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Memorial at the crash site of B-17 42-97479 'Belle of Liberty', dedicated to the crew who were killed. It was unveiled in a service on Sunday 10 September 2017.

Connections

Units

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Harold Barner

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Wilfred Bedard

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Charles Chambers

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • John Cowan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Arthur Estrada

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Edward Porter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Thomas Standish

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Joseph Van Stratton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bomber pilot
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G #42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30/12/44, Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • William White

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

Aircraft

  • 42-97479 'Belle of Liberty'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/11/43; Kearney 12/12/43; Cleveland 26/12/43; Presque Is 30/12/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-L] Podington 27/1/44; Damaged on the 6 March 1944 mission to bomb the ball-bearing plant at Erkner, in the outskirts of Berlin. Walsh crew....

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 October 2017 12:09:14 Lucy May Changes to unit associations
Sources

Correction: Old Bolingbroke Parish Council organised the laying and dedication of the memorial.

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2017 15:03:30 Lucy May Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Shared with the American Air Museum by Reuben Holmes, who arranged the dedication and unveiling service for the memorial on 10 September 2017.

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