50 Manche City : Les Pieux
Coordinates : 49°30'52"N 1°48'23"W
49°30.872 N 1°48.391 W
The town's main square.
Take the D650 SW from Cherbourg then the D4 into Les Pieux. The monument is on the eastern side of the road.
In memory of the brave Americans from plane No. [sic] 1177 November 12th 1942
A Resistance group
Ten B-26s of 439th Bomber Squadron were transferred from Attelbridge to North Africa in support of Operation Torch. One of them, N 1777, was shot down near Les Pieux. It was piloted by Lt W.A. Bloom and was ferrying members of 319th Bomb Group's HQ element, including the second-in-command, Lt Col A. Rutherford. He was accompanied by A.K. Perry, A.F. Bettge, H.E. Biggers, J.R. Howell, R.N. Henslee, A.T. Bender, F. Slater, and J.J. Gubala.
Source: « André Hamel. 1939-1945 en Hague-Sud. Eurocibles. 2005 »
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Notified by : Philippe Bauduin.
Record added 12/03/2009.
Photos : Philippe Bauduin (2009).
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