Memorial Plaque to crew of XC Sqn Flying Fortress AN534 WP-E

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Reference WMO/265171

Address:

St. Botolph's Church

Stoke Albany

Market Harborough

LE16 8PZ

England

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Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: XC Sqn Flying Fortress AN534 WP-E 28/07/41 had departed from Polebrook at 1700 for a High-Altitude test flight on 28/07/41 During the flight, the aircraft suffered catastrophic in-flight structural failure and broke up over the area above Stoke Albany. All the crew were killed in the tragedy, including a serving member of the USAAF who, as the US had not yet entered WWII at this point was not initially included in the casualty lists. He was later included - but only listed as an "Observer". Bomber Command's initial experiences with the B17 were not successful. Only later in the war did B17's return to Bomber Command Ops serving primarily with 100 (BS) Gp Sqn's
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