Memorial at Saint Martin de Blagny

Aircraft crash site

Object Number - UPL 22156 - Dedication of the memorial to American pilot Hank Hyde, whose aircraft crashed at this site on 7 June 1944. On the left, Mr and Mrs Demazier and...


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Second Lieutenant Hank Hyde's plane crashed into a field at Saint Martin de Blagny on 7 June 1944. Hank was able to get out of the P-47 Thunderbolt and run a few steps before being shot by Germans who had followed the smoke trail.

In 2014, Mr and Mrs Demazier honoured Hyde with a beautiful Memorial Service held in their field and arranged an incredible day where the Mayor and MPs came along, giving speeches and the road was filled with the local villagers to honour the American pilot. They have also erected a beautiful Memorial Stone and Plaque in their field with his name and rank to ensure his name is not forgotten by those who pass.

Hyde's niece, Stacey Bromhead, and his nephews, David Bromhead and Jim Walker, were present. Stacey said they 'felt so humbled and proud' to be a part of such an occasion.


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 366th Fighter Group 390th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-816107
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot


  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 366th Fighter Group


Date10 Jun 2016 09:37:03
ContributorLucy May

Correspondence with Stacey and David Bromhead, and with Jim Walker - niece and nephews of Hank Hyde.

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