IWM catalogue record
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Ground crew of the 7th Bomb Squadron, 34th Bomb Group stand beneath the nose art of a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Sweet Seventeen" at Mendelsham. Image via Jim Martin 7BS 34th BG. Handwritten on reverse: 'Black - (3rd from left) with Ground Crew'
After forming part of the American defence force, first on America's east coast and then on its west, the Group was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in April 1944 and entered combat in May 1944. The Group helped with the preparation for the Normandy...
Military site : airfield
Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.