Lt. William D. Lacey of the 10th Photo Squadron was flying his F-6B Mustang (s/n 312391) on the afternoon of July 30, 1944, over Normandy, France, when his plane was hit by ground fire and crashed 5 miles S.E. of Tessy-sur-Vire. His remains were returned to his family and buried near their home in Toledo, Ohio in 1946. In August 2009 the crash site of his aircraft was rediscovered and excavated by a French team. Local townspeople held a fundraiser to erect a memorial for Lt. Lacey near the site of the crash, and some personal items and parts of his aircraft were presented to his surviving family by both the town and the excavation team.
This beautiful 24x36 open framed canvas display pays tribute to Lt. Lacey and his magnificent aircraft - the P-51 Mustang. It includes a large authentic fragment from his plane that possesses several part number die stamps and North American Aviation inspection stamps (all rare). Framed with the relic is a portrait of Lt. Lacey and a historical description.