View Full Version : USAAF P-51 pilot killed in 04-07-1944.Village unveils memorial today.Pics here.

07-04-2007, 08:07 AM
Lots of TV cameras there to record the event as-well as stills,so will be on local TV later this evening as-well as newspapers.

It was a very moving occasion, and the area was crammed with locals, some of who witnessed the event. Everything passed off very respectfully.

Didn't know anything about his heroism until I read the following link. Sad loss, but very brave.

Cheers, MP.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/content/articles/2005/06/06/...perrin_feature.shtml (http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/content/articles/2005/06/06/captain_perrin_feature.shtml)

Here are my pictures:


This is a copy of him aboard his P-47 in 1942.


The flags are raised to unveil the memorial at the site of the crash


Wreaths are placed at the foot of the memorial by the RAF and USAAF





Close-ups of the Memorial and inscription



Staff Sergeant Shane Kibbey sounds 'Taps'



Relatives of Capt.Perrin stand with the memorial


Close-up of the P-51D, "Ferocious Frankie" of the Old Flying Machine Company as it makes it's flypast in very low cloud.


Final image of P-51D, "Ferocious Frankie" of the Old Flying Machine Company as it makes it's final pass with the US and UK flags flying high.

Cheers, MP.

07-04-2007, 11:20 AM
Updated post with pictures, cheers, MP.

07-04-2007, 11:21 AM
News footage was quite good. If I can I'll see if I can post some later...no promises though, cheers, MP.

07-04-2007, 12:13 PM
This is always moving. All heroes are not always the highest kill scorers or dying in the last charge against the official enemy; but tragedies were always close or actually happened.
Thx MysticPuma for these, I always wonder how long it takes and by whom to remember these guys less known by post war public.
Similar case goes to B-26 'My Gal II' which crashed in France in December 1944 but I cannot find a suitable link. That's what I remember from some Flight Journal extension, maybe Medium Bombers or something? Nevertheless, they did not jump nor salvo their bombs during crash landing due engine failure. That French village still remembers them.


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07-04-2007, 01:52 PM
Very beautiful, and my goodness that is an awesome shot on the bottom.

07-04-2007, 01:58 PM
Thanks for the story, regret and thanks to a brave man, and that bottom shot is really very good.

07-04-2007, 01:58 PM
The last image is WONDERFUL !


07-04-2007, 02:16 PM
Salute to him and his determination, to the end.

I really ike the last shot too.

Whats more amazing to me is the realistate was actully still available, and not covered up with some mini mall or something, the way our communities have grown since those days.

Is it near an Industrial park? I see that one building, in the background (factory,wharehouse) or something.

07-04-2007, 10:59 PM
Yes, it's right in the centre of an Industrial Park now, and that is a Warehouse as you point out.

Clicking on the link in the top thread, takes you to a page showing where debris from the crash was found during development of the site.

The Memorial was installed approx. 20 yards from the impact point, which, all things considered, is remarkable with the amount development going on in the area.

Now I'll add something a little spooky, but absolutely true.

If you look at the pictures, you'll see that the flags are hardly moving. When I arrived at the scene I knew the most powerful image would be the last one, but only if the flags were blowing.

As, the time neared for the flyby, there was just the mildest air movement, but then just at the point where the P-51 made it's final pass at the end of the display, a gust of wind blew and lifted the flags to a Horizontal disposition....and that made the image that has been published in the papers today.

I took a chance by using a wide lens to get the image, as others were just getting the close-up of the plane.

Got to say the hairs bristled a little when it happened, but it made the moment all the more poignant.

Cheers, MP.

07-05-2007, 09:30 AM
I live about 20 miles from Cresswell, if its the one in Derbyshire.

EDIT: Nevermind its a different Cresswell, the one in STaffordshire.

Didnt know about this, excellent pics mate. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

07-05-2007, 10:17 AM
Why Mustang instead of P47?!

07-05-2007, 10:21 AM
oh now I know

07-05-2007, 11:34 AM
Great stuff, MP. Thanks for sharing.

And I love that last pic as well.

* _54th_Speeder *

07-05-2007, 11:36 AM
that last pic makes a beautiful background.... thx http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

07-05-2007, 01:28 PM
SALUTE! Capt.Perrin