Street Furnishings Limited were selected to design and
supply the memorial to the crew of the B17 Flying Fortress ‘Sunrise Serenader’
which crashed in Wargrave, close to our premises, on 13th November
1943. 9 of the 10 crew were lost when the bomber broke up in mid-air over
Shiplake Meadows, the only survivor being Radio Operator T/Sgt Alan B Purdy who
parachuted out of the broken fuselage after the tail section broke away. The explosion and crash on 13 November 1943 was witnessed by Jim Waldron from
Wargrave and Mary Burge from Shiplake. Mr Waldron, now 84, said: "It was on a Saturday, I was in the back bedroom
and we heard this engine noise but didn't think anything of it. "Then suddenly there were these loud crashes and bangs - two of the bombs had
crashed into River Thames. "I saw the plane heading towards Henley and then transform into a rolling
ball of fire.
"Then the burning aircraft broke in half."
The memorial plaque, designed by Mr Waldron & Street Furnishings. The plaque shows the flight path of the crashing plane
over Shiplake and Wargrave, where the bombs were jettisoned, where bits of the
plane fell, where the survivor landed and where the nine died.
Maidenhead MP Theresa May unveiled the memorial with eyewitnesses Jim Waldron
from Wargrave and Mary Burge from Shiplake
The Memorial has been unveiled by the Rt Hon Theresa May M.P.
in the presence of Brig. General Dieter Bareihs, U.S. Defence Attaché on 13th
November 2014, 71 years after the crash and will be covered by regional
Television, Radio and Press.
General Dieter Bareihs US Defence Attaché with MSgt Donald Grindstaff saluted
For more information on how we can help you with similar applications, please contact us on 01189 404717.
It is still as simple to install as ever as all the working parts are located below the globe enclosed in the black casing so the unit can just be fixed to the top of the post, no wiring is involved. The unit comes complete with a 12v 17 amp/hr battery.
The Solar Belisha Beacon is also available with a double Solar cell for North of England sites where the extra cell improves the performance of the battery during the winter months when the harvesting of the suns rays can be a little limited!
Please contact our sales department on 01189 404717 for details.