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B17 42-107010 Plaque

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Details:

Mounted on a wall inside the church.


Plaque

A rectangular green metal plaque on a wooden back board inscribed in English in impressed white lettering. The plaque commemorates and lists the 9 names of the crew of the B17 42-107010 ‘Glory Ann II’ also known as ‘Close Prop.’ #42-107010 of the 569th Bombardment Squadron crashed into Parham village at 0835, one minute after takeoff. The airplane’s wings iced up causing faulty controls and crashing near the village. The crew consisted of Flying Officers James McGuire, Pilot; Hamilton H. Swasey, Co-pilot; Albert V. Banning, Navigator; M/Sgt John F. Graham; T/Sgts Pleasant D. Ralston, Top Turret, and Dominick Licata, Radio Operator; and Sgts Devere Murdock, Ball Turret Gunner; Francis Tornabene, Waist Gunner; and James L. Trotter, Tail Gunner.

Source of information: www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk, Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register, waynes-journal.com

Source of photos: www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk, Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register

Monument Text:

IN MEMORY

OF

 

F/O ALBERT V. BANNING

 

F/O JAMES MCGUIRE

MSGT JOHN F. CRAFTON

SGT JAMES L. TROTTER

SGT FRANCIS R. TORNABONE

F/O HAMILTON SWASEY

TSGT PLEASANT D. RALSTON

TSGT DOMINICK LICATA

SGT DEVERE MURDOCK

 

 

THE CREW OF AIRCRAFT 42-107010

A B-17 WHICH CRASHED IN

PARHAM 27 DECEMBER 1944

 

THEY GAVE THEIR LIVES IN DEFENCE OF LIBERTY

Commemorates:

People:

Albert Vernon Banning

John F. Crafton

Dominick Licata

James Edward McGuire

Devore, Jr. Murdock

Pleasant David, Jr. Ralston

Hamilton Harvey Swasey

Francis R. Tornabene

James Lawrence Trotter

Units:

390th Bomber Group

569th Bomber Squadron, 390th Bomber Group

8th Air Force

US Army Air Corps

Wars:

WWII

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