|Birth: ||Mar. 6, 1921|
|Death: ||Apr. 14, 1989|
Lt. Eacott Garvin Allen and Lt. James Fred Scott were P-51 pilots stationed with the 334th Fighting Eagles Squadron of the 8th Air Force in England.
On June 8, 1944, they flew their second mission of the day, and with several more airplanes, were to destroy bridges, railroads, or anything that could move materiel or men to the beaches in Normandy. Mission Accomplished, they formed up for the trip back to Debden Air Base in England.
Non one knows why, but for some reason, Lt. Scott's plane veered in front of Lt. Allen's, and Allen's propeller cut off the tail of Scott's plane. Lt. Scott's plane crash-landed to the ground and he was killed immediately.
Lt. Allen was able to get the canopy of his plane open, and parachuted out from an altitude of about 500 feet. His plane crashed near a river in the town and one wing broke off and cartwheeled into he river, according to eyewitnesses, and the say the propeller is still in the river.
Allen landed on a house nearby, and slid off, hurting his back and leg. He managed to hide out in a structure that was a laundry house for the owners, then swam the river and hid in some trees. He left the area on foot and was discovered by a farmer, who took him home with him and gave him some "civilian" clothes, and kept him there overnight.
Allen was taken to a doctor in Connerre, and villagers report that they were worried about the possibility the doctor was a collaborator, as he had been treating German soldiers. Allen was moved about in the area for about a week and finally was taken to Freteval Forest, where he was hidden with about 100 other Allied fliers until they were liberated in August by Patton's army.
Five days after the crash the Germans finally allowed the villagers to bury the body of Lt. Scott in the village cemetery. The Connerre villagers had kept fresh flowers on his plane all during those days. His body has subsequently been buried in Brownwood. His nephew, John Scott of Austin, his wife an daughter went to Connerre with Lt. Allen's sister, Katharine Taylor of Georgetown, and son, Douglas Cline of Magnolia Springs, to pay homage to the two fliers.
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Another article in The Sun mentioned that a small plaza in the village of Connerre was renamed Scott and Allen Square and a plaque with photos of the two men errected in their honor.
Liberty Hill Cemetery
Created by: John Christeson
Record added: Jul 18, 2005
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