(Visits and Trips of Yesterday) Air losses UK

Just outside Cambridge is a large WW2 military cemetery for U S Service Men. A Chapel a Commemorative Wall and Graves remember Americans killed on air operation from Britain and in The Battle of the Atlantic in the war. A small piece of America in peace in England, 3812 bodies are buried and 5127 are listed on the wall and are remembered there. The brother of JFK is remember on the wall, as his body was never recovered. He was on special operations, he and his co-pilot were flying a radio controlled Liberator Bomber packed with explosives their task to get the plane airborne arm the flying bomb of 21,170 lbs of explosives and bail out, the bomber continuing its flight under radio control to be  crashed on it target. Kennedy and his co-pilot armed the flying bomb but something went wrong and it exploded in mid air before they could escape the aircraft the RAF Mosquito following was hit by bits from the exploding Liberator forcing it to make an emergency landing.

We were lucky enough to be at the air museum at Duxford when the flying fortresses (B17) started up and I was able to take the picture posted in this blog as it took off.

Graves

Graves

Air gunner

Air gunner

chapel

ceiling

ceiling

B17 Duxford

B17 Duxford

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