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Plans for Lutton memorial to honour American Second World War airmen

A village will be honouring the lives of Second World War airmen who were killed in a crash by installing a new memorial.

Long Sutton Civic Society and Lutton Parish Council have planning permission to create a memorial in the village to honour the crew of an American bomber which sadly came down just days before peace was declared in Europe.

A Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress crashed in Lutton Marsh 76 years ago, killing six members of the crew, but two people survived.

The green at Lutton (46655180)
The green at Lutton (46655180)

The civic society is leading on the project to install the four-sided obelisk on the Village Green, Richard Busby Way, which will cost around £3,500.

Chairman of the civic society Tim Machin said: “The Civic Society is delighted that planning permission has been granted for this memorial in commemoration of a tragic air accident in the last weeks of the Second World War.

“The Society’s charitable remit includes promoting local heritage and remembering our past and when we were asked to support this proposal we were pleased to assist, by underwriting the costs.

“The memorial remembers eightUSAF bomber crew, six of whom perished, whose aircraft crashed on a training mission less than a mile from Lutton.

“We can now move forward with a fundraising campaign and, subject to future Covid restrictions,an unveiling as soon as practical.”

The need for the memorial was brought about by research conducted by a member of the civic society, which uncovered that the Flying Fortress crew had crashed in North Drove, Lutton Marsh, on April 26, 1945, following a training mission over The Wash.

The crash happened just days before the unconditional surrender of German forces and Victory in Europe was declared on May 8, 1945.

Sadly, 1st Lt Clyde Simmons, 1st Lt Donald Williamson, 1st Lt James Olson, 2nd Lt Robert West, 2nd Lt John Hill and Sgt Edward Geron were killed.

Sgt Vincent Colletti and Sgt Robert Bradley survived.

Long Sutton Civic Society have been in contact with the families of the airmen involved in the crash, who are hoping to visit the memorial once it has been constructed.

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