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The crash of the B-24

Information for english speaking visitors

Welcome to Oerie.de. Here you can find informations about the crash of the B-24J "Ark Angel". The plane crashed in 11/26/1944. Due the Last decades a lot of efforts has been done to reveal the informations of the crash. All this ended with the visit of relatives of the dead crew members and the erection of the Memorial in the cemetery of Oerie.

Around noon on November 26, 1944, 1Lt. David Bennett's crew of nine were in their bomber B24-"Ark Angel" on their way to attack the synthetic oil plant in Hannover-Misburg.

Shortly afterwards the heavy bomber crashed in a field between the woods of Oerie and Jeinsen

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The big weeping willow that for many decades had been the landmark of the cemetery of Oerie was during a storm in the autumn of last year so badly damaged that it had to be felled.

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"....I want to thank you and your people who were so kind and humane to give these men a Christian burial, minister and coffin. You can rest assured that God almighty will reward each and everyone of you...." 

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Pictures of the B-24J "Ark Angel"

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"...As soon as we got out of the car, a woman riding a bicycle stopped to ask if she could help us, and minutes later, a man driving a car also stopped. I'm sure that on a deadend road to a tiny village, it was unusual to see a car with three Danes and one American..."

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David Neville Bennett, Jr. was born September 24, 1919 to Lillian Menefee and David Neville Bennett of Norwood, North Carolina, USA.  He was the oldest of 3 children, with a sister, Menefee Bennett (Little), and a brother, Thomas Benton Bennett.  

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"My father and I are headed to Munich on 20 Oct 09, and are planning... of coming by train to Hannover, then by car to Oerie so see where his oldest brother died in the Arch Angel...."

With this simple e-mail the McKees announced their trip to visit our little village in 2009. I had no idea which amazing development was arise from this visit.......

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Documents, written by the citizens of oerie and U.S. authorities

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There is a slideshow about the visit of the McKees in October 2009 and the ceremony for the memorial on the cementery of oerie....

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"...to the citizens of Oerie. John Keen, a former member of the 491st Bomb Group of the United States Air Force, wishes to thank you and all the other inhabitants of Oerie for the Christian and human deed you performed in November 1944 after a B-24 crashed without survivors....."

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It had been the same location but the circumstances were completely different as compared with our first visit in October: the sun was shining and the wind gently touched the green wheat stalks.

Our group (Kim Gallop, Eddeanna Hixson Moore, Raymond Otto McKee, John Meurs and his wife Carien and me) were to meet with Fritz-Otto Kreipe and Horst Swischenko, who as kids had witnessed the crash of the American bomber.

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