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Details:

On the right side wall if you are facing the altar.


Plaque

A rectangular, horizontal oriented, brass plaque, that is affixed to a wooden frame. The plaque is inscribed in English in black and incised lettering. On the top of the plaque is the commemoration message followed by the engraved images of the 406th Bomb Squadron insignia, a B-24 Liberator aircraft, and the 8th Air Force insignia. Below these, is the list of names and some info of the aircrew, arranged in columns.

 

On the evening of January 3, 1945, for an undetermined reason, B-24 #42-52650 piloted by 2Lt Ray Hendrix, crashed in Aston Clinton after takeoff for a nighttime leaflet dropping mission. The plane was to make a run over Holland, participating in psychological warfare by dropping leaflets which included a holiday message from the Dutch Queen and reports of how the war had turned in favor of the Allies. The plane had a malfunction 5 minutes after takeoff. Unfortunately, there is no survivor in this crash. 

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

Source of photos: Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register, Google Maps

Monument Text:

IN MEMORY OF

THE CREW OF THE B-24 LIBERATOR.

42-52650, 406TH (NL) SQUADRON, U.S. 8TH AIR FORCE,

WHICH CRASHED IN THIS VILLAGE ON 3RD JANUARY 1945

 

PILOT

CO PILOT

NAVIGATOR

BOMBARDIER

RADIO OP/GNR

ENGINEER/GNR

GUNNER

GUNNER

GUNNER

GUNNER

2ND LIEUT

2ND LIEUT

2ND LIEUT

2ND LIEUT

SERGEANT

SERGEANT

SERGEANT

SERGEANT

SERGEANT

SERGEANT

RAY L. HENDRIX

JEROME PFULLMANN

VINCENT R. MURPHY

CHARLES L. MILLER

JOHN T. WHEATLEY

BLYTHE R. SMYTH

FRANS-JOSEF R. WEIK

WILLIAM K. LAWSON

GEORGE W. HAWKES

SAMUEL SCHAEFFER

 

(continuation…)

 

(SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA)

(NEW BRAUNFELS, TEXAS)

(NEW YORK CITY)

(GROVEPORT, OHIO)

(LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY)

(VIRGINIA)

(TRENTON, NEW JERSEY)

(OKLAHOMA CITY)

(BALDWINVILLE, MASSACHUSETTS)

(NEWARK, NEW JERSEY)

 

 

"WE WILL REMEMBER THEM"

Commemorates:

People:

George Whitney Hawkes

Ray L. Hendrix

William K. Lawson

Charles L. Miller

Vincent R. Murphy

Jerome Pfullmann

Samuel Schaeffer

Blythe R. Smyth

Frans Josef R. Weik

John Thomas Wheatley

Units:

406th Bomber Squadron, 801st Bomb Group

801st Bomber Group

8th Air Force

US Army Air Corps

Wars:

WWII

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