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Seething

Military site : airfield

Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Seething had three concrete runways, 51 hardstandings of both loop and 'frying-pan’ types, and two T2 hangars, one on each side of the airfield. It was home to the 448th Bomb Group, equipped with B-24s, from November 1943 to July 1945. On the evening of 22 April 1944, Luftwaffe Me 410 night-fighters caused havoc at Seething after following home a B-24 of the 714th Bomb Squadron, which was shot down along with two other B-24s, while a fourth B-24 crashed upon landing into wreckage on the runway. Handed over to the RAF in July 1945, the station was used temporarily as a surplus munitions store. Sold in 1959, the site mostly returned to agriculture after demolition. However, part of one wartime runway remains the heart of present-day Seething Airfield, operated by Wingtask 1995 Ltd, originally the Waveney Flying Group. The wartime Control Tower has been preserved as a Museum, home to the 448th Bomb Group Collection.

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Service

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  • Marshall Adamson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) shot down by flak and crashed near Vez on 6/27/44 in B-24 #4250344

  • Carl Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-24 41-28609. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Seymour Ausfresser

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 712BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. B-24H 41-28711 Stalled out into a spin due to ice build up over English channel on mission to Brux, Czechoslovakia, baled out before control was regained, 21-Apr-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 4343. ...

  • Donald Birdsall

    Military | Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Persistant fighter attacks on a mission to Achmer a/f, GR on 21 Feb 1944 damaged B-24H # 42-7764 'Bag O' Bolts'. With one engine out and control cable damage, the a/c completed the bomb run but dropped out of formation on return and sustained further...

  • Walter Bookamer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 448th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed near Genthin in B-24 #4129004

  • Brona Bottoms

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 448th Bomb Group

  • Robert Brady

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner. Bryson's crew | 448th Bomb Group

  • Albert Broadfoot

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 448th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Awaiting transportation home on completion of his mission over Europe. At the time of the crash which cost him his life, he was serving as a check pilot for new crews before they went into combat duty. Check pilot...

  • Ralph Brown

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 448th Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 May 1944 in B-24 #42100287. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Wilbur Bryson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 448th Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 41-28583 'Rum Runner'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 713BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Hit by flak 25-Apr-44. Landed in Switzerland. 9 x Interned. MACR 4300.

  • 41-28588 'Sad Sack'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Ludwigshaven. Shot down Lt Detlef Grossfuss in Fw 190A-6 of JG 2/2y at Pontoise, France. 30-Dec-43 crew baled out. 9 x POW. 1 x KIA. MACR 4176.

  • 41-28593 'The Prodigal Son'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 712BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Brunswick, shot down by fighters 11-Jan-44. 5 x KIA, 5 x POW. MACR 2519.

  • 41-28599

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Ludwigshaven shot down 30-Dec-43, 6 x crew baled out, pilot, copilot, radio operator and engineer remained with A/C, with only the engineer surviving the crash. 7 x POW, 3 x KIA....

  • 41-28602 'Commando'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 713BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Manheim, combat damaged 25-Apr-44. Landed in Switzerland. Destroyed by crew on landing. 10 x Interned. 10 x RTD. MACR 4364/15161.

  • 41-28609

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 714BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to marshalling yards at Osnabruck hit by OberstLeutnant Peter Jenne JG 26/I killing Sgt Richard B Leing in the tail turret. Subsequently exploded in mid air. 2 x POW, 8 x KIA. MACR 2422.

  • 41-28611 'Baby Shoes'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 712BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Brandenburg, Germany. Last seen crossing the coast with one engine feathered 9-Mar-44, crashed Nth of Arendonk, Belgium. 1 x RTD, 9 x POW. MACR 3339.

  • 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....

  • 41-28711 'Little Sheppard'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 712BS, 448BG, 8AF USAAF. Stalled out into a spin due to ice build up over English channel on mission to Brux, Czechoslovakia, navigator baled out before control was regained, 21-Apr-44. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Allach, Germany....

  • 41-28843 Repulser

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 41-28843, The Repulser, was attacked by heavily-armed ME 410 German fighters and crashed in the fields near Kessingland.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 August 2016 23:34:19 bloodsweatflak Changes to media associations
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Seething, England

Date Contributor Update
29 April 2015 17:54:11 scooter6793 Changes to media associations
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Update

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

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

Roger Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Manual (2nd edn, London, 2001)

Michael Bowyer, Action Stations 1: Wartime Military Airfields of East Anglia 1939-1945 (Cambridge, 1979)

http://www.seething-airfield.com/airfield.php

http://www.seethingtower.org/

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