A Tauranga retiree will make a heartfelt voyage to France for a ceremony honouring his uncle who lost his life after being shot down by German troops 75 years ago.

"It will be emotional for me," Welcome Bay resident Richard Marryatt says.

The 80-year-old's uncle, Robert Jack Braddock, was a navigator on a Commonwealth Stirling MK IV plane heading Brittany to deliver arms to the French Resistance when German guns shot it down on August 5, 1944.

The plane crashed into a home in Ploughoumelen, a small village in northwestern France.


The six men on board were instantly killed, along