Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1988, Senior Aircraftman Ian Shinner, the Royal Air Force, was killed in Roermond in the Netherlands.
Stationed at R.A.F. Wildenrath in Germany, he had been out for the evening with friends, visiting pubs including the King George, which known to be a favourite with British service personnel. In the early hours of the morning he was in a car with two friends when members of the IRA opened fire on them with a machine-gun, firing at least twenty shots. SAC Shinner was killed and his friends were injured but survived their injuries. There were no eye-witnesses, and locals who only heard the shooting reported that they thought the noise was from fireworks.
SAC Shinner’s grandmother commented: “The IRA boast about their deeds as if they were brave heroes, but they are cowards. They are like rats from the sewer, who come out of their dark corner to attack vulnerable and innocent people who cannot defend themselves”.
Ian, from Cheshire, was 20 years old.