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12th August 1944 at New Delight Wood, Blythburgh Lt Joe Kennedy of the USAAF had taken off on a drone bombing mission to Germany flying a Liberator aircraft. The aircraft exploded with  tons of munitions on board, a wide area of devastation was caused with well over homes and other buildings detroyed or seriously damaged.

It was always reckoned that Joe was destined to become a future US President [J F Kennedy being a younger brother], on an accompanying aircraft with a film crew the son of Dwight D Eisenhower [Supreme Allied Commander for Forces in Europe and a future President] was on board.

Does anyone locally know the exact location of this crash and whether a memorial was erected to the memory of Joe and his crew?

For further reading see here http://www.aviationmuseum.net/Joe_Kennedy.htm




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see  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Aphrodite

It was a highly dangerous mission to fly in one of these. The slightest thing coild set of the charge before the crew could bale out of the opem air ****pit and that is why the whole thing was abandoned  I always thought this one crashed near Campse Ash but obviously not. It makes you wonder if it had not have been a Kennedy if they would have continued.

I also found this at the Flixton web site

http://www.aviationmuseum.net/Joe_Kennedy.htm

-- Edited by Tarkey on Thursday 31st of December 2009 09:21:28 AM

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I visited Blythburgh yesterday, so some photos to come soon, I also spoke to a resident who wasn't aware of the Joe Kennedy incident!

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I'm not sure whether this 15c bench end in Blythburgh Church is representing The Vices or The Seasons, all carved from one block of wood nearly 600 years ago, most religious symbols were defaced by Cromwells lot under William Dowsing and this hasn't been spared either.

These carpenters were master craftsmen with the wealth in the 'wool churches and villages' of East Anglia they could afford the very best, just check the fingers oh and you know these are the orignals as they still have the holes in the head for where lighted candles were inserted and scorch marks can still be seen



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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Seymour_Lucas

............and the house he lived in The Priory near to the church




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