THAMESIDE AVIATION MUSEUM
Below; a copy of a poem sent to us by the pilots wife
1st October 1944
Sunday afternoon on the 1st October 1944 at 14.50hrs over the sleepy village of Greenstead Green, Halstead in north Essex, children were just starting to gather for Sunday school. The sound of approaching aircraft, above a lone P-47 from Duxford and a B-17 of the 96th BG , both on a training mission to allow the gunners of the 17 practice in a combat situation as the 47 pulled alongside the fortresst on completion of the task to say goodbye they collided! the P-47 came straight down towards the church, veered of at the last second and crashed into a field adjacent to the church, less than 200 yds away.
ABOVE; 2nd Lt BELT, beside his P-47 at DUXFORD AIRFIELD ...................................photo ©T.A.M
sitting in the cockpit of 42-25690 again at Duxford,Note
cover over the gun sight, at this time it was still an
item of secrecy. photo © T.A.M
33 years later
DIGGING FOR THUNDER
2nd Lt Belt's Lighter found at the dig in 1977
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A PLAQUE WAS ERECTED IN GREENSTEAD GREEN, CHURCH IN 1978 TO THE MEMORY OF DWIGHT GARRISON BELT
The dig in 1977
LEFT; Brian Hymas, gently removing items from a seam of wrecage.
RIGHT; Roger Pickett, with a piece of the thunderbolt 1977.
We have carried out two more excavations on the Thunderbolt, in 1979 and 1985
We would like to thank " Ken Fish "for the new information supplied
on this aircraft.
and via Ken, Garry L. Fry (author of the "Eagles of
Ken's 78th Fighter Group Tribute web site can be found in our links page and in the P-47 photo page
The Photo Page
1st October 2004
©COLIN WINGRAVE 99