391st Bomb Group USAF

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Reference WMO261941

Address:

St Mary the Virgin Church

Matching, Essex

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Glass Glass
  • Paper Paper
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Painted
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Framed and glazed appreciation of the role of the USAF group based nearby.
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BETWEEN JANUARY AND OCTOBER 1944 AMERICAN AIRMEN OF THE 391ST BOMB GROUP, 9TH AIR FORCE WERE STATIONED AT MATCHING GREEN. WHILST DAILY ENGAGED IN REDUCING GERMAN POSITIONS ACROSS THE CHANNEL THEY WERE RECEIVED WITH WARM HOSPITALITY, KINDNESS, UNDERSTANDING AND FRIENDSHIP IN THE SURROUNDING VILLAGES. DURING THESE MONTHS THE GROUP FLEW 6,000 SORTIES AND DROPPED 18 MILLION POUNDS OF HIGH EXPLOSIVES ON HITLER'S EUROPEAN FORTRESS, SUFFERING THE LOSS OF 197 AIRMEN KILLED, WOUNDED AND MISSING. THE PLAQUE IS PLACED HERE BY THE SURVIVING OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE GROUP, IN MEMORY OF OUR FRIENDS WHO DID NOT COME BACK, AND IN APPRECIATION OF YOU FRIENDSHIP, WITH THE HOPE THAT AMERICANS AND ENGLISHMEN WILL CONTINUE TO STAND TOGETHER IN THE GREAT TRIALS STILL TO COME FOR FREE MEN (EXACT LINE SPACING UNKNOWN)

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