Deaths of US airmen over Bulphan in 1943 remembered

LAST weekend saw local councillors Brian and Sue Little attend the 73 commemoration and thanks giving service at St Mary The Virgin Church at Bulphan for the B-17 American Airmen who perished in a mid air collision in September 1943 in the fields at Tillingham Hall Bulphan.

In attendance, Lieutenant Colonel Jim Gingras assistant air attaché US embassy London, Lieutenant Colonel Jason Barnes USAF 351st Air Re-fuelling Squadron Mildenhall and USAF colour party from RAF Mildenhall.

This was one of the many tragic episodes of the Second World War was remember two huge B17 Flying Fortresses collided over East Horndon after returning from an aborted bombing mission to Northern France on September 26, 1943.

There was only one survivor – Sgt John Adams, a tail gunner who span to earth after his section was cut away from one of the planes in the collision.

Many of 21 airmen lost their lives when they tried to escape the wreckage of one of the planes that crashed at Tillingham Hall Farm, Bulphan.

The service was taken by the Reverend Susan Mann rector of Orsett, Bulphan and Horndon with the Right Reverend John Wraw, Bishop of Bradwell.

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