The Freckleton, England, Air Disaster: The B-24 Crash That Killed 38 Preschoolers and 23 Adults, August 23, 1944

The Freckleton, England, Air Disaster: The B-24 Crash That Killed 38 Preschoolers and 23 Adults, August 23, 1944

by James R. Hedtke

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ISBN-13: 9780786478415
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/27/2014
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 937,104
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

James R. Hedtke is a professor of history and political science at Cabrini College where he has taught for 40 years. He lives in Broomall, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

1 Freckleton Before World War II 5

2 Base Air Depot 2 19

3 Ground Pounders, Fly Boys and Their Amazing Machines 39

4 Accident 56

5 The Crash: Wednesday, August 23, 1944 62

6 The Inferno 74

7 The Interment of the Innocents 93

8 The Investigation 106

9 The New Normal 121

10 The Playground Memorial 136

11 Remembrance 145

12 Freckleton Today 166

Epilogue 179

Appendix 183

Chapter Notes 185

Bibliography 195

Index 199

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The Freckleton, England, Air Disaster: The B-24 Crash That Killed 38 Preschoolers and 23 Adults, August 23, 1944 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this impeccably researched work, the author captures the tragic consequences of a B-24 bomber that crashed into the small village of Freckleton,England. With a rare combination of scholarship and emotion, Hedtke tells the story of a village coming to grips with the loss of a whole generation of children. This is a must read for students of World War II and those who enjoy human interest stories. It is the next Unbroken!