IWM catalogue record
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Ashton Wold House, near Polebrook, home of the 351st Bomb Group. Image via Thomas L Cooper, 351st Bomb Group. Written on slide casing: 'Ashton Wold Manor.'
The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...
Military site : airfield
Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...