Memorial of Verdun
Text: Bruno Ghils -  Pictures: Bruno Ghils & Serge Van Heertum (Archives) - ©SBAP 2012 
 

Established in 1962 on the spot where American troops landed on June 6, 1944 the Utah Beach Museum pays tribute to the men who risked or gave their lives for our freedom. After a year of work, the new museum boasts more than 3000m2 of exhibition space. The museum traces the German occupation, the forces on the eve of D-Day, the Allied strategy and conduct of June 6, 1944 in Utah Beach.

Star of the new museum, "Dinah Might" is an authentic B-26 Marauder bomber exposed in a hall especialy built for it. The B-26, arrived in May 2011, and is the one that was previously exhibited at the Paris museum of Le Bourget and who wore the French colors. The B-26 is one of the last six existing specimen in the World today. Transported and assembled on site by a team of the air and space Museum, the aircraft carrying the colors of the 386th Bomb Group - 9th USAAF - (yellow stripe painted on top of the drift). The code "AN" indicates that the plane belonged to the 553rd Bomb Squadron, while the letter "Z" and the reference number "131576" explain that it was the aircraft of Major David Dewhurst. (85 mission during his tour of duty on the European front, before returning to the United States, August 31, 1944.).

 

Where they landed for our liberty (Bruno Ghils) A name that never will be forgoten (Bruno Ghils)
   

The memorial (Bruno Ghils)

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A Sherman at entrance (Bruno Ghils) The well known American GMC truck (Bruno Ghils)
   
"Dinah Might" in details   (Bruno Ghils) (Bruno Ghils)
   
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Glenn Martin B-26 B Marauder

Lenght: 17,75 m

Wingspan : 19,81 m

Hight : 6,05 m

Empty wheight : 12 000 kg

Maximum speed : 510 km/h

Range : 1850 kilomètres

Maximum altitude : 7200 m

Armaments : six Browning guu 12,7 mm

Maximum load : 1500 kg bombs

7 Crew:  1 pilot, 1 co-pilot, 1 bomber, 1 navigator,
1 air engeneer
, 1 radio operator, 1 gunner

Engines : 2 Pratt & Whittney R-2800-43 of 1 920 HP each

First time in operation: 1939

Amount contructed: 5157

 
553 Bomb Squadron  
   
The real AN-Z in operation (Coll SBAP) 553 Bomb Squadron above normandy (Coll SBAP)
   
The B-26 when it was exhibed in the Air and Space museum of Le Bourget
(Serge Van Heertum)
   
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