|Back Next||The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Fulton, Missouri|
13 September 1990:
"On December 29th 1940, this church, along with thirteen other Wren
churches, was destroyed in the Luftwaffe's great fire raid on the City
of London, which was later dubbed 'The Second Great Fire of London' ...
as the Luftwaffe dropped 10,000 incendiary bombs onto the City and came
within an ace of destroying the financial centre of the British Empire.
Only bad weather back in France prevented the bombers returning for what
would surely have been a devastating second wave.
Actor Richard Burton was a major promoter and donor for the project.
Some 7,000 stones were carefully numbered, denoting their exact position in the church, and were transported across the Atlantic by sea, free of charge as ships' ballast, and onto Fulton, Missouri, by rail.