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Snetterton Heath

Military site : airfield

Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Three more T2 hangars were erected on the nearby site of Eccles Air Depot but that was never completed. The 386th Bomb Group equipped with B-26s occupied this station for a week in early June 1943, and was replaced in mid-June by the 96th Bomb Group equipped with B-17s. After some 300 missions from Snetterton Heath, the 96th Bomb Group left for the USA during November-December 1945. The station was then placed under Care and Maintenance by the RAF and kept in operational condition until closed in the late 1940s. The airfield was bought privately in 1952 for development as a motor cycle and motor car racing circuit, the first race meeting being held in 1953. The much modified and upgraded circuit has since become a thriving venue for local club, national and international racing, and also for development and testing of motor vehicles.

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Service

Units

People

  • Philip Aaronson

    Military | Corporal | 96th Bomb Group

  • Frederick Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    POW crashed near Hockenheim on 21 Jan 45 in B-17 'Mammy Yokum' #4338659. Crashed on 21 Jan 45 in B-17 Mannheim mission 'Mammy Yokum' #4338659 Flak over Karlsruhe resulted in a direct hit and put his plane out of commission. Oelker jettisoned bo

  • Eugene Aldridge

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 413BS, 96BG, 8AF USAAF. 23 x combat missions. Crash landed in a field near East Shropham due to the props on two engines running away on form-up for a mission to Frankfurt on 4 Feb 1944 in B-17F 42-30188 'Temptation'. RTD. Failed to Return...

  • Robert Alford

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    POW crashed at Gustausborg on 13 Jan 45 in B-17 #448489 Wing's lead plane, piloted by Capt Merlin "Gary" Miller and carried the 339th's commander Lt. Col. Melvin Buckner as command pilot and miller's old comrad, Warren Berg was ...

  • Joseph Amanna

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 7 May 1944 in B-17 #423324 'Rikki Tikki Tavi. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Alfred Anderegg

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 96th Bomb Group
    Alfred F. Anderegg, B-17 Bombardier, USAAF, Eighth Air Force, 96th Bomb Group (U.K.), ex-POW, Stalag Luft III (100 miles SE of Berlin. Barracks 128, South Compound). The North Compound of Stalag Luft III was where The Great Escape took place. ...

  • Frank Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 April 1944 in B-17 #4237985 'The Saint. ' Landed in Sweden. Interned.

  • Milford Andrews

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #4297167. Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • Dino Armanini

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 7 May 1944 in B-17 #423324 'Rikki Tikki Tavi. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Purple Heart

  • John Ashmead

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4229939 'Duchess. ' Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Aircraft

  • 41-9089 Johnny Reb

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Sarasota 15/4/42. Assigned 414BS/97BG Polebrook 4/42. Flew on first 8th Air Force heavy bomber mission 17 August 1942 with Pilot Lt. Richard S. Starks (WIA 21/8/42); Co-pilot: Donald A. Walter (KIA 21/8/42); Navigator: Harold Spire;...

  • 41-9129

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 359BS/303BG Molesworth 21/4/42; slated 388BG, transferred 97BG Polebrook 8/42; 327BS/92BG [UX-R] Bovingdon 9/42; 305BG Grafton Underwood 6/11/42; 96BG Snetterton 11/8/43; 388BG Knettishall 11/8/43 as t/t & hack; Salvaged 22/6/45.

  • 42-102444

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/3/44; Gr Island 30/3/44; Dow Fd 6/4/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-S] Snetterton 7/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Leo Green, Co-pilot: Simon Nesbitt, Navigator: Jim Hesketh, Bombardier: Dan Benia, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-102450 'Paisano'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 96BG Snetterton 7/4/44; transferred 336BS/95BG Horham 8/4/44; with W.G. Helm force landed A-71 Clastres, France 29/12/44; 85m, Missing in Action Chemnitz 3/3/45 with Bob Duncan, Co...

  • 42-102451

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Gr Island 22/3/44; Grenier 6/4/44; Slated 385BG, Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX-T] Snetterton 7/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with George Sturler,Tail gunner: Ed Muszynski (2 Prisoner of War); Co-pilot: Melvin Baumgartel,...

  • 42-102452

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Grenier 5/4/44; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-R] Snetterton 7/4/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Herb Moore, Co-pilot: Bill Giesse, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Stan Draginis, Radio Operator: Don...

  • 42-102454

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Gr Island 24/3/44; Dow Fd 5/4/44; Assigned 413BS/96BG [MZ-T] Snetterton 6/4/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 7/10/44 with George Anglen, Co-pilot: Pat Calvarese, Navigator: Carl Friedman, Bombardier: Lou Cerkas, Flight...

  • 42-102475

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/3/44; Hunter 9/4/44; Dow Fd 29/4/44; Assigned 338BS/96BG [BX- ] Snetterton 1/5/44; Missing in Action Karlsruhe 27/5/44 with Wilbur Brean, Navigator: Bob Egan, Bombardier: Bob Kleinder, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Albt Fancea...

  • 42-102480 Boots II

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Dow Fd 1/5/44; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-N] Snetterton 2/4/44; on training mission 23/4/44, with John Brotbeck, Co-pilot: Chas Irving, Navigator: Ed Montgomery, Bombardier: Owen Womak, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-102482

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/3/44; Gr Island 29/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-A] Snetterton 8/4/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Harry Eye, Co-pilot: Leland Baker, Ball turret gunner: Bill Latta[died of wounds in hospital] (3 Killed in...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2017 15:34:35 Lucy May Changes to aircraft associations
Sources

Connected aircraft records that have Snetterton in their biography fields.

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)

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