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All Saints, Upper Sheringham

Crash site

Detailed history

On the 1st of January 1944, B24 42-7485, "Alfred," crashed near this spot. There is a memorial in the churchyard remembering the event. The church also holds a copy of the book, Not Forgotten, by Doug F Willies.

Connections

People

  • James Barton

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 392nd Bomb Group
    hit by flak, trying to get back to base their B-24 'Alfred' #427485, lost 3 engines but got them restarted, lost fuel and realized they might have to ditch in North Sea. Did make it back to land and crashed near Sheringham Injured.

  • Earl Johnson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 392nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak, trying to get back to base. Their B-24 'Alfred,' #427485, lost 3 engines but got them restarted; lost fuel and realized they might have to ditch in North Sea. Did make it back to land and crashed near Sheringham. Injured.

  • Parke Kent

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 392nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak, trying to get back to base. Their B-24 'Alfred' #42-7485, lost 3 engines but got them restarted; lost fuel and realized they might have to ditch in North Sea. Did make it back to land and crashed near Sheringham. Injured. Later was shot...

  • Virgil Thomson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 392nd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA), hit by flak, trying to get back to base their B-24 'Alfred' #42-7485, lost 3 engines but got them restarted, lost fuel and realized they might have to ditch in North Sea. Did make it back to land and crashed near Sheringham.

  • Lester Wagner

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 392nd Bomb Group
    Entered service at New Cumberland, PA September 1942. Joined 392nd October 1943. Rank at end of WW II was T/Sergeant. Pilot-Colby Waugh. Discharged June 1951. hit by flak, trying to get back to base their B-24 'Alfred' #42-7485, lost 3 engines but got...

  • Henry Wilk

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner; Armorer | 392nd Bomb Group
    Hit by flak, trying to get back to base, their B-24 'Alfred,' #427485, lost 3 engines but got them restarted; lost fuel and realized they might have to ditch in North Sea. Did make it back to land and crashed near Sheringham. Injured. . He is the...

Aircraft

  • 42-7485 Alfred

    B-24 Liberator
    “Was named by the Layton crew after the cartoons in Collier’s magazine depicting a none too smart swabbie named “Alfred”. T/Sgt Marion H. Derey was the crew chief. “ (b24.net) The aircraft was badly damaged during a combat mission to Kiel. The pilot...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 April 2015 15:10:49 usxpat Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, history and media associations
Sources

http://eastangliamemorials.blogspot.co.uk/

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