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Freckleton

Crash site

Detailed history

From Mrs. PA Knight: "The memorial commemorates the American B-24 bomber that crashed into Freckleton on August 23, 1944, killing 61 people, including the USAAF crew and school children.

On the day both my parents who attended that school escaped due to the help of the American servicemen who formed a chain to get children over the school wall and into a safe area, several American personnel suffered burns trying to help children trapped.

For the past 74 years, we have held a service at 10:30am on the 23rd August to remember all those affected both sides of the pond."

Connections

People

  • John Bloemendal

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | Base Air Depot 2
    Test pilot. Was pilot of the plane that was hit by lightning and blew up and crashed into the Freckelton school and a snack bar. Plane was #42-50291 a B-24

Aircraft

  • 42-50291 Classy Chassis II

    B-24 Liberator
    Classy Chassis II was one of two refurbished B-24 heavy bombers, being made ready for delivery when it departed Base Air Depot 2 (BAD2) at Warton on a test flight. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2019 09:41:31 U.S. Embassy-London Changes to latitude and longitude
Sources

This entry was collected by the United States Embassy as part of a campaign to remember the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy (D-Day). Personal stories from veterans and members of the British public were collected to celebrate the sacrifices made in the name of freedom.

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2019 09:30:42 U.S. Embassy-London Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, history, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

This entry was collected by the United States Embassy as part of a campaign to remember the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy (D-Day). Personal stories from veterans and members of the British public were collected to celebrate the sacrifices made in the name of freedom.

Mrs. PA Knight submitted this entry.

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