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Flying Fortress

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Details:

On the east side, right at the entrance track to the church.


Marker

A free-standing rectangular stone with a curved top, inscribed in English in gold lettering with a depicture of a B-17 airplane on the top and USAAF insignia on the bottom. This memorial commemorates the loss of an American Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress over the Essex village of Shalford on 4 August 1944 during the Second World War. On 4th August 1944, a Flying Fortress called ‘Dry Gulcher’ and her crew came down on fields behind Shalford Church having shortly taken off fully laden. All the crew except for SSGT Harold Norris who was the tail gunner made a successful parachute landing, the plane exploded with blast damage damaging Shalford Hall.  The aircraft was based at Ridgewell aerodrome from the 532nd Bomb Squadron part of the 381st Bomb Group. The memorial was erected by his nephew with the help of the Shalford Parish Council and Shalford Local History Society.

Source of information: www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk, www.alamy.com

Source of images: www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk, shalfordessex.org.uk, www.geograph.org.uk 

Monument Text:

THE FLYING FORTRESS DRY GULCHER

AND HER CREW CAME DOWN

AT SHALFORD VILLAGE ON 4 AUGUST 1944

 

IN MEMORY OF THE CREW

WHO SERVED THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM AND OF

HAROLD F. NORRIS WHO HAVE HIS LIFE AT THIS PLEASANT PLACE

 

LT HANLEY G. CUPERNALL

PILOT

CAPT IRVING MOORE

CO-PILOT, DEPUTY MISSION LEAD

LT JAMES W. SNEED, JR

NAVIGATOR

LT CHARLES W. YOUNG

BOMBARDIER

TSGT EARL T. YANKTON

TOP TURRET GUNNER, ENGINEER

LT RUSSELL J. HADLEY

RADAR (MICKEY) OPERATOR

TSGT FRANK H. HEINZE, SR

RADIOMAN

CAPT FRANCIS G. HAWKINS

WAIST GUNNER, PHOTOGRAPHER

SSGT LOREN W. MURPHY

WAIST GUNNER

SSGT HAROLD F. NORRIS

TAIL GUNNER (KILLED)

 

532nd BOMB SQUADRON

381st BOMB GROUP

US ARMY AIR FORCE

Commemorates:

People:

Hanley George Cupernall

Russell J. Hadley

Francis G. Hawkins

Frank H., Sr. Heinze

Irving J. Moore

Loren W. Murphy

Harold F. Norris

James W., Jr. Sneed

Earl Theodore Yankten

Charles W. Young

Units:

381st Bomber Group (Heavy)

532nd Bomber Squadron, 381st Bomb Group

8th Air Force

US Army Air Corps

Wars:

WWII

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