Bob has been researching the B-24 crashsite from june 2013 till november 2017. He runs a B&B in the hamlet of Grandmenil since 2008 and researches the events of the Battle of the Bulge. www.grandmenil.com www.battle-of-the-bulge.be

  • Monument

    Revealing the monument

    At exactly 10’00 hrs the inauguration of the B-24 King Size monument started. Bob and Tom would lead the ceremony, accompanied by Victor Yansenne. Around 150 people had gathered, including US and German reenactors and some historical vehicules. A lot…

  • Special thanks

    special thanks

    A special thanks to the following people who made this project possible: – Victor Yansenne – Raymond Yansenne – Peter, Debby and  Joe and Kimberly Ferdinand – Community of Manhay, especially Pascal Daulne – Steven Volckaerts (member of Planehunters Belgium)…

  • Story

    Part 1: How it began

    On the 5th of june 2013 an email was dropped in my mailbox. In this email, Pascal Daulne, former alderman (now Mayor) of the Manhay community, said he has had a conversation with a landowner about a plane that had…

  • Crew

    Leon S Liscomb

    – Birthplace: Saranac Lake, New York – ASN: 32940809 – Birthdate: 3 July 1923 – Position in plane: Left Waist Gunner – Rank: S/ Sgt – DOW: (death of wounds) january 2nd 1945, Bitburg/ Germany – Burial: First in Mötsch/…

  • Story

    Part 2: Not a B-17

    After approximately 2 years we found something odd during our excavation: a piece of pressed wood, with the shape of a gear. Back home, we looked at all the pictures we had of the B-17 interior: we could not find…

  • Story

    Part 3: Giving up

    In October 2017, I run out of ideas. The months before we were presuming that Victor remembered the date wrong. So we expanded our search between the 17th of december 1944 till the beginning of january 1945. Myra already pulled…

  • Crew

    Henry G Maxham

    – Birthplace: Hartford, Vermont – ASN: 6130880 – Birthdate: 28th january 1912 – Position in plane: Tail gunner – Rank: S/ Sgt – KIA: december 25th 1944 – Burial: Henri Chapelle, Plot A Row 3 Grave 45 – Medals: Air Medal…

  • Crew

    Robert James Ball

    – Birthplace: Abington – ASN: 13200525 – Birthdate: october 2, 1925 – Position in plane: Nose turret – Rank: S/ Sgt – Returned home, passed away on october 26th 1991, Seattle/ Washington – Burial: Seattle – Medals: European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal,…

  • Crew

    Peter F Ferdinand

    – Birthplace: Drum, Pennsylvania, USA – ASN: 13128349 – Birthdate: aug 29 1924 – Position in plane: Radio operator – Rank: T/ Sgt – Returned home, passed away april 11th 1998 – Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Drums Pennsylvania – Medals: Distinguished Flying…

  • Crew

    Owen U Fox

    – Birthplace: Brookline, Pennsylvania, USA – ASN: 33689392 – Birthdate: 24 octobre 1924 – Position in plane: Right waist gunner – Rank: S/ Sgt – KIA: 25th december 1944 – Burial: Memorial Park Pleasant Hills, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA –…