"Sharon Belle" relative to attend Remembrance Service
For some years now, in addition to remembering the men of Helmdon that died during the two World Wars, Helmdon has also remembered the US Army Air Corps men that died when their B-17 bomber, the "Sharon Belle", crashed with the loss of all ten crew near Astwell Castle Farm on 30th November 1943; the pilot of that fated aircraft was Capt. Richard W Pugh.
In 2009, after several years of investigation by Derek Ratledge, a memorial was unveiled next to Helmdon's War Memorial to commemorate the crew - this was a year after the "Sharon Belle" crew first became part of Helmdon's Remembrance Sunday. Although no longer living in the village, Derek has been a regular attendee at the Remembrance Service and has been in touch to point out that this year marks the tenth anniversary of their inclusion and that we will be joined again by Capt. Pugh's great niece, Beth Pugh. Beth is making a return visit to Helmdon, having first come to the Remembrance Service when the Memorial was unveiled in 2009.
Posted: Fri, 09 Nov 2018 10:00 by Ross Vicars