Enrico “Eric” William Zaccheo RAFVR was the son of Enrico and May (nee Wellard)
of Standish, Gloucestershire. His father, Enrico came from Colmegna in Northern
Italy, arriving in England in 1902.His mother was from Gillingham in Kent. Eric
was originally born in Nettley, South London in 1912, having two sisters born in
1905 and 1907 and then in 1921 a brother Francis who also served in the RAF,
surviving the war. Enrico was known as Eric by his family and long-term
girlfriend, and worked with his brother as a printer prior to them both
enlisting at the same time.
Enrico and his crew
In 1956/7 the British Legion took some of the families over to visit the graves
of the crew in the Buren General Cemetery.
aftermath of the crash of Enrico's Halifax,
a member of the Dutch underground movement buried the crew
with the people of Buren laying flowers at the funeral,
to the displeasure of the occupying Germans. In the same cemetery the bodies of
some German casualties were buried, which after the war had finished were re
interred back in Germany.
and his crew rest in the Buren General cemetery.