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Snettisham

Military site : non-airfield

Sometime after late summer in 1943 an RAF Gunnery Range was taken over to provide gunnery training for B-17 crews close to where they would be deployed at East Anglian airfields.

At some point the site became a Prisoner of War Camp and was possibly still occupied with German POWs up to 1948.

Although some evidence has been lost due to costal erosion, the fact that the land is now occupied by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds nature reserve has meant that many of the concrete installations, brick buildings, firing ranges and protective banks are still intact.

Detailed history

Not yet known

English Heritage's record description

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Service

People

  • John Daly

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)

  • William Evans

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    On 11 April 1944 plane 'Tenny Belle' exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England and he was the only survivor.

  • Frank Hearne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Plane exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England.

  • Joseph Jennings

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier; Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Joe Jennings served as a bombardier and navigator with the 525th Bomb Squadron of the 379th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Kimbolton, England. While Joe is at Alconbury receiving Radar training, he learns about the crash of April 11 that kills John...

  • Robert Koerber

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Sorau Germany mission 11 April 1944 'Tenny Belle' exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England. Navigator William Evans survived.

  • Adriel Langendoerfer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Plane exploded in mid-air near Downham Market, England with only one survivor

  • John MacCallum

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Plane exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England.

  • Howard Polizzo

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner / Armorer | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Plane exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England ...

  • Andrew Tolmachoff

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Andrew Tolmachoff was the youngest of eleven children born to Russian immigrant parents. After graduating from high school he had aspirations to be a major league baseball pitcher but the bombing of Pearl Harbor ended that dream. After enlisting...

  • Harvey Tuber

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). Plane exploded mid-air near Downham Market, England, navigator survived.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 March 2018 16:50:17 TennyBelle Changes to person associations
Sources

based upon data uploaded to Joseph W Jennings profile

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

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Office of History, Headquarters Third Air Force, United States Air Forces in Europe; Installations and USAAF Combat Units in the United Kingdom 1942-1945, Revised and Expanded Edition (February1967, Revised October 1980).
http://forum.armyairforces.com/1-CCGS-Snettisham-Site-report-m180497.aspx
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/publications/prisoner-of-war-camps/pr...
http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1475282&sort=4&search=all&cr... Gunnery&rational=q&recordsperpage=10

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