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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

  • 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. ...

  • 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

  • George Bachman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | B17 Engineer | 96th Bomb Group
    Parents: George and Pauline (Matthias) Bachman they were married in March 1911 ...

  • Thomas Badger

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 15 September 1943 in B-17 #4230493. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Walter Bailey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 11 April 1944 in B-17 #4231447 'Cookie. ' Plane crashed into Baltic. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Charles Baird

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Berlin in B-17 'Sitten Pretty' #446170. Crashed at Berlin on 3 Feb 45 in B-17 'Sitten Pretty' #446170. Took a direct flak hit over the target. The #2 engine caught fire and witnesses saw the B-17 go into a shallow dive.

  • Jack Barrett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Jack Barrett served as a flight engineer/top turret gunner with the 339th Bomb Squadron of the 96th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Snetterton Heath, England. He was shot down on 5 January 1944 in B-17 #423541 'Little Girls'. The aircraft ditched in...

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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

    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)

http://www.snetterton.co.uk/

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