Maj D E Bradley, Lt G Strong and 437th Troop Carrier Group USAAF


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Address:

Red Lion Pub

In the car park

Axford, Wiltshire

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Stone of remembrance
Materials:
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: ROUGH HEWN PURBECK STONE WITH SMOOTH FRONT. INSCRIPTION IN INCISED BLACK LETTERING. DEPICTION OF DAKOTA TOWING HORSA GLIDER AND COLOURED BADGE OF USAAF
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DEDICATED TO HONOR (SIC) THE MEMBERS OF THE/ 437TH TROOP CARRIER GROUP/ UNITED STATES ARMY NINTH AIR FORCE/ WORLD WAR II/ WHO WERE STATIONED AT RAMSBURY AIRFIELD/ AND PARTICIPATED IN THE CAMPAIGNS OF/ NORMANDY, ARDENNES, NORTHERN FRANCE,/ RHINELAND AND CENTRAL EUROPE/ WHERE THE RIVER KENNET FLOWS OVER/ THE SMALL WEIR BEYOND THIS SPOT,/ MAJOR DONALD E. BRADLEY/ AND 1ST LT. GAYFORD STRONG/ MEMBERS OF THE 83RD SQUADRON/ 437TH TROOP CARRIER GROUP/ DIED IN A CRASH OF A / DOUGLAS DAKOTA C47 AIRCRAFT ON/ MARCH 11TH 1944./ THEY WERE ATTEMPTING TO RETRIEVE A/ HORSA GLIDER THAT HAD BROKEN FREE/ IN A PRACTICE MISSION AND LANDED IN THE/ FIELD ABOVE THIS SPOT./ CAPTAIN LEE GILLETTE, 83RD SQUADRON/ FLIGHT SURGEON, ALTHOUGH SERIOUSLY INJURED,/ SURVIVED THE ACCIDENT AND RETURNED TO DUTY/ AFTER 5 WEEKS IN THE US ARMY HOSPITAL AT/ BURDEROP PARK, WROUGHTON, WILTS.

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