Warrant Officer Bernard Rink  

W/O2 Bernard Rink - RCAF (2nd from right) and crew.

 W/O 2 Bernie Rink RCAF from Kendal, Saskatchewan volunteered, (having lied about his age, being 17 at the time), to become an air gunner for 576 Squadron. His brother Wendelin was killed serving with the Davenport crew in 431 Squadron on 11.11.1945. Bernie and his crew were also on this mission from their base at Fiskerton and saw the his brother's Lancaster go down.


 He was one of five brothers, Anton, Joe, Daniel & Wendelin. Daniel served as an instructor at the Bombing & Gunnery School at Dauphin, Manitoba before being sent to England for the last months of the war .Another brother, Joe served overseas with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry,4th Brigade,2nd Canadian Division through France, Belgium,Holland and Germany. Joe was wounded at Woemsdrecht and sent to hospital at Reading, Berkshire where he visited both Wendelin and Bernie. Anton(Tony) served in the Seaforth Highlanders 2nd Brigade, 1st Canadian division in Italy and Holland.

 Berne Rink  made some 34 bombing trips and survived the war.

  Photo courtesy of Richardiena Delwo, research by Linda Ibrom.