|Crash at Aaigem << C for Charlie >>|
In the night of Sunday to Monday 29 mai 1944 at around 02.30, a B-24
liberator of the 801 BG 492 BS (Carpetbaggers) has been hit fatally by a German
nightfighter. Both starboard-engines kept fire and the plane became in-manoevrable. A that
time, it was flying a secret mission named : Osric 53, dropping arms and material for the
resistance in Henegouwen.
|On de photo : standing fltr : 1st Lt William G. RYCKMAN, navigator ;Lt Henry W. WOLCOTT, pilot ;1st Lt Robert F AUDA, co-pilot ;1st Lt Wallis O. COZZENS, boumber ; fltr : T/Sgt Dervin DEIHL, ;S/Sgt Richard G HAWKINS, tailgunner ; S/Sgt Frederick A. TUTTLE, waist-gunner ;T/Sgt Dale S. LOUCKS, marconist (source : coll. Henry Wolcott)||
There were 9 crew-members on board :
eight of them could bail-out unhurt, above the territory Burst.
The tail-gunner, R.HAWKINS probable bailed out at an insufficient hight and smashed on an orchard in the hamlet ASHAGE, a couple of douzain meters from the place of crash. (photo : Richard HAWKINS)
(source : coll. Richard Hawkins)
|f.l.t.r. : Carmen VOZELLA, Dale LOUCKS, Dervin DEIHL, Frederick TUTTLE (bron : verz. Frederick Tuttle)||Richard HAWKINS has been burried temporary in Aaigem and after war, he get a last resting place in the American Cemetry in Neuville-en-Condroz. The rest of the crew from the C for CHARLIE found back the way to their native country, after a lot of wanderings and events.|
|On the 21 of july 1944, during a raid of the occupator, searching for American crew-members and members of the local resistance in Burst, Aaigem, Ressegem and Herzele, 19 people were arrested, tortured and a lot of them where placed on transport direction Germany. A few of them could survive the concentration-camp of NEUENGAMME.||Castel DU PARC at Herzele where RYCKMAN and COZZENS were hidden temporary|
On the 16 of march 2001, pilot H. WOLCOTT of the crashed <<C for
Charlie>>, visited the crash-site Ashage in Aaigem.
The detailled version of the crash from the <<C for Charlie>> can be found on following site :
(see victims of the Luftwaffe part 3)
The site of the Carpetbaggers-museum can be found on following site :
|The testimony, photos and documents concerning this crash has been written down by the Patriotic Association of Groot-Haaltert and will be part of the book Le Perdreau.|
B-24 Liberator, Carpetbagger
On wednesday 29 of mai 2002 at 1100, a rememmoration-monument <<C for Charlie>>, was revealed in Aaigem-Ashage, on the road leading to the crash-site.This monument is an iniative of the Patriotic Association of Groot-Haaltert in coorporation with the municipality of Erpe-Mere.
|the monument on the very early morning|
|Mr WOLCOTT by the monument.||American Color-guard|
|a day to remember...|