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Military site : airfield

Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group. The 323rd transferred to Earls Colne in June1943, and Horham instead became the final UK base of the 95th Bomb Group, who flew B-17 missions from the airfield until the end of the war in Europe. RAF Maintenance Command took over the airfield in 1945, and the base remained in RAF hands until sold off in the early 1960s.

Detailed history

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English Heritage's record description

An airfield situated near Horham was taken over by the 95th Bomb Group in June 1943. In 1945 the Group retuned to the USA and the station returned to the RAF and was used as a satellite site for No.25 and No.262 Maintenance Units.
The site closed in October 1948 and was later used to defend the East Anglian V-bomber bases. The site was sold in the 1960s to a private owner.




  • Jack Anderson

    Military | Corporal | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Oliver Andres

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Oliver Andres served as a bombardier with the 334th Bomb Squadron of the 95th Bomb Group, out of Horham, England. ...

  • Robert Baber

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Pilot B-17 42-102700 "I'll Get By" Shot down by flak and crashed near Lisieux. 2-8-44. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Harrell Baker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    26 missions over Europe

  • Frank Barbour

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Barron

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Bombardier B-17F #42-30634 'Liberty Belle'. After leaving formation due to an engine fire on secondary mission to bomb airfields near Hanover, Germany on 21 Feb 1944, A/C was attacked by nine FW190s. Four crewman jumped before the a/c exploded and...

  • Roy Bass

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Top Turret Gunner Roy Bass was an original member of the Robert E. Fischer crew. As he had not filled his quota of 25 missions like the others, he stayed behind and flew with Pilot Sidney Balman on 42-30609 'Pistol Packin' Mama' for his 24th mission,...

  • James Beam

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4297223. Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Jennings Beck

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters on mission to Frankfurt on 29 Jan 1944 in B-17F 42-3545. Evaded (EVD). Awards: AM (OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Delbert Bennett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down in B-17G #43-38660. Killed in Action (KIA).

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  • 41-24416 'Black Diamond Express'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 326BS/92BG Bangor 16/7/42; 95BG Horham /43; 359BS/303BG [BN-V] Molesworth, 17/6/43; Returned to the USA Sheppard 5/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 26/10/45. BLACK DIAMOND EXPRESS.

  • 42-102427

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/3/44. Kearney 25/3/44. Grenier 2/4/44. Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-C] Horham 7/4/44 Battle damaged Mainz 9/10/44 with Taylor; force landed France, 9RTD. Salvaged 14/11/44.

  • 42-102447 'El's Belles'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-A] Horham 6/4/44; with L.J. Price, force landed 4/8/44 sal; with M.S. Roy force landed Framlingham AFB 25/12/44; with H. Rivet force landed France 20/2/45; with J.E....

  • 42-107201 'Worry Bird'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 20/3/44; Kearney 31/3/44; Dow Fd 6/7/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-J] Horham 8/4/44; 121m, Returned to the USA Bradley 2/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 23/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 42-30185 'Wee Bonnie'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Smoky Hill 5/5/43; Dow Fd 25/5/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-H] Horham 15/6/43; 10m, severe battle damaged Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Don Eastling, rest unknown; Salvaged 24/8/43. WEE BONNIE.

  • 42-30288 'Louise II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9-May-43; Smoky Hill 17-May-43; Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 30-May-43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-T] at Horham, UK on 14-Jun-43; with R.E. Robinson force landed RAF Wheaton Ash, all crew OK, 16-Jun-43; 18m, battle damaged Marienberg 9-Oct...

  • 42-30342 "T'aint A Bird II"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/5/43; Gore 20/5/43; Smoky Hill 30/5/43; Wright 30/6/43; Smoky Hill 20/7/43; Kearney 22/7/43; Dow Fd 25/7/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-B] Horham 28/7/43; 54m, transferred APH with Azon for Aphrodite missions, Knettishall; Aphrodite...


    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 10/7/43; Grand Isle 28/7/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-C] Horham 3/9/43 DESTINY'S TOT; then CINCINNATI QUEEN; with N.S. Rothschild force landed RAF Netheravon 4/10/43; with Rich Smith force landed Metfield AFB 16/12/43. 19m Missing in...

  • 42-3095 'Peggy Ann'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26-Jan-43; Pueblo 1-Feb-43; Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 10-Jun-43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-Z] Horham 2-Jul-43; 14m, (force landed Eye AF 22/2/44), transferred SAD 1-Mar-44; 94BG Rougham 25-Jul-43; 25BG Watton 1-Apr-44; 2 BAD 19-Jun-44;...

  • 42-31063 'Spook Six'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/9/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-T] Horham 29/9/43 SPOOK SIX; with Lt Gurney force landed Alconbury afb 19/11/43; 48m, transferred 457BG Glatton 6/44; 384BG Grafton Underwood 22/3/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for...

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Date Contributor Update
03 September 2019 13:31:36 Emily Changes to english heritage description

Historic England National Monument Record TM 27 SW 34

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2016 11:30:59 Lucy May Changes to aircraft associations

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