USAAF Mid-Air Collision

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Balls Hill




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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Stone of remembrance
  • Brick Brick
  • Stone Slate
Lettering: Incised
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Brick and slate roadside construction paying tribute to 17 American aircrew from two Flying Fortresses which collided in mid-air.
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Mid-Air Tragedy - 2nd October 1944. To honour and forever remember the seventeen American Airmen of the USAAF 447th Bombardment Group (H), who lost their lives after a tragic accident above this location. Two Boeing B-17G Flying Fortresses collided and fell from the sky whilst assembling for another mission in the fight for freedom. As you stand at this memorial, aircraft s/n 43-38245 (711th Bomb Squadron) fell to earth here in the parish of Hitcham. Aircraft s/n 44-6460 (710th Bomb Squadron) crashed on remote farmland less than a mile to the North West in the parish of Kettlebaston.

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