East Granby, CT – November 8, 1944

East Granby, Connecticut – November 8, 1944 


B-24J Liberator - U.S. Air Force Photo

B-24J Liberator – U.S. Air Force Photo

     On November 8, 1944, a B-24J (42-51001) with twelve men aboard left Westover Field in Chicopee, Massachusetts headed south over Connecticut.  Not long into the flight the plane crashed on what was then known as the Seymour Farm, in East Granby, Connecticut. Of the twelve crewmen, five were killed. 

     The dead are identified as:

      Cpl. Gaetano L. Fastiggi, from New Rochelle, N.Y., born in 1925.  He enlisted in the army on April 5, 1944.  He’s buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in New Rochelle.    

      Cpl. Henry Colt Fay Jr., of Milburn, N.J., born September 12, 1923.  He’s buried in the Winsted Old Burying Ground, in Winsted, Connecticut.    

      Cpl. Charles W. Powell, of Holdenville, OK., born September 7, 1920.  He’s buried in Holdenville Cemetery.

      Cpl. Furman Watson, of Seneca, S.C., born June 22, 1923.  He’s buried in New Hope Cemetery

      Pfc. Lester L. Shoemaker, of Hanover, PA., born September 18, 1918.  He’s buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, in Hanover.  

     One of the men was trapped in the wreckage for quite awhile before crews from Bradley Field could extricate him.

     Today a housing development occupies the crash site. 


New York Times, “Bomber Crash Kills 5”, November 9, 1944

Town of East Granby Death Records



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