Horham

Airfield
A bomber crew of the 95th Bomb Group outside a Nissen hut briefing room at Horham, August 1944. Image via Albert Keeler, 95th Bomb Group. Written on slide casing: '"B" Briefing room, 95th Bomb Group (H) Horham, England "Full House" crew.'

Object Number - FRE 5858 - A bomber crew of the 95th Bomb Group outside a Nissen hut briefing room at Horham, August 1944. Image via Albert Keeler, 95th Bomb Group. Written on...

Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group. The 323rd transferred to Earls Colne in June1943, and Horham instead became the final UK base of the 95th Bomb Group, who flew B-17 missions from the airfield until the end of the war in Europe. RAF Maintenance Command took over the airfield in 1945, and the base remained in RAF hands until sold off in the early 1960s.

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English Heritage's Record Description

An airfield situated near Horham was taken over by the 95th Bomb Group in June 1943. In 1945 the Group retuned to the USA and the station returned to the RAF and was used as a satellite site for No.25 and No.262 Maintenance Units.
The site closed in October 1948 and was later used to defend the East Anglian V-bomber bases. The site was sold in the 1960s to a private owner.

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17097530
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 6575918
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12170026
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade)
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33093733
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33070682 / O-2026730
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Black Diamond Express
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few 95th Bomb Group 326th Bomb Squadron 359th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 336th Bomb Squadron
An airman of the 95th Bomb Group with a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-102447) nicknamed "El's Belles". First handwritten caption on reverse: 'F/L on last of 365's bases in Belgium other side "Angels Sister" [name struck-out and annotated 'No'] 365 FG C Johnson/icm/75' Second handwritten caption on reverse: 'BG-A 95 BG.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: El's Belles
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Paisano
  • Unit: 95th Bomb Group 96th Bomb Group 335th Bomb Squadron 336th Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date7 Jul 2021 08:47:26
ContributorLucy May
Sources

Connected up aircraft records with 'Horham' in their description or events fields.

Date3 Sep 2019 13:31:36
ContributorEmily
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Historic England National Monument Record TM 27 SW 34

Date2 Nov 2016 11:30:59
ContributorLucy May
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Connected aircraft records that have Horham in their biography fields.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:02:16
ContributorAAM
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978).

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