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Horsham St Faith

Military site : airfield

Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield was used by the USAAF. Groups based here included the 319th Bomb Group, the 56th Fighter Group and the Liberator-equipped 458th Bomb Group, which operated from the airfield from early 1944. Horsham St Faith was handed over to RAF Fighter Command in July 1945, and continued to be used by the RAF well into the Cold War, home to Gloster Meteor jet fighters. The RAF left the airfield in 1967, and the site was redeveloped as an airport: Norwich International.

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Service

Units

People

  • Dewey Adams

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Crashed at Hellesdon, Norwich after takeoff for 1st operational mission on 2-Mar-44 in B-24H 41-28669. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • John Adamson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Hit by flak and fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-24 #42-28720 and crashed near Finsterwalde. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Arthur Akin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Death Non Battle. Crashed on practice mission, was subbing for another Co-Pilot, plane name was 'Lady Jane', 42-95133.

  • Lewis Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 458th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Plane crashed on takeoff. B-24 #4295120 'Hookem Cow'

  • Raphael Anthony

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Nose Gunner | 458th Bomb Group

  • Homer Ausman

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on mission to Brunswick, Germany. Plane crashed shortly after takeoff.

  • Beverly Ballard

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    After being badly damaged over Berlin on a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-24H #42-52450 crashed on the return N of Amsterdam. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Francis Barnicle

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    B-24H 42-50449 'HEAVENLY HIDEAWAY' crashed after mid-air collision after returning from mission to the Reichenbach Marshalling Yards.

  • Louis Barron

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission for bombers whose target was Villacoublay. Approaching the rendezvous at Forges, France the squadron was pounced on by Fw190's from III Gruppe, JG.2. 2nd Lt Barron was one of four...

  • Harry Bengry

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    After being badly damaged over Berlin on a mission to Genshagen near Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-24H #42-52450 crashed on the return N of Amsterdam. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Aircraft

  • 41-28667 'Jayhawker'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 752BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Tutow, Germany. E/A seen to hit #3 engine which was successfully feathered. Failed to keep up with formation despite jettisoning bombs and headed for neutral territory. Landed at...

  • 41-28669 'Ginny'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 752BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed on 1st combat mission, shortly after take off, stalled possibly due to icing of wings. 2-Mar-44. 3 x RTD, 7 x KIA. Cat 5 damage, written off.

  • 41-28678

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) - Aircraft was lost due to mechanical failure on 22-Mar-44 mission to bomb the BMW engine factory at Basdorf outside Berlin,Germany. Eight of the crew became POW's and one was killed because...

  • 41-28710 "Squat 'N Droppit"

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 712BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Flown by at least 13 different crews on 21 missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Porcaro. Shot down by flak and fighters, crashed near Bonnehain 12-Jun-44. 8 x EVD, 1 x KIA....

  • 41-28718 'Bo'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 752BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 27 missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Berlin. Attacked by Fw190's and dropped out of formation in spin with one engine knocked out. Landed in Rinkaby, Sweden. 11 x Interned (INT). 29-Apr-44. MACR 4451.

  • 41-28720

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 755BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Berlin, just short of IP hit by flak causing oil leak on #4 and turbo failure #2. Dropped out of formation, calling for fighter cover, Me210's attacked them knocking out the tail...

  • 41-28733 'Rhapsody in Junk'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Fassberg airfield, Germany shot down by flak on the 18-Jun-44. 9 x POW 1 x KIA. MACR 5908.

  • 41-28738 'Meat Around the Corner'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 19 missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Epinal. Left formation at target salvoed bombs, 1 x engine feathered and some control lost of rudders, 11-May-44. Headed for and crashed Jegenstorf, Switzerland. Crew...

  • 42-100365 Wolfgang

    B-24 Liberator

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Revisions

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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