marjo.huijskens


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