The target of my autumn walk: "California Rocket"

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  1. v2

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    On December 18, 1944, an American "Liberator"-bomber ("California Rocket") crashed there but the crew was saved thanks to the swift and well organized action of the AK (Home Army) unit and local farmers. They were hidden for the rest of the war. During WW II, the Germans gave the area the name "Partizan Republic" due to the strong resistance activity...

    more info: The Memorial In Autumn Colours, a photo from Malopolskie, East | TrekEarth
     

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    Very nice monument and thank you for sharing these pics and information.
     
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    Beautiful countryside and a great monument!

    Thanks for sharing the photos info
     
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    That's awesome, thanks for posting!
     
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    Interesting shots, very nice memorial. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    What a fantastic memorial ! Thanks for the great pics Dominik.
     
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    That was nice!
     
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    Very nice... Thanks for posting..... :)
     
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    Great stuff, V2!
     
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    Found this...

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    Nice find Joe.
     
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    Very thought-provoking memorial
     
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    Walking with some friends in the Forest of Bowland Fells in Lancashire 2 years ago we got slightly off the indistinct path in poor weather and came across a section of bare ground either side of a damaged dry stone wall that had obviously been burnt some time ago. The burnt ground was scattered with corroded aluminium and glass with a few rusty steel pipes. We were wondering why on earth someone would bring rubbish so far off the beaten track to burn it and cursing people who befoul the open countryside with there litter till my friend suddenly realised that what we were standing on was a crash site. I took some photos which unfortunately didnt come out too well because of the weather and carried on our walk a little bit quieter and a lot more thoughtfull. A bit of research and I found that it was a Liberator that had crashed with 4 crew members killed
    Consolidated B-24J 42-100322

    Unfortunately Britains uplands are covered with air crash sites many still unmarked. Mountains, Hills, Atlantic weather fronts, primitive navigation systems and inexperienced or tired crews dont mix.
     
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