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War hero remembered in Alresford
9:21am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
THE heroism of a World War Two American bomber pilot will be remembered in Alresford 70 years on.
Ray and Hilary Cornford have put up a display in the town library about the act of courage by Captain Robert Cogswell on September 26 1943.
Capt Cogswell flew his stricken B17 Flying Fortress away from the town crashing the aircraft near to Old Alresford Pond.
He bailed out at the last minute but was so low that he injured his back and never flew again in WWII. He died on active service in the Korean War.
The display in the library on Broad Street features artefacts from the bomber including bullets and bits of the engine, photos and a reproduction of the plane's tail display, made by Tim Barnes of Odiham.
The display will only be on show until next Monday morning.
Mr Cornford, 76, of Kiln Lane, Old Alresford, said: “It's 70 years on and there are not many people left who will remember it, so we thought we would jog people's memories a bit.
“We felt something should be done before it fades away from living memory. If Capt Cogswell had not done what he did the plane might have landed on the town.”
It was carrying a bombload of ten 500lb bombs and was heavy with fuel.
One of the members of the Lady Luck flying crew is still alive; Eddie Deerfield is 90 and living in Florida.
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