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#277811 - 24th Dec 2008 1:40am Liberator explosion over wirral
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On the 19th October 1944 a USAF B-24 Liberator was flying over the Wirral, west of Liverpool, when it inexplicably blew up killing all 24 on board. There is a plaque situated near Durley Industrial Estate, by Brook Road on the river Fender, which reads:

IN MEMORY OF THE 24 U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE WHO DIED WHEN THEIR AIRCRAFT EXPLODED IN MID AIR

ABOVE THESE FIELDS ON 19th OCTOBER 1944



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#277822 - 24th Dec 2008 8:51am Re: Liberator explosion over wirral [Re: Dava2479]
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The plaque is directly outside the main gate to Avon Coaches! Way back then all that was just open fields! If i remember right, there was a big memorial service there years ago where relatives attended from USA.
There is quite a lot written about this crash site, ive seen pics too!
Nice reminder DAVA
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#277855 - 24th Dec 2008 1:26pm Re: Liberator explosion over wirral [Re: hoseman]
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I will have to get myself over there and get some pics.

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#290894 - 9th Feb 2009 10:49am Re: Liberator explosion over wirral [Re: Dava2479]
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The plaque was there in the 90s i used to work on durley and passed it very interesting.

I may go down there and take a picture the globe posted some info about this a few years ago i think aswell.
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#290905 - 9th Feb 2009 12:09pm Re: Liberator explosion over wirral [Re: uggla]
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You can find pictures of the plaque i took last year here:

USAAF Liberator Bomber number 42-50347


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#290907 - 9th Feb 2009 12:30pm Re: Liberator explosion over wirral [Re: Doctor_Frick]
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brilliant i aint seen it for over 10 years
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#290911 - 9th Feb 2009 12:58pm Re: Liberator explosion over wirral [Re: uggla]
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So reading the other postings about this - there are two memorials - the one on Durley drive Industrial estate and the one with 24 yellow bricks which is near the crash site?

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#290921 - 9th Feb 2009 1:31pm Re: Liberator explosion over wirral [Re: AR_One]
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Iv never seen the one about 24 yellow bricks ?

Are you sure your not getting mixed up witn the P47 that came down in Saughall Massey ?

P47 Crash
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#291120 - 10th Feb 2009 9:56am Re: Liberator explosion over wirral [Re: Doctor_Frick]
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The yellow brinks are mentioned at the end of the first paragraph of the article that you linked to and it just set me off thinking as I couldn't see any yellow bricks in the pictures of the memorial.

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#291161 - 10th Feb 2009 4:39pm Re: Liberator explosion over wirral [Re: AR_One]
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It does indeed !. Maybe there were yellow bricks orinionally. But deffo not now.
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#291281 - 11th Feb 2009 12:21am Re: Liberator explosion over wirral [Re: Doctor_Frick]
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If anyone is interested, I have a s/s of all USAAF losses over the UK. There were 6436 crashes.

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#291298 - 11th Feb 2009 12:54am Re: Liberator explosion over wirral [Re: w10694]
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Yeah,post them dude.with photos.

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#291299 - 11th Feb 2009 2:26am Re: Liberator explosion over wirral [Re: Dava2479]
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theres also a plaque on the footpath from landican to storeton about a plane crash in the 1940's its buy the railway bridge don't know if its the same one as its been a while since i've been up them ways

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#291311 - 11th Feb 2009 7:55am Re: Liberator explosion over wirral [Re: davaw1]
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6436 losses thats huge
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#291320 - 11th Feb 2009 9:13am Re: Liberator explosion over wirral [Re: Dava2479]
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"theres also a plaque on the footpath from landican to storeton about a plane crash in the 1940's its buy the railway bridge don't know if its the same one as its been a while since i've been up them ways"

Thats probably the one with yellow bricks then i guess


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