North Pickenham

Airfield
Aerial photograph of North Pickenham airfield looking south east, the technical site and control tower are at the top, 10 April 1944. Photograph taken by 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, sortie number US/7PH/GP/LOC267. English Heritage (USAAF Photography).

Object Number - US_7PH_GP_LOC267_V_5061 - Aerial photograph of North Pickenham airfield looking south east, the technical site and control tower are at the top, 10 April 1944. Photograph...

Built comparatively late during 1943-44 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, North Pickenham was rather cramped as an airfield site so the main runway was shorter than typical. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. This station was first occupied by the 'hard luck’ 492nd Bomb Group from May to August 1944, operating B-24s, which was withdrawn from combat after losing 51 aircraft to enemy action during 64 missions. It was replaced by the highly successful 491st Bomb Group, also equipped with B-24s, which remained at North Pickenham until August 1945. The station was then used for a variety of purposes by the RAF and USAFE from 1945 to 1965, most notably as a Douglas Thor IRBM site during 1958-63, and as a Hawker Siddeley P1127 Kestrel trials airfield during 1964-65. It has since reverted mostly to agriculture plus turkey farming, a wind farm and light industry.

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 491st Bomb Group 853rd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33502695
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 491st Bomb Group 852nd Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 38281424
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Flight engineer / Top turret
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 467th Bomb Group 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy) 859th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-702882
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 389th Bomb Group 466th Bomb Group 489th Bomb Group 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy) 785th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-690845
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 491st Bomb Group

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Y.M.C.A. The Flying Service
  • Unit: 392nd Bomb Group 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy) 577th Bomb Squadron 858th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: El Capitan
  • Unit: 392nd Bomb Group 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs 482nd Bomb Group 491st Bomb Group 578th Bomb Squadron 66th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Problem Child
  • Unit: 491st Bomb Group 853rd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy) 755th Bomb Squadron 856th Bomb Squadron 857th Bomb Squadron 858th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Niagara Special
  • Unit: 392nd Bomb Group 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy) 578th Bomb Squadron 857th Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date25 Aug 2016 15:26:00
ContributorWhite Knight
Sources

The 492nd and 491st Bomb Groups in Norfolk Peter Bodle, Liberator Publishing.

Date1 Apr 2016 02:22:08
ContributorCebby
Sources

Harold W. Burdekin Records

Date27 Sep 2014 18:02:17
ContributorAAM
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)

Owen Thetford, Aircraft of the Royal Air Force since 1918 (London, 1979)

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

http://www.abct.org.uk/airfields/north-pickenham
http://www.airfieldinformationexchange.org/community/showthread.php?246…

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