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Bomber bases of World War 2 : 3rd Air Division, 8th Air Force USAAF, 1942-45 : flying fortress and liberator squadrons in Norfolk and Suffolk

Author: Martin W Bowman
Publisher: Barnsley : Pen & Sword Aviation, 2009.
Series: Aviation heritage trail series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The 3rd Air Division: Elveden Hall was the Headquarters of this division of the 8th US Army Air Force. Broadly speaking it flew B17 Flying Fortresses out of Suffolk, but included some bases in Norfolk. Some units had short periods flying B24 Liberators. The famous 'Bloody Hundredth', based at Thorpe Abbotts was typical of the units within the 3rd Air Division. From June 1943 to January 1944 it concentrated its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin W Bowman
ISBN: 9781844158287 1844158284
OCLC Number: 295000923
Description: ix, 230 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: The airfields. Bury St. Edmunds (Rougham) : Station 468 --
Debach : Station 152 --
Deopham Green : Station 142 --
Eye (Brome) --
Station 134 --
Fersfield (Winfarthing) : Station 554 (formerly 140) --
Framlingham (Parham) : Station 153 --
Great Ashfield : Station 155 --
Honington : Station 375 --
Horham : Station 119 --
Knettishall : Station 136 --
Lavenham (Cockfield) : Station 137 --
Mendlesham (Wetheringsett) : Station 156 --
Rattlesden --
Station 126 --
Snetterton Heath : Station 138 --
Sudbury (Acton) : Station 174 --
Thorpe Abbotts : Station 139.
Series Title: Aviation heritage trail series.
Other Titles: 3rd Air Division 8th Air Force USAAF, 1942-45
Responsibility: Martin W. Bowman.

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"The 3rd Air Division: Elveden Hall was the Headquarters of this division of the 8th US Army Air Force. Broadly speaking it flew B17 Flying Fortresses out of Suffolk, but included some bases in Norfolk. Some units had short periods flying B24 Liberators. The famous 'Bloody Hundredth', based at Thorpe Abbotts was typical of the units within the 3rd Air Division. From June 1943 to January 1944 it concentrated its efforts against airfields, submarine facilities and aircraft industries in France and Germany. January through May 1944, the Group bombed enemy airfields, industries, marshalling yards, V-1 missile sites, including participation in the Allied campaign against enemy aircraft factories during Big Week, February 20-25, 1944. Participated in the first daylight raid against Berlin (March 4, 1944) and completed a series of attacks against Berlin March 6, 8, 1944 for which the 100th Bomb Group was awarded a second Presidential Unit Citation. In the summer of 1944 oil installations became the major target. In October through December 1944, the Century Bombers attacked transportation, oil refineries and ground defenses in the drive against the Siegfried Line. They were involved in the December 24, 1944 mission to attack communication centers and airfields in the Ardennes sector during the Battle of the Bulge. January to April 1945, the Group concentrated on marshalling yards, bridges, factories, docks, oil refineries and ground support. Airfields included are Bury St Edmunds, Debach, Deopham Green Eye, Framlington, Great Ashfield, Horham, Knettishall, Lavenham, Mendlesham, Rattlesden, Snetterton Heath, Sudbury and Thorpe Abbots, which has one of the finest aviation museums in England. This book looks at the history and personalities associated with each base, what remains today and explores the favourite local wartime haunts where aircrew and ground crew would have sought well-deserved entertainment and relaxation. Other museums and places that are relevant are described and general directions on how to get them included"--Publisher's website.

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