Stoke & Staffordshire

Service in memory of heroic war pilot Capt John Perrin

Captain John Perrin
Image caption Captain John Perrin was flying a single-seater Mustang aircraft

A service has been organised in memory of a US pilot who died carrying out an emergency landing to avoid hitting a school in World War II.

Capt John Perrin's plane caught fire over Stafford and was hurtling towards Creswell on 4 July 1944.

The 25-year-old pilot, from New Jersey, was flying a single-seater Mustang aeroplane.

The service was being held at the memorial site near junction 14 of the M6 motorway.

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