Construction of the Monument
at Beuzeville au Plain
Normandy, France
March-June 2000


photos from Guy LEPRETRE, Belgian Office of the Forced Landing Association

Bernard Laniepce & Jean Pierre
Bernard LANIEPCE, who lives in Beuzeville au Plain, and Jean PIERRE, president
of The Forced Landing Association, work on the Beuzeville au Plain Monument,
in memory of the 17 E Company, 2nd BN, 506th PIR Currahees who were killed in
the D-Day crash of Plane#66.



Jean Pierre & Guy Lepretre
Members of The Forced Landing Association, (L) Jean PIERRE from the French
office and (R) Guy LEPRETRE from the Belgian office, in the process of building the
Beuzeville au Plain Monument. The monument is in the shape of a C-47 rudder
and was completed for the June 3, 2000, commemoration ceremony.




Bronze Commemorative Plate
Bronze commemorative plate which was mounted on the front of the monument



photos from Michel Gaudry
Urn with Ashes
Insert: small urn containing ashes from the crash site of Plane #66. This urn was placed
inside the monument behind the commemorative bronze plate on June 2, 2000.



March 11, 2000 article from a French newspaper:

Hotel des voyageurs
des clients passionnes

Samedi 11 mars, l'Hotel des voyageurs de Picauville accueillait des clients d'un genre particulier. Jean Pierre et Guy Lepretre sont venus dans la region pour faire avancer leur projet de stele sur la commune de Beuzeville au Plain.

Venant de Chartres, Jean Pierre est le president de l'association "Forced Landing". Cette demiere se preoccupe de faire vivre le souvenir des pilotes et des hommes d'equipages allies de 1939-1945. "Nous venons ici depuis une quinzaine d'annees", precise le president, "nous avons deja participe aux fouilles realisees sur le Lancaster de Carquebut ainsi que dans le bois de Limors. Au total, nous avons deja trouve et identifie une dizaine de Lancaster."

Guy Lepretre, citoyen belge, parle du project de Beuzeville au Plain. "Cela remonte a une dizaine d'annees. Le maire de l'epoque, Lucien Briard, nous avait permis d'effectuer des recherches sur son terrain, ou nous avious retrouve des elements pour identifier cet avion. Nous lui avions promis a l'epoque de realiser une stele dans la commune."

L'avion, un C-47, transportait une section d'etat-major de seize parachutistes, commandee par le Lieutenant Meehan. Il etait pilote par le Lieutenant Harold Cappelluto, qui s'est ecrase la niut du 5 juin 1944, touche par les tirs de la DCA allemande.

Le monument, qui sera inaugure au mois de juin, a ete dessine par Michel Gaudry, habitant de Picauville. Il auro la forme d'un gouvernail de C47. Sa construction est en cours de realisation, avec l'aide de Bernard Laniepce et Phillipe Marais, habitants de Beuzeville. Le maire de la commune, Lucien Briard, va entreprendre la realisation d'un parking devant la stele.

Les membres de l'association ont ouvert une souscription pour financer cet ouvrage. Le budget est de 30 000 F ; si vous souhaltez participer a cette operation vous pouvez contacter M. Jean Pierre, tel. 02.37.35.20.52.


Exciting Guests at the Traveler's Hotel

Saturday, March 11, the Picauville Travelers Hotel welcomed a special type of guest. Jean Pierre and Guy Lepretre arrived in the area to promote their monument project for the Beuzeville au Plain community.

Arriving from Chartres, Jean Pierre is the president of the Forced Landing Association. This 50-year old is busy keeping alive the memory of the Allied pilots and their crew members from 1939-1945.

"We have come here for 15 years." said the president, "We have already participated in the completed excavation of the Lancaster at Carqueut just as in the Limors forest. In total, we have already found and identified about 10 of the Lancasters."

Guy Lepretre, Belgian citizen, spoke about the Beuzeville au Plain project. "This goes back about 10 years. The mayor at that time, Lucien Briard, gave us permission to conduct research on his land, where we recovered the plane in order to identify it. We promised him at that time to build a monument for the community."

The plane, a C-47, was carrying a company of 16 paratroopers, commanded by Lieutenant Meehan. The pilot was Lieutenant Harold Cappelluto, who crashed the night of June 5, 1944, hit by the fire from German DCA.

The monument, which will be unveiled in the month of June, was designed by Michel Gaudry from Picauville. It will be in the form of the C-47 rudder. The construction is being completed with the help of Bernard Laniepce and Philippe Marais, who live in Beuzeville. The mayor of the community, Lucien Briard, has contracted for the creation of parking in front of the monument.

The members of the association are asking for contributions to finance this work. The budget is 30,000 Francs; if you desire to contribute to the project, you may contact Mr. Jean Pierre, telephone 02.37.35.20.52.





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