Memorial unveiled for D-Day bomber crew

The US servicemen died in the crash in 1944

A memorial will be unveiled later today (6 June) to 12 United States servicemen killed in a wartime plane crash in Norfolk. Relatives of the men have flown in for the ceremony at Garveston near Dereham.

The Liberator bomber crashed on June 4 1944. It had taken off from North Pickenham airfield, and was on the way to Europe to bomb German positions ahead of the D-Day landings.

The memorial has been entirely funded by charitable and private donations totalling more than £3000. All those who donated money have been invited to the unveiling. Representatives from the American Embassy and RAF Lakenheath will also attend.

Michael Garrod, who is a Parish Councillor and one of the initiators of the project, witnessed the crash as a young boy. He says the men who died have always been in his mind.