Gosfield

Airfield
B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 381st Bomb Group fly in formation during a practice mission. The aircraft, left to right are: (VE-O, serial number 41-107112) nicknamed "Sleepy Time Gal", (VE-N, serial number 43-37675) nicknamed "Patches (Flak Magnet)", (VE-K, serial number 42-106994) nicknamed "Little Guy" and (VP-S, serial number 42-97059) nicknamed "Marsha Sue". Image via Ian MacTaggart.

Object Number - FRE 1275 - B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 381st Bomb Group fly in formation during a practice mission. The aircraft, left to right are: (VE-O, serial number...

First used as an airfield during the First World War, when known as Royal Flying Corps/RAF Sible Hedingham, it was built as Gosfield for the Eighth Air Force and then Ninth Air Force in 1942-43. Home to first the 365th Fighter Group, then the 397th Bomb Group 1944 and 410th Bomb Group, it was handed back to the RAF in 1945. The airfield was closed and mostly returned to agriculture in the late 1940s and early 1950s. It was also used as a car test track 1968-87, and for light engineering and plant hire from the 1990s to date.

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group 387th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18086673 / O-?
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group 388th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18181001
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Aircraft Crew Chief
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group 4th Fighter Group 335th Fighter Squadron 388th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-671485
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group 386th Fighter Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group 388th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17154991
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade)
  • Role/Job: Aircraft Armorer

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: A-20 Havoc
  • Nicknames: Maxine IV
  • Unit: 410th Bomb Group 646th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Nicknames: Marnie
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group 388th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Nicknames: Sweet Sue
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group 387th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 486th Bomb Group 833rd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Nicknames: Clabber Girl
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group 387th Fighter Squadron

Revisions

Date27 Sep 2014 18:02:16
ContributorAAM
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Ninth Then and Now (London, 1994)

Roger Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Manual (London, 2001)

Michael Bowyer, Action Stations 1: Wartime Military Airfields of East Anglia 1939-1945 (Cambridge, 1979)

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