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Carlton Colville

Crash site

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Memorial for 2 men who died when their B17 crashed at Grove Farm, Carlton Colville, Pakefield, Lowestoft, Suffolk on 14 March 1945. There are also 4 roads in the immediate area which are named in honour of the incident:
Portch Close
Seavert Close
Fortress Road
Ohio Close



  • Robert Portsch

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17G #44-6570. AC crashed after turning back from mission with No 2 engine smoking. Crew bailed out. Portsch stayed with AC to fly it out to sea, but crashed before reaching coast.

  • Douglas Seavert

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 487th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 14 Mar 1945 B-17G #44-6570. AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster


  • 44-6570

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 9/9/44; Grenier 26/9/44; Assigned 836BS/487BG [2G-P] Lavenham 15/10/44; ct fire on take off for Hannover with Bob Portsch; crashed Grove Fm, Pakefield, Sfk, UK; 2KIA 8 bailed; Salvaged.


Date Contributor Update
24 September 2017 12:03:51 usxpat Changes to person associations


Date Contributor Update
19 August 2017 09:27:19 Rob in Norwich Changes to history

Edit of history. The history said '5 roads' and one of those named (Bloomfield...) seems unconnected with the memorial. The memorial itself says '4 roads'. In the edit I change '5' to '4' and deleted the fifth listed road (Bloomfield Way). The four remaining roads as named all have relevant connections: 'Portsch' and 'Seavert' are the surnames of those who died in the crash, the plane was a Flying 'Fortress', and Seavert's home was in 'Ohio'.

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2015 19:05:45 usxpat Changes to history

Find A Grave Memorial# 56294211
Find A Grave Memorial# 82231246

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2015 16:16:36 usxpat Changes to media associations

Atkins private collection

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2015 16:13:28 usxpat Created entry with name, known as, latitude, longitude, history, person associations and aircraft associations

Atkins private collection