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Mendlesham

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.

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Service

Units

People

  • Leean Adkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew chief | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 18BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Alfred Allega

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew chief | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 391BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Altamore

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Joseph Altamore served with the 34th Bomb Group as a bombardier. He was shot down on 24 August 1944 in B-24 #4294780, nicknamed 'Smitty'. He was Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Milton Andersen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot B-17G | 34th Bomb Group
    Not yet 19, Milton Andersen enlisted in the Air Corps in June 1942. He trained as a bomber pilot and was sent overseas, assigned to the 34th Bomb Group / 4th Bomb Squadron in England. After flying with the 4th Squadron on 3 missions on B-24 Liberators...

  • Paul Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Mechanic | 34th Bomb Group
    Trained as radio op/gunner but retained as radio tech. Assigned to 7th Sqd. 34th BG H in Blyth CA, then sent to England spring of '44 with group. ...

  • Andrew Anselmini

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Flew 32 missions. AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Chester Antkowiak

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew chief | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 4BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Paul Arthaud

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 391BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. Eastman crew. Failed to Return Tourre in B-24 42-52738 'Wilson' 7-Jun-44; enemy fighter followed A/C back to home base, shot down in landing circuit. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Robert Baer

    Military | Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Completed 34 missions in B-17's. Flew with Perry and Steman crews.

  • David Bailey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 18BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg 7-Oct-44 in B-17 44-8328; Last seen by pilot,struggling with safety belt Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 9341 Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

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Aircraft

  • 41-28838 Misery Agent / Tommy Thumper

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator 41-28838 was originally assigned to the 486th Bomb Group and nicknamed "Tommy Thumper". The aircraft flew 7 missions with the 486th Bomb Group from 8 May 1944, before being transferred to the 34th Bomb Group and being renamed "Misery...

  • 41-29572 'Scotty'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 18BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. 5 x combat missions. Returning from Tourres, A/C shot down by intruder, Ju88 7-Jun-44. 7 x RTD, 3 x KIA. MACR 6725

  • 42-102523 Mission Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/3/44; Kearney 27/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 333BS/94BG [TS-H] Rougham 8/4/44; 331BS [QE-H]; transferred 34BG Mendlesham 5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 23/6/45; Reconstruction...

  • 42-30120 'Patches'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/4/43; Smoky Hill 25/4/43; Tinker 23/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 91BG Bassingbourn 15/6/43; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-D] Horham 16/6/43; 16/7/43 with Louis Reno force landed RAF Chedburgh; slight mid-air collision with 42-30601 ...

  • 42-31237 Alexander's Ragtime Band

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/10/43; Grand Island 16/10/43; Wilmington 19/10/43; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-O] Gt Ashfield 26/10/43; battle damaged Pas de Calais 1/5/44 with Russell Novotny(& crew from 452BG), Co-pilot: Fred Hageter (2 Returned to Duty),...

  • 42-37792

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 29/8/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-B] Grafton Underwood 2/11/43; transferred 836BS/487BG Lavenham 16/7/44; transferred 34BG Mendlesham; retUS Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/9/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-94780

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-97268 Million Dollar Baby

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Accepted 12/2/44; Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/44; Dalhart AAF 1/3/44; Grenier Fd 2/4/44; Assigned 410BS/94BG [GL-Z] Rougham 22/4/44; Ret US Bradley 4/8/45; 4185 BU Independence 30/11/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 42-97469 Busy Baby

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/11/43; Wendover 8/12/43; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 26/2/44; 457BG Glatton 12/3/44; 527BS/379BG [FO-I] Kimbolton 18/3/44; transferred to RAF Binbrook 12/44 and declared war weary 11/1/45; 34BG Mendlesham /45; 1 Base Air Depot,...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2017 14:45:57 Lucy May Changes to media associations
Sources

Added associations to photos where Medlesham was spelt 'Mendelsham'.

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2016 22:01:04 Scott 34th7th Changes to known as, usaaf from date, usaaf to date, construction date and closure date
Sources

Wikipedia contributors, "RAF Mendlesham," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=RAF_Mendlesham&oldid=679900752 (accessed May 12, 2016).

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2016 16:51:20 Lucy May Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Added aircraft based at Mendlesham.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / http://mendleshamairfieldassociation.wordpress.com/history/

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