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Sutton Bridge

Military site : airfield

Detailed history

Located immediately south of the A17 and nine miles west of Kings Lynn the airfield lay on the eastern side of the river Nene. Sutton Bridge's origins go back to the 1920's. Being close to the air to ground firing ranges on the Wash, the airfield was always associated with RAF gunnery training.
The USAAF's 1st Gunnery and Tow Target Flight were lodgers from May 10 1944 to 21 Nov 1944.
The airfield was abandoned in 1948 and no traces remain, save for a memorial near the east end of the bridge

The Military

English Heritage's record description

Not yet known

Service

Units

  • 1st Gunnery & Tow Target Flight

    1st Gunnery & Tow Target Flight

    Flight
    Activated on 1 February 1943 as 1st Provisional Gunnery Flight at Atcham as part of VIII Fighter Command's fighter training establishment. ...

People

  • Eugene Beason

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Gene Beason served as a fighter pilot with the 62nd Fighter Squadron of the 56th Fighter Group, flying missions out of Boxted, England. He flew a total of 65 missions and was credited with five victories. In January 1945, he was transferred to the 1st...

  • George Conley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 1 GTTF, 8AF USAAF.

  • Norman Crabtree

    Military | Captain
    Served as commanding officer of the 1st Gunnery and Tow Target Flight from December 1943- 7 August 1944. From 24 June- August 1944 Crabtree served with an RAF Typhoon Squadron in France.

  • William Crocker

    Military | Flight Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 1st Gunnery & Tow Target Flight, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Genheimer

    Military | Captain
    Served as Commanding Officer of the 1st Gunnery and Tow Target Flight from 9 November 1944- April 1945.

  • Roger Swain

    Military | Captain | Command Pilot, Commanding Officer | 100th Bomb Group
    Served as commanding officer of the 1st Gunnery and Tow Target Flight from 7 August 1944- 6 November 1944. ...

  • Rufus Ward

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    R.C. Ward learned to fly in the 1930's at Love Field, Dallas, Texas. Learned of the Clayton Knight Committee recruiting American pilots for the RAF in 1940 and first went to RCAF at Camp Borden Toronto as a pilot instructor. After 6 months there,...

  • Glenn Windell

    Military | First Lieutenant
    Served as acting commanding officer of the 1st Gunnery and Tow Target Flight from 27 June 1944- 7 August 1944, while Captain Norman Crabtree was serving with the RAF.

Aircraft

  • W3264

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire W3264 Mk Vb, Const #1730, Built at Eastleigh. ...

  • BL660

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BL660 Mk Va, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. Delivered to No 12 MU 16-5-42, assigned to 307S 1-10-42, ROS, assigned to HQ 8Ftr Command 21-10-42.

  • 41-6620 'Powers Girl'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 1 Gunnery Target Flight, 6th Fighter Wing 8AF. Transferred to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Killed in crash due to explosion Gerwyn Farm, Eynton Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt James...

  • 41-6203 'The Flying Ute / Windy'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 1GTTF, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2014 17:52:34 MikeO Changes to history
Sources

The Military Airfields of Britain, EAST MIDLANDS; Ken Delve; Crowood Press, 2008. The Mighty Eighth War Manual; Roger A Freeman

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2014 10:52:49 Emily Changes to latitude, longitude and history
Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutton_Bridge

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