Shot down over Normandy 75 years ago -Uncle Joe

A few months ago, a historian contacted my little brother saying that the parts to our Uncle Joe’s plane were on French Ebay.   Uncle Joe was shot down and killed flying a P47 Thunderbolt in 1944 Normandy during the St. Lo breakout.  After much research by an American and a French historian, the parts are real.  We now know where he was shot down and how he died.  My brother and I hope to put a memorial up in France on the 75th anniversary of his death.   
We seek funds to travel to France and pay for a roadside memorial at the site of his crash.  
We will invite the USAF and the French Air Force to join us along with the citizens of Cerisy-la-Salle who hold a parade every year honoring seven British airmen who died there during the invasion.
We will be eternally grateful for the opportunity to put our brave Uncle Joe to rest - an American hero will have his small monument and join the Seven Airmen of Cerisy-la-Salle as the Eighth Airman of Cerisy-la-Salle.  
35485258_1545316648965222_r.jpegUncle Joe - Pilot Lieutenant Joe
35485258_1545316681310832_r.jpegHis P47 Thunderbolt - Galloping Gertie


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James Cagney 
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