Today, not much remains to suggest that Orangefield Park was once a hive of wartime activity. The US Army was based here and the land also held German POWs.
Bessbrook is a small village in Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland. It lies around three miles north-west of Newry on the main route between Belfast and Dublin.
Most people know about the Belfast Blitz. Many also know the Luftwaffe dropped bombs on Bangor in April '41 but this was not the town's first aerial attack.
Sub-Lieutenant John Hugh Nurse served with the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm and was based at RNAS Eglinton, Co. Londonderry when he died on 19th November 1943.
On 19th November 1943, Grumman Wildcat JV413 came down in the shallow water of Lough Foyle killing young New Zealander pilot Sub-Lieutenant John Hugh Nurse.
Australian airman Flight Sergeant John Joseph Walsh was the only fatality in the crash of Vickers Wellington LB247 on 5th November 1943 in Co. Londonderry.
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