To mark the 75th Anniversary of “Lilly Bell II”, a USAAF C47, crashing at Jacobs Well near Guildford in Surrey, we meet at the memorial plaque near the crash site to talk to Guildford historian David Rose.
The museum’s Dakota/C47 fuselage carries the markings of “Lilly Bell II” in tribute to its crew:
- 1st Lieutenant Mercer Wilson Avent, Pilot, 28 years old
- Flight Officer John Edmund Wright, acting Co-Pilot, 32 years old
- Technical Sergeant John R. Hillmer, Crew Chief / Flight Engineer, 21 years old
- Staff Sergeant Dale E. Dellinger, Radio Operator, 21 years old
For more information:
Guildford Dragon News – The WWII Crash of C47 ‘Lilly Bell II’