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Department  23 Creuse   City  : La Cellette
Coordinates : approximatives 46°23'55"N 2°1'28"E. 46.39858 2.02453. 46°23.915 N 2°1.472 E

A monument commemorating American aviators.
From the N145 westbound take the D990 north to Chatelus-Malvaleix then the D3 north to La Cellette. Take the road Les Combes east to the monument.

To the Citizens of Creuse
We fell from the sky into your arms and hearts forever. February 6, 1945.
With our eternal gratitude.
This monument was erected to honor the crash of the B-17 "Diplomat" 2102967-A of the 569th Bomber Squadron, 390th Bomber Group, on February 6th, 1945 at Les Combes La Cellette after a difficult return from a mission over Germany (Chemnitz). All the crew members were recovered by the Creusois and, after regrouping at Gueret, they were able to return to Framlingham air base in England. Ten days later, they were back in German airspace…
This monument was inaugurated on June 11th, 2006, at the crash site, by LtColonel Joseph Robert Belgam who was the plane' s pilot in 1945. It was offered by the family and the tail gunner's family (William T. Johnson). It symbolizes international friendships…Hence, so we may never forget who they were…

Crew No. 28:
- Joseph R.Belgam Pilot
- Joseph Biskofski Co-pilot
- Robert E.Drew Navigator
- Ralf W.Sleeper Bombardier
- Walter Szymczak Mechanic
- Robert G.Nicol Belly gunner
- William T.Johnson Tail gunner
- Leland E.Burns Waist gunner
- Norman C.Lauro Waist gunner


External link :
   Fiche sur France-Crashes 39-45
Contributor : DOMINIQUE DUCOURTIOUX.
Photos : Dominique Ducourtioux.
Date observation : 25/07/2008.
Record added 26/07/2008.  
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Memorial B-17  Diplomat

Memorial B-17  Diplomat

Memorial B-17  Diplomat

Memorial B-17  Diplomat

Memorial B-17  Diplomat