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Freckleton Disaster
A Virtual Cemetery created by: Rhonda C. Poynter/Gannon/Friends
Description: On 23, August 1944, an American U.S. Army Air Force Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy bomber crashed into the village of Freckleton, located in Lancashire County, England. 61 people in all were killed, 38 of them children when the aircraft struck an infant school - three homes and a small cafe, the "Sad Sack" were also demolished.Storms came up suddenly that day, and two bombers already in air were called back to ground with weather warnings; however, by the time the order to return to ground had been issued, flash flooding was being reported in Blackpool, and water spouts were already appearing in the Ribble Estuary.1st Lieutenant John Bloemendahl, the pilot of the second aircraft - the "Classy Chassis II" - reported that he was aborting landing at the last moment, and that he would 'circle round', again. Within minutes the aircraft struck Freckleton, located east of the airfield.It was determined that the aircraft's wings were nearly vertical when it scraped the treetops; it then impacted with the corner of a building. One of the wings was sheared away, continuing along the ground and into hedges. The 25 ton fuselage slammed into three separate homes and the "Sad Sack", a cafe popular with enlisted men; the fuselage then continued across the road, already in flames. It slammed into the Freckleton Holy Trinity School, its' fuel igniting a sea of flames.The three crew on the B-24 were among the dead; 14 of the dead were in the Sad Sack at the moment of impact. Beside the 38 children, 2 teachers, Jenny Hall and Louisa Lee Hulme were killed when the school was destroyed. The official decision regarding the cause of the crash was long listed as unknown, but it was wondered whether the American pilot had not realized the dangers of an English thunderstorm, until his final approach. At this time, his speed and altitude would have been insufficient against the storm, and he could not 'correct'.Possibly one positive thing that came from this horrible tragedy was that U.S. pilots were trained from then on about the hazards of U.K. weather, and how quickly a 'shower' can go from gentle to deadly.The victims of this disaster have been forgotten for far too long unless there is a personal connection or the reader has a connection to the Freckleton area; just as I trying to honor war heroes in some of my other virual cemeteries, I am trying to get a page up for each and every victim of Freckleton. I hope that you will not only visit the children who died, but the men and women whose lives were lost that day; each soul had a family and a story. I often think about a world without military and war - had we not been at war, our bombers would not have been in England that day, and children would have grown up to have their own children...it's the classic feeling of "What if?", when I work on this file...and it is also a feeling of "There but for the grace of God...".Cherish your family, your days and your dreams. Many dreams end up resting, unfulfilled.
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Allanson, Howard 49973261
b. 1939 d. Aug. 23, 1944
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Freckleton
Fylde Borough
Lancashire
England
Alston, Martin Peter 49973646
b. 1940 d. Aug. 23, 1944
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Freckleton
Fylde Borough
Lancashire
England
Askew, Edna Rae 49973752
b. 1939 d. Aug. 23, 1944
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Freckleton
Fylde Borough
Lancashire
England
Batson, Sgt Douglas "Doug" 111755676
b. 1924 d. Aug. 24, 1944
Duncombe Cemetery
Ferryhill
Durham Unitary Authority
County Durham
England
Bell, Sgt Robert John 56183974
b. unknown d. Aug. 24, 1944
Blacon Cemetery
Chester
Cheshire West and Chester Unitary Authority
Cheshire
England
Bickerstaffe, Sylvia 58136223
b. unknown d. Aug. 23, 1944
No cemetery
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Bloemendal, Lieut John Allen Lucas 96729724
b. Jun. 1, 1917 d. Aug. 23, 1944
Elmhurst Cemetery
Saint Paul
Ramsey County
Minnesota, USA
Boocock, Kenneth George 49973851
b. 1938 d. Aug. 23, 1944
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Freckleton
Fylde Borough
Lancashire
England
Brown, Sgt George 56462395
b. 1909 d. Aug. 30, 1944
Stonefall Cemetery and Cr...
Harrogate
Harrogate Borough
North Yorkshire
England
Butcher, Jean 49973868
b. 1938 d. Aug. 23, 1944
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Freckleton
Fylde Borough
Lancashire
England
Cannell, Sgt Walter William 97100809
b. 1924 d. Aug. 24, 1944
No cemetery
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Carr, David 49974006
b. 1938 d. Aug. 23, 1944
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Freckleton
Fylde Borough
Lancashire
England
Clarke, Maureen Denise 49974029
b. 1938 d. Sep. 4, 1944
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Freckleton
Fylde Borough
Lancashire
England
Cox, John 49974051
b. 1940 d. Aug. 23, 1944
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Freckleton
Fylde Borough
Lancashire
England
Cross, Herbert G. 105691844
b. Jul. 18, 1913 d. Aug. 23, 1944
Shelby Hills Cemetery
Bristol
Sullivan County
Tennessee, USA
Dagger, Sonia Mary 49974080
b. 1939 d. Aug. 23, 1944
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Freckleton
Fylde Borough
Lancashire
England
Danson, Peter 49974099
b. 1938 d. Aug. 23, 1944
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Freckleton
Fylde Borough
Lancashire
England
Forshaw, Kathleen 58136233
b. unknown d. Aug. 23, 1944
No cemetery
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Foster, John Hargreaves 49974125
b. 1940 d. 1944
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Freckleton
Fylde Borough
Lancashire
England
Franken, Gwendoline Edna Mary "Gwinnie" 96275493
b. unknown d. Aug. 23, 1944
No cemetery
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Gardiner, Doris "Dorrie" Catlow 111069677
b. unknown d. Jun. 10, 2010
No cemetery
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Garner, Judith Millicent 49974146
b. 1940 d. 1944
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Freckleton
Fylde Borough
Lancashire
England
Glitsis, Pvt Minas P 56290082
b. 1906 d. Aug. 23, 1944
Cambridge American Cemete...
Coton
South Cambridgeshire District
Cambridgeshire
England
Hall, Jennie 49972674
b. Dec., 1923 d. Aug. 24, 1944
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Freckleton
Fylde Borough
Lancashire
England
Hardman, John 49974166
b. 1940 d. Aug. 23, 1944
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Freckleton
Fylde Borough
Lancashire
England
Herrington, Annie Lonsdale 49974183
b. 1940 d. Aug. 23, 1944
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Freckleton
Fylde Borough
Lancashire
England
Hogarth, Beryl 49974208
b. 1938 d. Aug. 25, 1944
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Freckleton
Fylde Borough
Lancashire
England
Hulme, Louisa Lee 49973088
b. 1879 d. Aug. 25, 1944
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Freckleton
Fylde Borough
Lancashire
England
Iddon, William Hilton 49974227
b. 1940 d. Aug. 23, 1944
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Freckleton
Fylde Borough
Lancashire
England
Isles, Elizabeth Margaret Kathleen 49974240
b. Jul., 1939 d. Aug. 23, 1944
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Freckleton
Fylde Borough
Lancashire
England
Jones, Vera Christine 49974257
b. 1939 d. Aug. 23, 1944
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Freckleton
Fylde Borough
Lancashire
England
Kinney, Sgt Gordon W. 98716989
b. unknown d. Aug. 23, 1944
Tipton Cemetery
Tipton
Tillman County
Oklahoma, USA
Lonsdale, Georgina 49974280
b. 1940 d. Aug. 23, 1944
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Freckleton
Fylde Borough
Lancashire
England
Mezzacappa, Pvt Samuel A "Sam" 2757649
b. Jun. 29, 1925 d. Aug. 23, 1944
Long Island National Ceme...
East Farmingdale
Suffolk County
New York, USA
Mullen, Thomas Frank 49974392
b. 1940 d. Aug. 23, 1944
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Freckleton
Fylde Borough
Lancashire
England
Nelson, Sgt Theodore E "Ted" 56292861
b. unknown d. Aug. 23, 1944
Cambridge American Cemete...
Coton
South Cambridgeshire District
Cambridgeshire
England
Newton, Flight Sergeant ( Nav./W. Op. ) Eric Clarence 24333074
b. unknown d. Aug. 23, 1944
Beckenham Cemetery and Cr...
Beckenham
London Borough of Bromley
Greater London
England
Parkinson, Gillian 49974422
b. 1939 d. Aug. 23, 1944
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Freckleton
Fylde Borough
Lancashire
England
Parkinson, June 49974436
b. 1939 d. Aug. 23, 1944
Holy Trinity Churchyard
Freckleton
Fylde Borough
Lancashire
England
Parr, Sgt Jimmie 98717202
b. unknown d. Aug. 23, 1944
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