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Eye

Military site : airfield

Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the road that serviced the base and so local traffic had to be stopped whenever aircraft were moving to and from those hardstandings. The B-24 Liberators of the 490th Bomb Group, and then their B-17s had to be mindful, when approaching the NW-SE runway from the south, of the ancient church at Eye, which carried a red obstruction light. NOTE: sold 1962-63; returned to agriculture and new industrial estate and business park since 1960s; Bomb Group natural gas pumping Station 1970s-date; EPR world's 1st poultry-litter fuelled power generating plant 1992-date; PP natural gas fired power Station being planned 2014. Second World War aircraft: B-24 1943-44; B-17 1944-45.

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Service

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People

  • Albert Ackerman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 490th Bomb Group
    Albert Ackerman Jr was the son of a lifelong Nebraska farmer and is listed as working as a 'laborer' at West Branch, Pawnee in the 1940 census. ...

  • Clarence Adams

    Military | 490th Bomb Group
    Assigned to BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle stars).

  • Stephen Andrews

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down at Fuerth in B-17 Bombo #4338128. Shot by German soldier while prisoner of war, upon order of commanding officer. US trial no. 12-1993.

  • Robert Barraclough

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Barraclough crew Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x battle stars), American campaign.

  • Thomas Barrineau

    Military | 490th Bomb Group
    Thomas and twin brother Murdock Barrineau lived in Waycross, Georgia with their parents and younger sister Stella. Both brothers attended the Waycross High School and after their graduation the family moved to Naples, Florida. Thomas and Murdock both...

  • John Batsakis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator - Mechanic Gunner, AAF | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Johnson crew. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Beach

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 490th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Zweieichen in B-17 #4338324

  • Ellis Beymer

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group
    Member of Barraclough crew. Assigned to 851BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Stewart Biegler

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 490th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Crashed at Zweieichen on 9/9/44 in B-17 #4338324 POW

  • Donald Blaicher

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 490BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. 126Hrs on type having transferred from bombers. Flying accident in P-51D 44-14805 at Eye/Sta 134 12-Jul-45. Killed in Flying Accident (KIFA). Awards: PH.

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Aircraft

  • 42-38047 Fever Beaver

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 25/11/43; Kearney 6/12/43; Grenier 19/12/43; Presque Is 3/1/44; Assigned 351BS/100BG [EP-O] Thorpe Abbotts 9/1/44; 135m, transferred 490BG Eye 29/5/45; Returned to the USA 4185 BU Independence 21/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains,...

  • 42-40003

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 1/11/43; Denver 27/11/43; Presque Is 11/12/43; ...

  • 42-6151

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 6/8/43; Cheyenne 9/8/43; 424 Sub Gp Gr Island 3/9/43; Assigned 508BS/351BG [YB-M] Polebrook 24/9/43; {26m} transferred 486BG Sudbury 17/7/44; 490BG Eye 8/44; 863BS/493BG Debach with Chas Gibson, damaged by fire 11/6/45; Salvaged ....

  • 42-98003

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 28/4/44; Kearney 6/6/44; Presque Is 28/6/44; Assigned 850BS/490BG Eye 29/6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 9/7/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 11/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 28...

  • 42-98017 All Er' Nothin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 2/5/44; Kearney 16/6/44; Grenier 30/6/44; Assigned 849BS/490BG [W8-N] Eye 2/8/44; crash landed base with Eaden Whiteman 23/2/45 but repaired and back to operations; Returned to the USA Bradley 12/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 25/10/45;...

  • 43-37618

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/5/44; Kearney 17/6/44; Grenier 2/7/44; Assigned 848BS/490BG Eye 3/7/44; mid air coll with 42-38051 (490BG) on training mission 13/8/44 with John Ketas,Tail gunner: Ed Hosey (2RTD, both injured); Co-pilot: Dick Ransom, Navigator:...

  • 43-37776 Heavenly Body

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 20/5/44; Kearney 31/5/44; Grenier 7/6/44; Assigned 849BS/490BG Eye [W8- ] 11/6/44; on routine navigation night flight 27/9/44 with Mike Primus, Co-pilot: Louis Deputy, Navigator: Rich Herman, Bombardier: Bob Simmons, Flight engineer...

  • 43-37849

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/5/44; Hunter 7/6/44; Presque Is 28/6/44; Assigned 490BG Eye 29/6/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 10/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 11/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 21/12/45.

  • 43-37861

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/5/44; Hunter 10/6/44; Grenier 29/6/44; Assigned 490BG Eye 2/7/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 13/7/45; 4185 BU Independence 16/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 18/12/45.

  • 43-37884 PENSY-BELLE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/6/44; Hunter 10/6/44; Dow Fd 30/6/44; Assigned 848BS/490BG Eye 1/7/44; Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 5/11/44 with Clarry Bridwell, Floyd Norman, Dick Colyer, Wendell Cole, Jack Provolt, Ed Longer, John Porterfield, Bob Joyce (8...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 September 2017 16:09:31 Lucy May Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Connected up all of the aircraft record that have 'Eye 490BG' in their biography field.

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2015 22:50:44 JMMortenson Changes to media associations
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Family photo collection.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978)

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