B-17 crash artifacts donated

RANDOLPH-Vermont's famous 1943 B-17F bomber crash site artifacts will be presented to the Vermont Historical Society this Memorial Day in Randolph.

On a sunny Sunday, June 27, 1943, a World War II B17 bomber developed engine trouble over Randolph and crashed into the hills just off Fish Hill Road.

Three of the aviators died and seven parachuted to safety.

A memorial plaque was erected in 1991 to honor these who served our country and those who gave their lives on our soil.

A special memorial service was held near the 1943 B-17F Bomber crash site in Randolph and was followed by guided walking tours to the crash area. The service was officiated by Rev. George Sweet of the Baptist Fellowship of Randolph.

The service included a presentation to Harriett Chase of the Vermont Historic Society by Todd Griswold who found artifacts at the crash site including a bracelet belonging to one of the pilots.

Griswold has done extensive research into the facts surrounding the crash and has conducted an authorized search of the crash site for the items to be presented.

The ceremony and site visit was made possible by the owners of the property, Matt and Marty Boyce.

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