Second Lieutenant, Pilot
311th Ferrying Squadron, 27th Air Transport Group
P-47D Thunderbolt, with serial number 42-75606 took off from Renfrew at 1110 hours on the 29th of December 1943 on at internal flight to Burtonwood. At 1130 hours the aircraft flew lower than the surrounding terrain in mist, crashed through 2 lines of trees at Hartfield Farm and into a field, on the Gleniffer Braes, Scotland.
[There is a difference in the date of death of Herman C. Carey. On the headstone application form it is 28 December 1943. There is a memorial plaque on the place where he crashed in Scotland with the date of 29 December 1943 (http://www.aircrashsites-scotland.co.uk/thunderbolt_hartfield-farm.htm)]
Memorial stone in field between Howwood and Neilston, Renfrewshire, Scotland reads: “Herman Carey killed at this spot 29th December 1943 while flying P-47D Thunderbolt.” He was in 311 AAF Ferrying Squadron. Crashed while flying from Renfrew Airdrome to Burtonwood in low cloud and heavy mist into plateau, altitude approximately 750 feet. Memorial stone located in field 250 yards from Hartfield farm, Hartfield Moss.
Buried in Lynhurst Cemetery Knoxville
–Submitted by Gordon Robertson