In a recent post KevinBattle made reference to a B-24 that came down at Bulverhithe, St Leonards on Sea. This beast had been a mystery for a long while and another look was prompted by an enquiry that came in to us at Bexhill Museum. Using Roger Freeman's Mighty Eighth War diary it was found as "Becks Hill, Kent". 1943 31 Dec. B-24D-15-CF 42-63957 'Unstable Mabel' of the 389th Bomb Group, 564 Bomb Squadron. Target St Jean D'Angely airfield 1211-1235 hours GPs and Incendiaries Four 2nd Bombardment Division Groups* talking part dispatching 94 aircraft of which 87 effective. The 389th fielded 25 aircraft and for no combat loss accounted for 6 definite and 1 probable kills. They lost only 2 aircraft written off on return. Unstable Mabel being near the coast at ‘Becks Hill’. * The 392nd BG where unlucky in losing 10 Libs. Roy Green, a Pebsham resident, recalled in a tape made in 2016, seeing a bomber coming in low over Pebsham from the north west. He thought an engine was on fire. John Dowling reports the memory of a relative who lived on the south side of Bexhill Road: "This thing had been circling round, looking for a suitable landing ground I suppose. It went out to sea a little way then turned and came back inland. It came in very low over the playing fields. My mum said we ought to go out into the back garden in case it crashed on the house..." And away she went. Her brother, who was interested in aircraft, went over to see the wreck. She was not allowed over until later. She confirmed all the details - plane hit the cricket hut, swerved round and went into someone's back garden etc. She couldn't remember it being on fire as it came over though it was clear that it was in difficulties. Also, she had always thought it was a Flying Fortress but confesses that she doesn't know about aircraft. Date of event is not recorded for these two memories: Both of Carol Sargent's parents were on record some years ago talking about a Flying Fortress they saw circling over the centre of Bexhill...it has always been taken as B-17 Mizpah II - that came down in the sea 06 September 1943 - but could not have been as that aircraft made a straight-in ditching off of the Clock tower. It can only be Unstable Mabel Bert Kiff, a carpenter, reported almost being clouted by a parachute pack [which he handed into the police] whilst working 'on the green roofs of the bungalows at Pebsham' This image is of B-24 42-63960 which was only three aircraft away from Unstable Mabel on the production line. It is also served with the 564th [photographed in the spring of 1944] so apart from the individual aircraft letter on the lower tailplane this is probably what Unstable Mabel looked like.