B-24J 42-51343 'Shazam' Framed Plaque
Within the church, at the rear, hanging on the rood screen.
Two printed papers framed with a glass pane and wooden border; one of a photograph of the aircrew, and the other with details of the Liberator, its crew, and the crash. The plaques pertain to the crew of the B-24J #42-51343 'Shazam' who died in the crash of their airplane in Carr's Hill Wood, Costessey, on March 7, 1945. There are 2 more memorials relating to the crew and the crash; one is outside the church and the other is in the Costessey cemetery.
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Last Flight of the Liberator
Planted in 1992, in memory of 10 members of 564 Bomb Squadron, USAF
Who crashed in Carr's Hill Wood, Costessey
7 March 1945
The memorial is to the crew of B-24J Liberator 'Shazam' (42-51343 / K-YO) of the 564th
Bombardment Squadron, 389th Bombardment Group from Hethel, Norfolk. The mission that day
was oil and communication targets including the rail yards at Soest, Bielefeld and the viaduct at
Schildesche. 'Shazam' crashed after take off killing the entire crew.
A separate memorial plaque lists the crew
1st Lt Dale E Williams (Pilot)
2nd Lt Richard K Angert
T/Sgt Marion J Kaczmarek
S/Sgt George W Eckelbecker
S/Sgt John A Luther
1st Lt George E Benko
Sgt Hubert D Pfeiffer
S/Sgt James V Hill
S/Sgt Alan E Whitehurst
Cpl Dwayne H Huebner
Lt. Dale E. Williams crew, aircraft "Shazam"
The target for the day was the Soest Marshaling Yards. They crashed shortly after take off in
cloudy weather with heavy icing. Because no one survived the crash and the weather clouded
the crash from the view of other aircraft and civilians on the ground, the exact cause of the crash
was never determined. Three witnesses on the ground saw the aircraft moments before it hit the
ground. All said that the aircraft was on fire when it broke through the low clouds and that the
plane appeared to level off before the right wing broke off the aircraft and the fuselage crashed
into the ground and exploded.
Crash remains, B-24J Liberator 'Shazam" (42-51343 / K-YO) of the 564th Bombardment
Squadron, 389th Bombardment Group (Hethel)