Dig Deeper: The Village That Cried
As part of the Alumni Author series, James Hedtke, PhD, ’73 MA, professor of history and political science at Cabrini College will be giving a talk titled “They Never Grew Old: The Freckleton, England, Air Disaster of 1944.” The talk is based on his recently published book The Freckleton, England, Air Disaster: The B-24 Crash That Killed 38 Preschoolers and 23 Adults, August 23, 1944. The talk will focus on the crash of an American B-24 bomber into the village of Freckleton on August 23, 1944. The crash and ensuing firestorm killed 61 people, including 38 children in the village elementary school. This tragic event destroyed an entire generation of children in the village of 900 people. In addition, Hedtke’s talk will also touch upon the communal funeral and the village’s almost 70-year attempt to recover from this horrendous incident.
The event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Department of History, is free and open to the public, and will be held on Monday, Sept. 29 at 2:30 p.m., in room 204 of Falvey Memorial Library.
To learn more about the Freckleton, English Air Disaster, explore the resources provided below, chosen and organized by Merrill Stein, liaison librarian for geography and political science.
Freckleton: The Village That Cried
Freckleton, known as “the village that cried,” is located on Britain’s beautiful Fylde Coast, situated in the historic Ribble Valley. It is approximately 230 miles northwest of London in Lancashire county.
BBC- Remembering the Freckleton air disaster of 1944 – with recording of eyewitness testimony
The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985 (Gale) – Aircraft Crash on School
Historical New York Times: 1851-2009 (ProQuest) – MEMORIAL IS DEDICATED: Soldiers Built Playground Where U.S. Plane Crashed in Britain
Washington Post Historical: 1877-1996 (ProQuest) – Bomber Crash Kills All But 6 Of British Town’s 41 Children
Lancashire Aircraft Investigation Team (LAIT)
Dig Deeper links selected by Merrill Stein, liaison librarian for Geography and Political Science.
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