TV2 EAST - The speech in English B 17F 42-5838 Mad money II Mad Money Exhibition Updated: 21 APR 2016
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|TV2 EAST in English||
Udstilling om bombefly Exhibition about a bomber (film by
Camilla Lauersen 2:57
min.) sent on 16 April 2016.
The speech was translated by Anders Straarup.
|Anchor Anja Al-Erhayem||An extraordinary story about
an American bomber can now be experienced at
Several years of research lie
behind an exhibition about the crew that had to make a forced landing on Asnęs during World War II, and a number of
relatives of the crew members have now travelled all of the way to Kalundborg, some of them from the United States, to get a little
closer to the story of their loved ones.
|Crew photo, Neal B. Dillon.||Due to this man in a photo
from 1944 "That's Tech Sergeant John Honeycutt. He's the top turret
gunner and the flight engineer"
77-year-old American Neal Dillon is presently visiting Kalundborg. He came all the way from South Carolina. "He married my sister,
but he raised me pretty much as a child."
|Anchor, crew photo, Neal,
B-17, press cutting
|Neal Dillon's brother-in-law
is hanging on this wall in Kalundborg Museum in the new exhibition that tells an
extraordinary story about
the crew of an American bomber from World War II that was shot down by the Germans in 1944 and had to make a forced landing
near the tip of Asnęs.
|Martin Borring Olsen, head
Kalundborg Museum. Anchor.
|"It is an exhibition that
has come out of nothing." The work on the new exhibition started
years ago when the staff had to clear up
in the collections of the museum. Then to their surprise they found this machine gun. "We had no idea where it came from. We just
saw that it was there. It is not usual to have a machine gun in a collection."
|David Barry at the crash site.||Since then a great job of
research was done by the staff of the museum and volunteers, and
gradually the pieces of the story were put together by eye witnesses and
relatives. The 9 crew members all came
away unhurt from the violent crash landing. "The plane came
from that direction." The American flag is now flying on the southern tip of Asnęs thanks to David Barry and his team of volunteers
with metal detectors who found the exact crash point where the American Boeing B-17 only just landed. (About here. AS)
|David Barry, Chairman of the Kalundborg Museum Association||"Because we have a high concentration of metal here. We have a lot of melted aluminium. You don't see that in an ordinary field." Yesterday an exhibition was officially opened at the museum, and for the first time a number of relatives saw the exact site where the crew members had to make a crashed landing during the war.|
|David Barry||"Yes, most of them had tears in their eyes."|
|Neal B. Dillon||Also Neal Dillon was there. "It's in the middle of a open field, but it's -."|
|Crew photo||After their capture the 9 crew members were sent to a Prisoner of War Camp in Germany, and next year the war ended and all of them survived the war and could go home.|
|Martin Borring Olsen||"It is really a story with a happy ending, because all of them could return to their families and have children and grandchildren. It is pure Hollywood."|
|Neal Dillon||Neal Dillon was 6 years old
when his brother-in-law came home from the war. "He was just happy to survive the
war." John Honeycutt
died 69 years old, and of course the exhibition today makes an impression. "I think that young people today don't realize what it is to sacrifice, you know, and I think that when they leave here, and they hear the story that they will say, "These people were our age, or almost our age, and look what they went through."
|Anchor||From now on the new exhibition will be a permanent part of Kalundborg Museum.|