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Collision of two KB-29s Plaque

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Details:

On the fašade of the town hall. It is affixed to the wall on the right side of the entrance door.


Plaque

A square granite plaque commemorating the crew members of the two KB-29s who were killed in the crash or collision. The plaque is written in French in gold-leaf and engraved lettering. Listed in two columns, 14 names are commemorated.

 

The Boeing KB-29P Superfortress left RAF Sculthorpe on a training mission to the south of France. While cruising at an altitude of 15,000 feet in low visibility due to poor weather conditions, the airplane struck another USAF Boeing KB-29P Superfortress that was flying in front of it. The first KB-29, registered as 44-69846, was carrying a crew of ten and lost speed for an undetermined reason. Following the collision, both airplanes went out of control, dove into the ground, and crashed in a field located in Morigny, about 25 km south of Saint-Lô. Of the ten crew members aboard 44-69846, one survived. On board 44-83906, five crew survived while four others were killed. The survivors were able to bail out before the impact.

Source of information: www.baaa-acro.com

Source of photos: Régis Biaux / www.aerosteles.net

Monument Text:

A LA MÉMOIRE

DE 14 VICTIMES U.S.

2 FEVRIER 1957

 

CLARKE G.

MC CLURE E.

HARMON D.

SHOBERT R.

KOSIER A.

ERWINE J.

STARLING H.

BURLEY W.

BUFFUM P.

SCHWEIGERT F.

GRIGORY L.

MC CRAY J.

MILLIGAN J.

KEARNS M.

 

 

English translation:

 

IN MEMORY

OF 14 U.S. VICTIMS

FEBRUARY 2, 1957

CLARKE G.

MC CLURE E.

HARMON D.

SHOBERT R.

KOSIER A.

ERWINE J.

STARLING H.

BURLEY W.

BUFFUM F.

SCHWEIGERT F.

GRIGORY L.

MC CRAY J.

MILLIGAN J.

KEARNS M.