TO A FALLEN HERO
the winter of 1945, as the air war raged over France, a lone P-51D
Mustang, returning from a reconnaissance mission, was lost near
the village of Longueville France. The P-51D had developed an unknown
mechanical problem causing the loss of the pilot, Lieutenant William
Patton and his aircraft.
For 56 years, Lieutenant Patton and his plane were lost to history.
On January 15 2001 Lieutenant Patton's air craft was accidentally
discovered submerged in a bog near the village of Longueville. The
remains of the air craft was removed from the bog and displayed
in the museum of Fort Leveau in France. Due to the unique properties
of this bog, Lieutenant Patton and his aircraft were well preserved,
allowing the Lieutenant to finally be properly interred in the Springfield
By the end of the war there were over 79,000 fallen heroes declared
missing in action.
Please visit our museum and see the recovered parts of this aircraft
along with other memorabilia.
This web page is dedicated to the family of William Wyatt Patton.