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.
Uncle Joe - Pilot Lieutenant Joe
His P47 Thunderbolt - Galloping Gertie