Memorial to 1st Lt. Howard
Hartley and Crew
Saint-Péravy la Colombe in France, June 2009
by Christian Dieppedalle ©
1st Lt. Howard R. Hartley, Pilot; 2nd Lt. William M. White,
Co-Pilot; 2nd Lt. Charles F. Waddell, Bombardier;
S/Sgt. Lyman T. Cameron, Gunner; T/Sgt. Elmer J. Neis, Gunner; S/Sgt. James L. Picard, Gunner
|Ceremonies in Saint-Péravy la Colombe (Colombe = Dove in English) were
over 3 days.
Friday June 12, there was the inauguration of the Memorial. The blade of the propeller fixed on the stone cut like American star, is that of B-26 of the 1st Hartley. It had been found in a field. After the inauguration, there were a concert of music in the church of Saint-Péravy, then of course, champagne in the village hall where there was an exhibition.
Saturdays June 13, the guests went to visit the chateaux de la Loire and they were received by the Mayor of Orleans.
Sunday June 14, there was a mass in the church of Saint-Péravy, then a sheaf of flowers was deposited in front of the War memorial of Saint-Péravy. Then we went to the Memorial or a military aircraft (C-160 Transal) released parachutists, then we spent the afternoon in the village hall where there was a meal. There was a choral society who sang and much the veterans told their memories of the war.
A booklet of 60 pages devoted to the mission of June 14, 1944 was
published in French and English. All the specimens of the booklet were
distributed in a few hours and it does not remain about it any more.
See Ceremony in Coinces,
October 9, 2010
In memory of the two American crews killed at Coinces on October 8, 1944