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Page 108 of the Duxford Diary.
Many of the 8th Air Force Groups produced an unofficial unit history in the months after the war ended in Europe but before they were redeployed out of the ETO (‘European Theater of Operations’). The Duxford Diary was the book created by and for the service personnel who were based at Duxford at the end of the war in Europe, as a memento of their time at the airfield.

Resembling a college yearbook, unit histories were an unofficial – and often tongue-in-cheek – record of the unit’s time in the UK. They include photo montages showing different aspects of base life. Often the servicemen in the photos are unnamed. The American Air Museum hopes that by adding unit histories to the website as individual pages, the men in the photos will be identified and associated to their person entries.

Connections

Units

People

  • William Shoemaker

    Military | First Lieutenant | 2027th Commanding Officer (to Sep 1944)
    Killed while engaged in firefighting operations when a Halifax bomber crashed and then exploded near Duxford Airbase, England. Lt Shoemaker was appointed Commanding Officer when the 2027th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon was activated at Harding Field...

Locations

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 July 2015 17:01:22 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations
Sources

Associated page with the appropriate entries of people/places/aircraft etc.

Date Contributor Update
21 July 2015 17:53:03 Lucy May Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations and place associations
Sources

These scans were made from a copy of the Duxford Diary in IWM’s Collections. This is one of the copies printed in September 1945 by the Duxford Diary Staff and Committee for the American units stationed at the airfield.

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