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Monkton Malc
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« on: March 14, 2012, 23:10:38 PM »


On the 27th April 1944, two B-24 Mark H Liberator aircraft of the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) returning from different pre-D-Day raids over France, attempted to make emergency landings at RAF Manston.
 
The first aircraft, No. 41-29509 of the 578th Bombardment Squadron of the 392nd Bombardment Group (‘The Crusaders’) based at Wendling in Suffolk made a forced landing at 6:20 PM in shallow water at Westgate on Sea after being damaged by anti aircraft fire over Dunkerque.
Five of the crew were killed and four injured in the crash. One crew member, radio-operator, T/Sgt Parke V. Kent, parachuted to safety and was captured and so became a POW.


Shortly after this incident at 9:07pm, a second Liberator crashed at Foreness Point. This was from the 446th Bomb Group, 20th Combat Wing, 2nd Air Division, 8th U.S.A.A.F, stationed at Flixton in Norfolk. This had flown 9 missions. It crashed while returning from a mission to bomb marshalling yards at Blainville in Nazi occupied France. 8 of 10 men aboard were killed with two having parachuted to safety just before the crash. They were picked up by the Margate lifeboat, Lord Southborough.

A memorial plaque was erected by the Margate Charter Trustees to coincide with a Service of Remembrance at the Westgate-on-Sea war memorial, on the morning of 27 April 2010, in the presence of Mark Jacob Weinheimer, Anne Keese, Joan Ries and Dona Cox, children of the pilot of the aircraft and in the presence of one of his father’s rescuers as well as an Honour Guard from USAF Mildenhall and the United States military attaché Lt Col Jeff Price.






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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2012, 20:04:00 PM »

I took a detour on the way back home tonight and drove along the seafront at Westgate. Just before you get to the Westgate Pavilion there is this plaque overlooking the bay.

 

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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2012, 21:06:21 PM »

Excellent timing - taking the pictures at 'the going down of the sun'. A nice picture Malc, thanks for detouring.
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2012, 21:10:01 PM »

Thank you John, that is exactly what I was trying to get with the shot. I could have gone that way this morning but it was misty/foggy. I had hoped that the tide was going to be out to see if there was any evidence of scarring in the chalk, but that looks like another trip.
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