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  • Group of relics including silk parachute recovered from B-26 Marauder 96249 crashed 6th June 1944 on D-Day this items featured in the Britain at War magazine in April 2015

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    This group of parts which are section of silk parachute still with the string lines attached the silk does have some burn marks from the fire after the plane crashed the section is has ripped teared also there is 50 cal cartridge case,penknife,pliers,dinghy bung and pipework section all are in nice and solid condition they retain a lot of there original colour and have been cleaned the parts are 2-34 inches long in size.The parts come from B-26 Marauder 96249 which collided with another B-26 and crashed with no survivors at Ashburnham Place near Battle in Sussex on the morning of the 6th June 1944 on D-Day while on its way to bomb in Normandy. These items featured in the Britain at War magazine in April 2015 you can see a photo of them after they were found and the items come along with the copy of the magazine.A rare group of relics from the D-Day invasion of 1944.


    The  collision over Battle, East Sussex ---- B26 Marauder 42-107592 piloted by Lt Tommie Potts collided with B26 Marauder 42-96249 piloted by Lt Thomas Jenkins.  Both aircraft sustained serious damage in the collision and crashed. 

    Lt Tommie Potts was the only airman to survive the collision. This is one of the questions that I couldn't work out - how did he survive -- so I have taken the account from the link posted in "information sources".  Lt Potts later stated that he felt no distinct jar as one would expect to feel in a collision.  He also said that after the collision his aircraft kept veering to the left and at one point was on its back.  He instructed the Bombardier to jettison bombs and then gave the signal to abandon the aircraft.  The crew had gone to the bomb bay and Lt Potts, assuming that the Bombardier had left the doors opened, waited for a minute, lowered the nose wheel and bailed out.  The crew had worked feverishly to dump the high altitude bombs so that they would fall unexploded as the plane neared its crash landing.   --   42-107592 crashed at Whatlington Level and  42-96249 crashed at Ashburnham Place.

    The collision has been examined by historians and there are a number of very interesting documents relating to the crash.  The underlying feature of all of the accounts is that the crew of 42-107592 tried desperately to jettison the bombs and probably sacrificed their lives in doing so.  The ejection of the bombs had, in my opinion, two distinctive effects.  Firstly - when the aircraft crashed there was not a catastrophic explosion of the combined pay-load.  Secondly - for every bomb that they managed to release the aircraft got slightly lighter and continued to fly for a short time longer - it missed the built up area of central Battle by a small margin --- had the bombs still been on board and the aircraft fully bomb laden it would have been heavier and crashed sooner with horrendous consequences for the population of Battle, East Sussex. When 42-96249 crashed at Ashburnham Place still fully bomb laden there was a catastrophic explosion. 

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