70 years on: dead British soldiers remembered

Sixteen crewmen killed in tragic Inishowen plane crashes

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Today marks the seventieth anniversary of the deaths of sixteen British Army soldiers, killed following two separate war-time plane crashes in Inishowen.

On June 19, 1944 a crew of eight in a B-24 Bomber, armed with eight 250lb depth charges, took off from the RAF base at Ballykelly but later crashed in Glengad with the loss of all those on board.

In a second collision hours later, eight more soldiers were lost at Greencastle on the east of the peninsula.

With enough fuel for a range of two thousand miles, the ill-fated first craft set off on a patrol mission to search for enemy German U-boats off Malin Head.

 

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