21 MAY 2019

When a bomber crash-landed in St Margaret's in 1945

Residents of St Margaret's unveiled a memorial to remember when a bomber crash-landed in their quiet village during the Second World War.

The B17 crash-landed in a field behind Nelson Park Road in St Margaret's in 1945 on its return from a bombing mission over Germany.

The aircraft was part of the 478th Bombardment Group assigned to the 8th Air Force based at Lavenham, Suffolk.

The memorial constituted a plaque carrying the names of the crew – Capt Frank Casey, Lt Harry Sanner, Lt Bernhard Nelson, Lt Earl Grimshaw, Capt James Kane, T/Sgt Thomas Dye, T/Sgt Ray Armstrong. T/Sgt Ted Farley, S/Sgt William Jeffries, and S/Sgt Thomas Burnette.

Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke, who lives in the village, was one of a throng of residents who attended the unveiling ceremony on Saturday.

Charlie said: "The Second World War gave us so many tales of daring and heroism – and this particular one lives long in the minds of our village.

"It was luckier than most because it had a happy ending – thankfully all survived. So many others as we know did not.

"We should never forget our ancestors' immense bravery and sacrifice – the lucky ones, the far less lucky ones and the devastated loved ones left behind.

"Without all of them we simply would not have the freedoms we enjoy today."


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