Aerial photograph of Beccles airfield, looking south 29 February 1944. Photograph taken by 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, sortie number US/7PH/GP/LOC188. English Heritage (USAAF Photography).
A damaged B-17F Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30793) nicknamed "Tom Paine" of the 388th Bomb Group at Beccles, 13 April 1944. Official caption on image: "710 (44) W.P.U. 4-13-44 Beccles Battle Damage B-17F 42-30793 RZ FSAD."
Beccles was built for the Eighth Air Force in 1943-44 but not used. RAF and Fleet Air Arm units occupied the base from 1944-45, providing Air Sea Rescue support. It closed 1945 and re-opened as Beccles Heliport 1965. The private Beccles Airfield has been on part of Second World War airfield site 1997.
B-17 Flying Fortress
Named Tom Paine after a famous soldier who served in the American Army during the War of Independence after the airmen of the 562nd after they found out that he had been born in the nearby town of Thetford. Was chosen to promote Anglo-American co...