Holtzwihr's townhall sports a plaque on its side commemorating the crew of The Lancaster bomber that was shot down in the town's woods on Dec 4, 1944.
Further in the woods, a memorial marks the spot where the plane crashed. Signs with the crew's picture and a short summary of the event point to the spot.
The monument is revealed, just down a short path in the forest. Some artifacts from the plane (tire rubber and a bit of the body) remain. Locals carved a headstone with elements of the event and the date.
Jean Louis is the town's unofficial historian and works with a passion to preserve the history of the region. His grandfather was involved in the removal of the bodies of the flight crew that died while the plane was shot down.
This small town boasts another hero: Audie Murphy -- an American who single-handedly held off a German counterattack in a burning tank, and allowed a safe retreat by his troops.