B-17 crash relatives visit Redlingfield

Pictured are Crystal Gray who's uncle 2nd Lt. Richard E. Diete died when his aircraft crashed shortly after take off during the Second World War at Redlingfield, with her partner John Spitzer. Crystal and John arrived in the country from Boulder, Colorado on Tuesday May 6th. The pair enjoyed a reception at the Red Feather Club on Tuesday evening, before they were given a guided tour of the club by chairman of the 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association Chairman James Mutton on Wednesday. Ten crew, serving with the 95th Bomb Group, died when their plane crashed in Green Farm, Redlingfield, at about 8.30am on November 19, 1943. On Wednesday Crystal and John visited the memorial in Green Lane where Crystal made a heartfelt speech and Rev Michael Womack gave a short adress to a small crowd of villagers, including some who remembered the crash. Crystal laid a wreath provided by Beverley Abbott.

By Mike Ager on May 14th, 2014

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