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Harold F. Norris Award

The Harold F. Norris Award is the newest award created by the Foundation to honor civilian individuals who provided significant contributions or acts of selfless service in support of American military units and airmen serving in the air war in World War II. This award is named in honor of Staff Sergeant Harold F. Norris who served as tail gunner on the 381st Bomb Group’s Flying Fortress Dry Gulcher. Sergeant Norris was killed on August 4, 1944, shortly after takeoff from Ridgewell Air Field, when his plane caught fire and crashed into the village of Shalford. The rest of his crew parachuted into the village grounds and survived. His legacy of service and his memory continues to live on in the hearts and minds of all those who value his sacrifice that helped defeat the forces of evil and secure the victory in World War II. Today he lies forever beneath a field of green at Cambridge American Cemetery.

UPDATE: The award presentation was originally scheduled for June 21st this year at Shalford Village Hall when Dr. Vernon L. Williams, President of the Foundation was scheduled to present the awards to the families of the honorees. The event will be hosted by the Shalford History Society. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the presentation has had to be postponed until fall 2021 or May 2022. As soon as the new date is confirmed with the Foundation and the Shalford History Society, the announcement will be posted on this website and a new press release will be sent out to everyone who receives the Foundation newsletter.

Harold F. Norris Award Honorees

2020 Sybil Morgan, (posthumous) For her heroic rescue attempt in endeavouring to enter a burning Fortress, in spite of bombs and ammunition exploding in the fiery wreckage of the Dry Gulcher at Shalford Village, Essex, UK. In hopes to provide assistance to the air crew, Sybil Morgan ran into the smokey debris, despite great risk to herself and a total disregard for her own safety. The people of the United States are grateful for her efforts and will forever remember her actions in support of the Cupernall crew on that desperate day on August 4, 1944.

2020 Albert W. Tarbin, (posthumous) For his heroic rescue attempt in endeavouring to enter a burning Fortress, in spite of bombs and ammunition exploding in the fiery wreckage of the Dry Gulcher at Shalford Village, Essex, UK. In hopes to provide assistance to the air crew, Albert W. Tarbin ran into the smokey debris, despite great risk to himself and a total disregard for his own safety. The people of the United States are grateful for his efforts and will forever remember his actions in support of the Cupernall crew on that desperate day on August 4, 1944.

2020 Peter Morgan, (posthumous) For his role in the production of the documentary film, Dry Gulcher Down, and for his important contribution to the historical record of this significant World War II event in Shalford Village.