Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Memorial for US airmen

A MEMORIAL service is to be held to mark the 71st anniversary of a plane which crashed near Wargrave during the Second World War.

Nine American airmen were killed when their Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, nicknamed “Sunshine Serenader”, exploded in mid-air and crashed into the Thames on November 13, 1943. The only survivor was Technical Flight Sergeant Alan Purdy, the radio operator, who escaped with a sprained ankle after parachuting from the plane.

The service will be held in Crazies Hill on November 13.

Wargrave Parish Council is considering a request to erect a memorial plaque.

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