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C47 Memorial Garden


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C-47 Memorial Garden, 50360 Picauville, Normandy

Located around 1km north east of the village of Picauville on the La Chevelerie road.

"Lest we forget"

This garden honours 20 American servicemen who died when their C47 aircraft crashed near this field on the morning of June 6, 1944.

Taking off from Upottery Airfield, England, during the night June 5, 1944, a 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group C-47 transport aircraft (serial number 42-100819), her aircrew, and passengers met a tragic end in the early hours of June 6.
After being hit by the German anti aircraft fire, the aircraft crashed in flames at a place called La Maison de Haut. The sixteen 506th paratroops and the four 91St TCS airmen were all killed in the crash. This engine of this aircraft, a Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92, was discovered in this field, at the crash site, in 1986 by the Dennebouy family.

When you walk through the C47 Memorial Garden you can see 20 recently planted trees - one for each serviceman on board the aircraft - along with memorial plaques in their honour. From above, the garden has been laid out in the shape of a C-47!


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