In the grass, beside the Reedham War Memorial, is a memorial stone for crew members who died when their B17s collided on 21 February 1944.
Reedham War Memorial, In the grass, beside the obelisk, is a memorial stone for crew members who died when their B17s collided on 21 February 1944.
Involved in a mid-air collision with another B-17 from the same group on return from operations to airfields in GB on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-31370 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).
There is conflicting information on location of enlistment. American Battle Monuments Commission indicates VA, USA while National Archives and Records Administration indicates Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA.
Units served with
The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Cheyenne 26/10/43; Gr Island 9/11/43; Nashville 11/11/43; Assigned 550BS/385BG [SG-O] Gt Ashfield 24/11/43; mid air coll with 42-37963 ex-Deipholz 21/2/44 with Capt John Hutchison, Co-pilot: Charles Curtis, Navigator: John Epps, Bombardier:...
Military site : airfield
The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...
||Sugar Notch, PA, USA
||7 August 1920
||Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA
||25 July 1942
||Reedham, Norwich, Norfolk, UK
||21 February 1944
||Coton, Cambridge, UK
At Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial