Station 115 Shipdham

The birth, growth and evolution of a World-War II USAAF airfield seen through the eyes of the people who were there.

Author: Peter Bodle

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781781554951

Category: Shipdham (England)

Page: 176

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Station 115-Shipdham is the unique story of 600 acres of Norfolk countryside in the center of the agricultural heartland of East Anglia. It was turned into a major Second World War airfield in ultra-quick order shortly after the start of hostilities in the early 1940s. Built on prime arable and dairy farmland, it is a mere 10 minutes flying time from the city of Norwich, between the Mid-Norfolk Market towns of Dereham and Watton. Station 115-Shipdham covers the gestation of the airfield from open arable farmland through the construction phase to its commissioning as a USAAF Heavy Bomber base in the front line of the greatest conflict that the world has ever seen. It then tracks the activities of the 44th Bomb Group (The Flying Eightballs) at the airfield during the latter stages of the War in some detail. It covers this period of the involvement of the USAAF 8the Air Force from a more personal and human view than many of the excellent books written on the more technical aspect of the war. It then moves on to describe the airfield s reversion to farmland in the 50s, 60 s and 70. Following this quieter period of its life it then traces the re-emergence of the airfield into an operating base for an air-taxi service and then to its activation as a crop spraying operation for the local intensive cereal growing industry. In the mid nineteen-eighties it became home to Arrow Air Centre, a very successful flight training school and a busy light aircraft maintenance base. Finally it evolved into a modern day General Aviation airfield providing a home for light aircraft used for recreation by keen amateur from the Norfolk area. It also became the center of attention for the visits from the Veterans of the 44th Bomb Group Veterans Association. It houses a sizable three room museum, memorial garden and engraved granite memorial that honors the men who served at the station during the war. Several chapters of the book contain the personal reminiscences of the people involved with the airfield during its various stages of evolution."

2nd Air Division Air Force USAAF 1942 45

(USAF) SHIPDHAM (STATION 1 15) The first US heavy bomber base in Norfolk,
Shipdham was also continuous host to B-24 Liberators longer than any other 8th
AF airfield ... 98 BOMBER BASES OE WORLD WAR 2 12 Shipdham (Station 115)

Author: Martin Bowman

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1844155471

Category: History

Page: 192

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As part of the AHT series, the airfields and interest in this book are concentrated in a particular area - in this case Norfolk and Suffolk. The Second Air Division's first bombing mission was flown on November 7, 1942; the last on April 25, 1945. A total of 95, 948 sorties were flown in 493 operational missions by the division's B-24s, dropping 199,883 tons of bombs. Targets attacked ranged from Norway in the north, as far east as Poland and Romania, while several Mediterranean countries were reached from temporary bases in North Africa. Six 2nd Air Division groups received special presidential citations for outstanding actions and five airmen received the Medal of Honor (highest US award for bravery), four posthumously. In combat the 2nd Air Division gunners claimed 1,079 enemy fighters destroyed against losses of 1,458 B-24s missing in action and many others lost in accidents. 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 go.

2nd Air Division Air Force USAAF 1942 45

SHIPDHAM (STATION 115) Description: American bomber base used by the
44th Bomb Group in the Second World War. Location: 3 miles south of East
Dereham. Directions: In Shipdham village, 5 miles south-east of Dereham is a
sign to the ...

Author: Martin W. Bowman

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1473812585

Category: History

Page: 192

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As part of the AHT series, the airfields and interest in this book are concentrated in a particular area—in this case Norfolk and Suffolk. The Second Air Division's first bombing mission was flown on November 7, 1942; the last on April 25, 1945. A total of 95, 948 sorties were flown in 493 operational missions by the division's B-24s, dropping 199,883 tons of bombs. Targets attacked ranged from Norway in the north, as far east as Poland and Romania, while several Mediterranean countries were reached from temporary bases in North Africa. Six 2nd Air Division groups received special presidential citations for outstanding actions and five airmen received the Medal of Honor (highest US award for bravery), four posthumously. In combat the 2nd Air Division gunners claimed 1,079 enemy fighters destroyed against losses of 1,458 B-24s missing in action and many others lost in accidents. 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 go.

The USAAF in Suffolk

Photographs. We have tried to include as much human interest as possible; thus,
there are many group photographs. George Washburn, a co-pilot on a B-24
based at station 115, Shipdham, Norfolk, advised: We were never assigned
planes ...

Author: Roy Brazier

Publisher: Fonthill Media

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 224

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Flight of the Forgotten

Chapter Five: Mission Number Six January 6, 1945, 13:35 Hrs. Shipdham Army
Air Corps Base Station #115, Headquarters of the 44th Bomb Group, U.S. Eighth
Air Force, Norwich, England The Ketchum crew returned to the Shipdham Air ...

Author: Mark Vance

Publisher: Mark Vance via PublishDrive

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 986

Flight of the Forgotten is the true story of one of the most closely-guarded American military secrets of all time. It is intriguing, controversial and thought-provoking. It traverses 50 years, two generations, and the realities of our physical world. Flight of the Forgotten represents a 50 year-old aviation mystery, officially "forgotten" by the United States Government.

Flypast

From there we set off for the 150 - mile home run to cross the sea to the English
coast at Cromer and the final descent into Station 115 Shipdham . My logbook
showed the whole trip took some six and threequarter hours , chock to chock .

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Category: Aeronautics

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The 44th Bomb Group in World War II

Exchange of all summer clothing for The building seen in this picture was the first
to be used as the Post Office at Station 115 Shipdham . ODs was a firm indication
that the men were bound for Europe . All was complete by the morning of 4 ...

Author: Ron Mackay

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing

ISBN:

Category: B-24 (Bomber)

Page: 272

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The 44th Bomb Group, which flew the B-24 Liberator, was the "pioneer" unit for what evolved from the "Mighty Eighth's" 2nd Bomb Wing into a full-scale Bomb (and later Air) Division. The Group amassed an impressive 343 missions and won two Distinguished Unit Citations between November 1942 and April 1945, dropping nearly 19,000 tons of ordnance in the process including the legendary August 1943 Ploesti mission. These statistics were achieved at a material cost of around 200 aircraft, and a human cost of some 2,000 airmen MIA, as the 8th USAAF focused its strategic bombing campaign in the face of determined Luftwaffe opposition. AUTHOR:

The 1 000 Day Battle

Shipdham was Air Force Station 115 built on Patterson ' s farm . Work started on
the airfield ' s consta tion by the British Air Ministry in 1940 . In September had
been the home of the 319th Group ' s B - 26 Maraude Before the Liberators
arrived ...

Author: James Hoseason

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: World War, 1939-1945

Page: 256

View: 961

"An illustrated account of operations in Europe of the 8th Air Force's 2nd Air Division -- 1942-1945 -- including particularly its 448th Bomb Group and the other B-21 units based in East Anglia's Waveney Valley"--Cover.

Aviation News

... to gaining the necessary permission ) Martlesham Heath - Station 369
Mildenhall – RAF Bomber Command Wendling - Station 118 Shipdham - Station
115 Halesworth - Station 365 Thorpe Abbotts - Station 139 Old Buckenham -
Station 144 ...

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Category: Aeronautics

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American Aviation Historical Society Journal

A guide to the stations where U . S . Army Air Forces personnel served in the
United Kingdom during World War II by Captain ... AAF : 115 , Shipdham , Norfolk
, home of the 44th Bomb Group , " The Flying Eightballs " taken 12 March 1943 .

Author: American Aviation Historical Society

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Category: Aeronautics

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AAHS Journal

A guide to the stations where U . S . Army Air Forces personnel served in the
United Kingdom during World War II by Captain ... AAF : 115 , Shipdham , Norfolk
, home of the 44th Bomb Group , " The Flying Eightballs " taken 12 March 1943 .

Author: American Aviation Historical Society

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Category: Aeronautics

Page:

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The Mighty Eighth in Color

NORFOLK. STATION. 115. NORFOLK STATION 138 SNETTERTON HEATH / 96
BG E 93. SHIPDHAM. 44. BG. 66 / 67 / 68 / 506 BS A dog with a special claim to
fame . / Lt Robert C . Peterson , on Captain Hughes ' B - 24D Avenger , acquired
 ...

Author: Roger A. Freeman

Publisher: Specialty PressPub & Wholesalers

ISBN:

Category: World War, 1939-1945

Page: 160

View: 691

Includes aircraft and crews from every U.S. Eighth Air Force base operational in Britain in WWII. The author is a leading historian.

All routes from London

Author: Edward Churton

Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson

ISBN:

Category: Great Britain

Page: 318

View: 540


J G Harrod co s royal despatch and special directory of England

Post Towns , Miles Railway Stations , from or Nearest the Nearest . ... Shipdham
Shipham Shiplake Shipley Shifnal Shifnal Shifnal Shifnal Alnwick Alnwick
Alnwick Shildon Shildon Shildon R . S . O ... Abingdon Shipston - on Shipston -
on | Shipston - on - Moreton - in - theStour Stour Stour Marsh 115 1300 128 78
460 86 ...

Author: J.G. Harrod (and co.)

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Bradshaw s Railway Manual Shareholders Guide and Official Directory

Lord Cranworth , Charles Mortimer , Esq . , Wigmore Capel , Letton , Shipdham ,
Norfolk . ... Incorporated by act of 26th August , 1846 , for making a railway from
the London and North Western goods station , at Camden Town , to West India ...
Leased ( jointly ) , 5 miles ; foreign lines worked over , 98 miles ; total 115 miles .

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Category: Railroads

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The Municipal Journal and Public Works Engineer

Alterations and additions at the Police Station , Coleford . ... Erection of two police
stations at Shipdham , New Buckenham . ... police station .- ( Dep . € 115 ) S. II .
Warral , County Surveyor , 9 , Queen Street , Norwich . Poplar B.C. - June 28.

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Category: Local government

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The cyclists road book

1123 NEW WALSINGHAM 1131 Right to Norwich . Left to Docking , Wighton . . . .
. . . . . 115 Warham Hall . ... 123 Nearest Railway Station , Wells ( G . N . R . ) , 10
m . ROUTE No . 9 . London to Holt . Viâ Thetford and Watton . WHITECHAPEL ...

Author: Charles Spencer (bicyclist.)

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Centenary

... 118 , 119 , Shingham 93 Shipdham 24 Shropham 13 Sidestrand Hall 74
Sleaford 37 Smallborough 85 smallholdings ... 104 Fire Station 115 Thetford 1 , 2
, 54 , 55 , 62 , 136 ambulance service 119 bridewell 12 fire service 114 , 116
Forest ...

Author: C. Wilkins-Jones

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ISBN:

Category: Local government

Page: 145

View: 772


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6 12 3 II ... Station Circus , & c . , 15 plots g.r. 82. os . , r . ... Shipdham , Norfolk.

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Category: Architecture

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Post office directory of the Norfolk counties viz Cambridge Norfolk Suffolk afterw Post office directory of Cambridge Norfolk and Suffolk afterw The Post office directory of Norfolk and Suffolk afterw Kelly s directory of Cambridgeshire Norfolk and Suffolk

779 copy of the one in Shipdham church : the chancel windows St . Giles . ... 4 ,
115 ment , with the exception of a sum of £1 , 011 7s . ... Railway Travelling Post
Day mail to - Coltishall , Cromer , Aylsham , HanOlce Carriage at Thorpe station ,
with a half - penny stamp affixed , worth , North Rpps , South Repps & Reepham .

Author: Kelly's directories, ltd

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