"Take these men as your example, like them remember that posterity can only be for the free: that freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it." Pericles, 431 BC

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Somerleyton update

It is a beautiful, beautiful sunny day here in Suffolk. With an ill husband, I've had to put the memorial hunts on hold for a while, but this morning, I took my dog for a walk out to the Somerleyton/Blundeston memorial. I stupidly didn't take even one gadget to take pictures with, but it looks lovely, surrounded by daffodils. I DID take the satnav, so I have the correct coordinates now:

52.50532, 1.67892

Friday, 13 December 2013


Village Hall, Frettenham

52.71224, 1.31395
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photos taken 11 December 2013

Kingsley Crew

Frettenham Village History

This memorial, inside the village hall, commemorates the crash of the Belle of Boston. Trevor Hewitt was instrumental in getting this display installed. The cases are made from English Oak from trees in the village, and a village craftsman built them free of charge.

Trevor's grandfather and father pulled the crew from the Belle of Boston, which crashed on Frettenham Common on 8 May 1944 shortly after takeoff. When the memorial was dedicated  in 2004 the hall was packed to overflowing.

Items retrieved from the crash site.


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photos taken 11 December 2013

Hookem Cow website

458th Bomb Group

Finally! We were able to spend a couple hours with Trevor Hewitt, who was responsible for this memorial, which lies at the place the fuselage of the Hookem Cow came to rest. Trevor is very knowledgeable about the three crashes in the area: The Sally, the Hookem Cow and the Belle of Boston. His father and grandfather pulled the crew from the Belle of Boston, which crashed on Frettenham Common.

This  is on the entrance drive to a farm, so is private property; please be respectful if you visit. The  memorial isn't very big, and looks better in the summer! This was a difficult memorial to find, so I'm very pleased to have been able to visit and learn so much from Trevor.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Kirby Bedon Crash Site

52.60941, 1.37093
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Photos taken 27 November 2013

This is a small memorial, on the side of a field in Kirby Bedon, close to the site of the crash. You can park on Mill Hill, which is a one-track dirt road, just across from the entrance to the conservation area. You'll need to drag open the gate (be sure to shut it again!), and walk up to the memorial. We followed the track until the bracken got too thick, then walked around the field to the site of the memorial. Be sure to take your wellies!

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Book Recommendation

I've just started reading this. I borrowed it from the local library, but I'm going to have to buy it. A fascinating read for anyone who has an interest in what the Eight did over here.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Virtual Cemeteries

I'm still trying to find locations for a couple of memorials, so while I'm waiting, I've been looking up the gravesites of the boys who are mentioned on crash memorials in the area. Find a Grave is a valuable resource, and I have set up two virtual cemeteries: one for those buried in the American cemetery at Madingley, Cambridgeshire, and another for all of them.

Here they are:

American Cemetery at Madingley


I've also put these links in the "links" section of the blog.