Memorial to the crash of the B-17G Flying Fortress, Spanish Head, Rushen

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Reference WMO223225

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Coastal footpath

Between Spanish Head and Perwick Bay

East of The Chasms

nr Port St Mary

Isle of Man

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
About the memorial: Stone of remembrance consisting of an inset square black stone tablet with engraved dedication and depictions of a flying fortress, badges of the American Red Cross and US Army 8th Air Force and shield of the Rushen Parish Commissioners. Memorial unveiled 14th April 2012. The location is not really on Spanish Head itself, rather between it and Perwick Bay, just east of another feature known as The Chasms. The exact location has now been corrected on the map and the title changed to reflect that in the IOM National Inventory of War Memorials The memorial can only be reached on foot, being set into the stone wall of a stile on the coastal footpath. To reach it, a visitor would need to drive along Fistard Road out of the village of Port St Mary to the sheep pens at (Google Maps reference) 54.066541, -4.754146. Then take (walk) the signposted coastal path north west (bending south west) for about 250 m until the first stile is reached. The memorial is set into the right hand wall of the stile at about waist height, this been the nearest convenient spot to site the memorial to the actual crash site in an adjacent field. Isle of Man National Inventory of War Memorials: IOM_NIWM_RUS_00008
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On the 14th April 1945 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 42-37840 named 'COMBINED OPERATIONS' of the 306th Bomb Group, US Army 8th Air Force crashed here with the loss of all crew and passengers The crew Pilot: 1st Lieutenant Robert Arthur Vielle, 23 Second Pilot: 2nd Lieutenant Collins Edward Liersch, 22 Navigator: Flight Officer Howard Edward LeCompte Jr, 24 Engineer: Technical Sergeant Earnest Earl Gallion, 21 Radio Operator: Staff Sergeant Chester Frank Smalczewski, 21 The Passengers: Captain Wilber Bradley Butterfield, 24 Captain George E. Cubberley, 32 2nd Lieutenant Austin J. Parrish, 28 Master Sergeant Derrell Sevier Jones, 35 Technical Sergeant William C. Starbuck, 27 Emily Harper Rea, American Red Cross, 33 This memorial was erected by Rushen Parish Commissioners and the Manx Aviation Preservation Society 14th April 2012

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Rushen Parish Commissioners

rushencommissioners@manx.net

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