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Memorial to WWII bomber crew unveiled in Norfolk

Memorial plaque in North Tuddenham
The bomber was returning to base when it crashed at a Norfolk farm

A memorial plaque dedicated to eight American airmen who were killed in a plane crash during World War II has been unveiled in Norfolk.

The men died in April 1944 when their B24 bomber crashed at Pound Farm, North Tuddenham, after the pilot lost control of the aircraft in icy conditions.

The plaque was unveiled at a service on North Tuddenham Common on Tuesday.

Officers from RAF Lakenheath's honour guard and standard bearers from the RAF Association attended the ceremony.

The bomber was returning to base after a mission to Germany was called off due to the bad weather.

Two members of the crew managed to parachute to safety before the crash.

Paul Claussen, executive member for planning, health and housing at Breckland Council, said: "It's so important that we remember those who gave their lives for this country as well as those who saved the lives of countless soldiers.

"I am delighted that North Tuddenham is displaying the plaque so future generations can continue to remember those before them."



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