3rd Air Division 8th Air Force USAF 1942-45

ebook Flying Fortress and Liberator Squadrons in Norfolk and Suffolk · Bomber Bases of Ww2

By Martin W. Bowman

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A history and guide to the historic British airfields where American bombers had to be ready to go at a moment's notice—includes photos.

A magnificent centuries-old house in England, Elveden Hall served as the Headquarters of the 3rd Air Division of the 8th US Army Air Force during the Second World War. Broadly speaking, it flew B17 Flying Fortresses out of Suffolk, but also 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.

This guide offers at comprehensive look at the history, covering:

  • Targets: enemy airfields, submarine facilities, V-1 missile sites; aircraft factories
  • Missions and campaigns: Big Week, the first daylight raid on Berlin, the Battle of the Bulge
  • Airfields: Bury St Edmunds, Debach, Deopham Green Eye, Framlington, Great Ashfield, Horham, Knettishall, Lavenham, Mendlesham, Rattlesden, Snetterton Heath, Sudbury, and Thorpe Abbotts—site of one of finest aviation museums in England
  • Stories and personalities associated with each base, and local haunts where air and ground crew would have taken a break from the pressures of wartime
  • What remains today, including museums and historic sites

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