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26/12/2011

"LUCKY LADY III", la forteresse volante venue assister à un mariage au Faît des Marnes...

L’équipage de la forteresse volante "Lucky Lady III", de l’U S Air Force s’était invité, pendant la dernière guerre, à un mariage du côté du Faît des Marnes (illustration NoËl 2010) à Assigny.

Tous ceux  qui ont répondu, l’été 2010, à l’invitation de l’Office de Tourisme Cœur du Pays-Fort, à visiter Assigny ont entendu la narration de cette aventure humaine peu banale.

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La noce fit un break puis la fête repris avec invités tombés du ciel...

Le Technical Sgt. Ed Hinrichs a publié en 2004 une compilation de 250 pages concernant tous les avions disparus de la de la huitième 452ème Bomb Group de l’Air Force : "Missing Planes Groups of the 452nd Bomb Group". Il énumère tous les membres d’équipage, détaille chaque mission, etc....Lisez...

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"Plane # 43-37695, "Lucky Lady III", Flack, Made a wheel up landing near Assigny N. Bourges, France

"I received this story from Bill Roche June 30 1998.

We had crashed Landed in France following a mission to Chemnitz, forteresse Ed Hinrichs.jpgvolante.jpgGermany. We had been hit on the way to the target, probably over Frankfurt, Germany. However we continued on despite flak damage to one engine, which caused considerable loss of power. Over the target during the bomb run ve were hit again and another engine was damaged by flak and we started losing altitude. The pilot decided our best chance was to head for Brussels, Belgium. After flying for some time, we descended through the clouds until we broke through the overcast and could see the ground. The pilot Allen A. Marksien, ordered us to jettison everything possible to lighten the load. When it appeared that we were almost out of fuel, the pilot spotted a fairly level piece of round and decided to crash land. We dropped the ball turret and braced ourselves for a crash Landinq in the radio room. It turned out that the level piece of ground was really a hill and on our first attempt to Land, we hit the top of a tree and had to go around. We had a problem with the electrical system and the flight electrical, John Colvin, had to crank the flaps up and down manually. On the second attempt we went straight into the aide of the hill and skidded through the mud. No one was injured! The name of the hill is Le Fait des Marnes and it is near the village of Assigny in the province of Cher.

Technical Sgt. Ed Hinrichs.jpgWe spent several days waiting in Assigny and were then flown back to England on or about Feb.10. Where we continued flying missions until we forteresse volante.jpgwere shot down on Feb.26.

I visited the site of the crash on 18 May 1998 and had a tremendously warm reception from the entire village, the mayor Consul General and Veteran's Groups. The villager’s still have photos of the crashed plane and pieces of the plane as souvenirs.

I found out though newspapers in the province that American Authorities at the Troop Carrier Base in Orleans had attempted to get our plane back in service but was unable to get if off the hilt. The papers had several pictures of the plane taken in Feb.1945 showing it up on its wheels and showing it stripped of its engines"

2nd/Lt.   Allen A. Macksian       Pilot          RTD

2nd/Lt.   Robert H. Hedenus     Copilot        RTD

F/0.        Clinton Day                Navigator   RTD

F/0.        Thomas Coleman        Bombardier RTD

S/Sgt.     William L. Roche         W. Gunner  RTD

Sgt.        Walter D. Hendoricks  B.T. Gunner RTD

S/Sgt.     John F. Codvin           Engineer      RTD

Sgt.        Othel G. Martin          Tait Gunner  RTD

S/Sgt.     Stanley A. Jasinski      Radioman    RTD..."

 

Benoit Forest, de Savigny, continue encore et toujours les recherches effectuées sur Lucky Lady 3 démarrées depuis bientôt 15 ans et relativement abouties depuis la visite de William Roche en 1998... Si des photos (ou autres) traînent au fond de vos tiroirs, différentes de celles parues dans les articles que j'avais écrits cette même année, pensez à Benoît...

Commentaires

Vous avez les coordonnées de Monsieur Forest ?

Écrit par : Alain D. | 26/12/2011

Voici son adresse mail: benoit.clarisse.for@wanadoo.fr

Écrit par : Philippe | 26/12/2011

On pourra lire mon article paru le 7 juillet 2011 dans Le Berry au sujet du bombardier US.

Écrit par : Michel Coquery | 26/12/2011

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