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Hempnall Parish Council; 1895-1914; Hempnall, Norfolk

  • GB/153/NM/1008
  • Corporate body
  • 1895-1914

Parish councils were formed under the Local Government Act 1894. They took over the civic and social welfare duties of existing groups hitherto based around ecclesiastical parishes (notably the overseers of the poor). Records of parish charities managing commons under distribution of land as a consequence of the Enclosure Acts can often be found in parish council records.
They are elected bodies, usually on a four year cycle. The number of councilors varies according to the population of the parish.
Parish Councils tend to be responsible for the provision of such facilities as village halls, recreation grounds and children's play areas. They have a legal right to be consulted and to comment on all planning applications in their areas.

Robert W. Sparrow; 1918-1944; USAAF airman; Oceanside, New York, USA

  • GB/153/NM/10086
  • Person
  • 1918-1944

1st Lt Robert W. Sparrow was born in Oceanside, New York. He was a pilot in the 852nd Bomb Squadron. On his 18th mission, his aircraft, the B-24 'Lambsy Divey' was hit by anti-aircraft fire over Misburg, Germany on the 12 September 1944. The only crew member to survive the crash was Sgt Henry A. Morris. Robert W. Sparrow was buried in the United States Military Cemetery Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium.

Charles W. Arnett; 1919-2008; USAAF airman; Duncan, Arizona, USA

  • GB/153/NM/10087
  • Person
  • 1919-2008

2nd Lt Charles W. Arnett (5 September 1919-12 March 2008) originally trained as an aircraft mechanic, later qualifying and flying as a pilot. He led the Arnett Crew (crew no. 717) on three combat missions before being shot down in the B-24 'Boomerang' (aircraft number 44-40171) on 19 May 1944. Following the crash, Arnett was captured and held as a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft III and Stalag Luft XIII. After the war he trained in agronomy and joined the Army Air Reserves. He was recalled to service in 1950.

Ernest M. 'Ernie' Gavitt; ?-2008; USAAF airman; Providence, Rhode Island, USA

  • GB/153/NM/10088
  • Person
  • ?-2008

2nd Lt Ernest M. 'Ernie' Gavitt was born in Providence, Rhode Island (?-27 October 2008). Gavitt served as navigator with the Arnett Crew (crew no. 717) on board the B-24J 'Boomerang'(aircraft no. B-24J 44-40171) which was shot at near Brunswick, Germany, and forced into an emergency landing on the German-occupied Dutch coast, near Tuitjenhorn, Holland (Netherlands), 19 May 1944. Gavitt was captured and held as a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft III.

Robert I. Mantel; fl 1941-1945; USAAF airman; Brooklyn, New York, USA

  • GB/153/NM/10089
  • Person
  • fl 1941-1945

S/Sgt Robert I. Mantel was born in Brooklyn, New York. He served as gunner with the Hurley Crew (crew no. 604) of the 856th Bomb Squadron, 492nd Bomb Group, flying 29 missions before transferring to the 801st Bomb Squadron, 492nd Bomb Group, 16 August 1944.

Starston Parish Council; 1833-1968; Starston, Norfolk

  • GB/153/NM/1009
  • Corporate body
  • 1833-1968

Parish councils were formed under the Local Government Act 1894. They took over the civic and social welfare duties of existing groups hitherto based around ecclesiastical parishes (notably the overseers of the poor). Records of parish charities managing commons under distribution of land as a consequence of the Enclosure Acts can often be found in parish council records.
They are elected bodies, usually on a four year cycle. The number of councilors varies according to the population of the parish.
Parish Councils tend to be responsible for the provision of such facilities as village halls, recreation grounds and children's play areas. They have a legal right to be consulted and to comment on all planning applications in their areas.

James P. McCrory; 1915-2005; USAAF airman; Prairieville, Louisiana, USA

  • GB/153/NM/10090
  • Person
  • 1915-2005

T/Sgt James P. McCrory was born on 1 April 1915. He served as radio operator with Taylor Crew (crew no. R-04) of the 856th Bomb Squadron and 801st Bomb Squadron, 492nd Bomb Group. He died in Prairieville, Louisiana on 11 September 2005.

Douglas Noel Pleasant; ?-1944; USAAF airman; USA

  • GB/153/NM/10091
  • Person
  • ?-1944

Cpl Douglas Noel Pleasant served as a tail gunner with the Steneman Crew (crew no. 809) with the 858th Bomb Squadron, 492nd Bomb Group. The Steneman Crew was reassigned to the 859th Bomb Squadron and redesignated the Steneman Crew crew no. (crew no. 909), 19 June 1944. The crew's final mission, 7 July 1944, targetted an aircraft manufacturing plant in Bernburg, Germany. The aircraft was shot down near Egeln and Ohrsleben, Germany, and three crewmen, including Cpl Pleasant were killed, the remaining crew were captured and held as prisoners of war.

Hubert F. Radford; fl 1941-1945; USAAF airman; North Carolina, USA

  • GB/153/NM/10092
  • Person
  • fl 1941-1945

Lt Col. Hubert F. Radford was born on the 27 January 1920 in North Carolina. He flew 14 missions with the 93rd Bomb Group and served with one of the first Pathfinder radar bombing crews. He died on the 25 October 2002.

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