US bomber July 4th 1943

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 61 Orne   City  : Belfonds
Coordinates : 48°36'6"N 0°5'10"E.  48.60177 0.08617.  48°36.106 N 0°5.170 E

A small stone trail contains a memorial to US aviators.

Take the D26 N from Alencon to Mortree. Then take the D958 to Sées. 2km down turn onto the D302 to Belfonds then C5 towards Ferrière Bechet then La Philippière. Once there take the stone trail for 300m. The monument is on the right after the stream.
A US bomber crashed near here on July 4th 1943, killing two crew members. Donald W. Irvine -bombardier Francis M. Hackley -navigator Two were taken prisoner. Six others escaped to fight another day thanks to the help of locals. 18 of those were deported to Germany, seven never came back. KIA in 1944 Francis Collet Jean Daniel Berthy Bouyer Roger Gaulard Missing Edouard Paysant (son) Dead for liberty.

Of the 18 Resistance members who helped the crew and were subsequently arrested for it, 7 never came back from deportation.

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Notified by : Philippe Bauduin.   Record added 14/10/2008.
Photos : Philippe Bauduin (10/2008).
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Memorial US bomber July 4th 1943 Belfonds Orne (61)
Philippe Bauduin 10/2008

Memorial US bomber July 4th 1943 Belfonds Orne (61)
Philippe Bauduin 10/2008

Memorial US bomber July 4th 1943 Belfonds Orne (61)
Philippe Bauduin 10/2008