"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

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Kirby Bedon Crash Site

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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.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Notes on Hainford

Since I'm having some trouble tracking down a couple of new leads, I thought I'd post a bit of information I have on one of the memorials I'm looking for: Hainford, Norfolk.

Hainford is the site of the Hookem Cow crash on 14 April 1945. She was a B24, flying out of Horsham St Faith. She has her own website, where you can find loads of information:

Hookem Cow

I have found the gravesites of the boys who died in the crash, and they can be found here:

USAAF burials

And here is a photo, from, of the memorial at the crash site. I'm trying to track down the location, but have had no joy as yet. A couple of leads, but nothing substantial.