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 their son, on the right, the nephews and niece of Hank Hyde - Jim Walker, Stacey and David Bromhead.
Memorial to American pilot Hank Hyde, whose aircraft crashed at this site on 7 June 1944.
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 | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 366th Fighter Group
Hank Hyde served as a pilot with the 366th Fighter Group. He had enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force on his 18th birthday in 1941. Later transferring to the USAAF, he arrived in the UK in January 1944. Hyde was killed on an armed reconnaissance...
Pilot Hank Hyde was shot down in P-47 Thunderbolt serial number 42-76309 on 7 June 1944. The aircraft crashed into a farmer's field in Saint Martin de Blagny, France. Years later, parts of the wreckage were still being found.