2LT Dwight Garrison Belt

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2LT Dwight Garrison Belt Veteran

Birth
Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio, USA
Death
1 Oct 1944 (aged 22)
Essex, England
Burial
Delaware, Delaware County, Ohio, USA Add to Map
Plot
Memorial Lawn Veteran | Lot RB Grave 073
Memorial ID
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2nd Lieutenant, USAAF. Service No. 081613.Enlisted December 3rd 1942-served with 78th Fighter Group,84th Fighter Squadron. On Sunday afternoon, 1st October 1944 he was piloting a P-47D Thunderbolt (42-25690) out of Duxford aerodrome in Cambridgeshire (now the home of an extension to the Imperial War Museum.) He was on a training mission with a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, the purpose of which was to provide simulated combat practice for the air gunners on the B-17. The two aircraft collided and Dwight's machine crashed into a field some 200 yards from the church at Greenstead Green in Essex. His remains were initially interred at the temporary Cambridge US Military Cemetery but later re-interred at a private cemetery in Ohio. He is remembered on a tablet inside the church of St James the Great.He was the son of Elmer Belt.The wreckage of his aircraft was uncovered by the Thameside Aviation Museum in 1977.
Here follows the text of a verse sent to the Thameside Aviation Museum by Dwight's widow:

Let them in Peter, they are very tired;
Give them the couches where the angels sleep,
Let them wake whole again to new dawns fired
With sun not war and may their peace be deep.

Remember where their broken bodies lie -
And give them things they like.
Let them make noise,
God knows how young they were to have to die!
Give swing bands not gold harps to these our boys.

Let them love, Peter - they have had no time -
Girls sweet as meadow wind, with flowering hair.
They should have trees and bird song, hills to climb
The taste of summer in a ripened pear.

Tell them how they are missed.
Say not to fear;
It's going to be all right with us down here.

- Elma Dean
TO Dwight
From, Helen and Daughter Elain.
2nd Lieutenant, USAAF. Service No. 081613.Enlisted December 3rd 1942-served with 78th Fighter Group,84th Fighter Squadron. On Sunday afternoon, 1st October 1944 he was piloting a P-47D Thunderbolt (42-25690) out of Duxford aerodrome in Cambridgeshire (now the home of an extension to the Imperial War Museum.) He was on a training mission with a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, the purpose of which was to provide simulated combat practice for the air gunners on the B-17. The two aircraft collided and Dwight's machine crashed into a field some 200 yards from the church at Greenstead Green in Essex. His remains were initially interred at the temporary Cambridge US Military Cemetery but later re-interred at a private cemetery in Ohio. He is remembered on a tablet inside the church of St James the Great.He was the son of Elmer Belt.The wreckage of his aircraft was uncovered by the Thameside Aviation Museum in 1977.
Here follows the text of a verse sent to the Thameside Aviation Museum by Dwight's widow:

Let them in Peter, they are very tired;
Give them the couches where the angels sleep,
Let them wake whole again to new dawns fired
With sun not war and may their peace be deep.

Remember where their broken bodies lie -
And give them things they like.
Let them make noise,
God knows how young they were to have to die!
Give swing bands not gold harps to these our boys.

Let them love, Peter - they have had no time -
Girls sweet as meadow wind, with flowering hair.
They should have trees and bird song, hills to climb
The taste of summer in a ripened pear.

Tell them how they are missed.
Say not to fear;
It's going to be all right with us down here.

- Elma Dean
TO Dwight
From, Helen and Daughter Elain.

Gravesite Details

Due credit must be given to Roger Pickett and the members of the Thameside Aviation Museum for much of the research notes and permission to use photographs.