A view of Palm Bay
and Forness Point - Photo: Sarah
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Written by Claire.
Tuesday 27th April, 2010.
Group: Bob, Sue, Claire, Sarah, Dawn, C.B, Jake,
Paul and Adrian.
We deliberately chose this date for a return visit
as it was the anniversary of the American bomber crash which occurred
here at around dusk in 1944.
At the far end of the promenade, near Forness Point, Jake
picked-up on a young man, aged between 20 and 30, wearing a dark
jersey, who was stood or sat on the cliff-top, looking at us. There was
also a light anti-aircraft gun of sorts, a machine gun on a pole, which
was not official issue. This was something someone had cobbled together
using a personal weapon which had been a trophy of an older man
acquired in a previous conflict.
Jake indicated this era was wartime, he had just been 'told' "Three
parachutes" and gestured towards the area of sea off Forness point.
He was also 'seeing' a large vessel on the rocks,
from a much earlier period, around the 1800's, but he couldn't 'see'
A view of Palm Bay
looking towards the direction of Margate - Photo: Claire
The group started to walk back along the promenade and stopped just before the Bomber impact-site on the cliffs.
Jake picked up on the US bomber and said that one of the engines wasn't
working and the propeller was "cartwheeling" or "wind-milling" on the
inside port engine which was possibly also on fire.
The propeller pitch had been damaged so the propeller couldn't be
stopped from turning even though there was no power from the engine.
Jake sensed there was no power going to any engines as the plane came
in, maybe there was only one serviceable engine?
Jake sensed that two of the crew had been
replacements as the regulars had been injured and couldn't fly or had
He felt that there had been a good bond between the crew
Jake was 'informed' "I wasn't dead, I couldn't go on the mission". He
sensed this had affected this man because his friends had died on this
Jake picked-up on a night fighter, possibly German, and the word
"Blenheim" came into his mind.
He suspected one such plane may have come down nearby?
Sue stated that every time she had been to this spot, she had felt the
crew were present.
Jake 'saw' a dark outline of a figure near to the
headland which was almost "bouncing" down the beach. He said that for a
brief moment the promenade, on which we were stood, had disappeared and
the headland was further out towards the sea.
The group were now at the impact point.
Jake recalled that on the previous investigation,
he had suspected that the plane had come in straight from the sea but
this time he felt it had come in at an angle.
Sue sensed that there had been two planes, one had
dropped into the sea whilst the second had managed to keep going until
the impact at the point where the group were now stood.
Jake felt the plane had come in from the direction
of Forness Point, it was banking starboard with the propeller
wind-milling, which distracted the crew. He sensed the
aircraft had hit the beach and the impact had thrown it up into the cliff.
Jake said that even if they hadn't hit the cliff, the plane would have
stalled. The crew had been unsure whether to go for the sea or the
cliff-top. There was a fire on-board and two men had already bailed
out. The captain wanted the others to follow but they couldn't because
there was no way he could have flown it on his own.
One of the two that had bailed out had died instantly.
Jake felt that it would have taken four men to
physically fly the plane in the state it was in.
An air pocket had caused the plane to drop and hit the rocks. It had
skimmed round to the left so that it pointed into land instead of the
sea. At that point the crew had lost control, and they started to pull
up but the port wing dipped so it hit the cliff.
At this moment, the group heard a very heavy drone of a plane from the
direction of Forness Point (no aircraft was visible).
This sound stopped dead after about 30 seconds, unfortunately this was
not evident on the audio recording.
Jake sensed that the cliff-face had been a little bit more forward
(towards the sea) at that time in history.
He indicated that the impact had been so great that the remaining crew
had been "vaporised".
They 'informed' Jake that they did not suffer.
They didn't know what had happened - one minute they were there, the
next minute it was very light.
Jake then walked alone to the bottom of the cliff
to have a 'one to one' with the crewmen.
He was 'told' by one crew member that he had previously worked for the
United States Postal Service before he joined up. They had been dragged
into the war because of what had occurred at Pearl Harbor.
Jake thought that seven of the crew had actually believed they had
survived the crash as they were not in pain.
Jake had picked-up that "Captain *********" (surname confirmed but
omitted from this report) had a problem with his back or leg from an
old injury, it was like he had woken up with no pain and that was when
he realised they hadn't made it.
Jake sensed three crew members were present in
battle dress of combats, boots and mae wests, and one was wearing a
One of them 'told' him "Charlie boy wouldn't have a clue about where he
was going because he spent his life looking backwards".
Jake indicated that the other four crew were in Cambridge and now with
their loved ones.
He also said that one of the men had lost a thumb or finger and it had
never been recovered.
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