Norfolk

D-Day: Garveston memorial to mark WWII US plane crash

  • 6 June 2012
  • From the section Norfolk

A memorial is being unveiled on D-Day to mark the deaths of 12 people who died when a US bomber plane crashed in a Norfolk village in 1944.

A black marble stone enscribed with the names of 10 airmen and two firefighters will be revealed later in Garveston, near Dereham.

Relatives of the men are expected to attend a remembrance service and an F-15 aircraft flypast.

A number of US military personnel will also attend the ceremony.

The World War II memorial near the village hall was entirely funded by local residents, ceremony organiser Tony Cadney said.

The B-24 Liberator Bomber, which flew out of North Pickenham, crashed on 4 June 1944 on its way to support the D-Day landings in France, killing all on board.

Mr Cadney said it was thought the plane crashed after trying to avoid another aircraft.

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