Rivenhall

Airfield
The operations board of the 397th Bomb Group, based at Rivenhall airfield, is updated by a crewman. The board shows the last three numbers of the squadrons' aircraft's serial numbers. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Operation Board, 397 BG; Last three serial; Rivenhall; (Image) Col. James Snow via K. Fisher.'

Object Number - FRE 9631 - The operations board of the 397th Bomb Group, based at Rivenhall airfield, is updated by a crewman. The board shows the last three numbers of the...

Originally allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a heavy bomber base, Rivenhall was built during 1943-44 but transferred to the Ninth Air Force before construction was complete. It had three concrete runways, 51 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The 363rd Fighter Group, equipped with P-51s, was the first to occupy the station from January to April 1944. The 397th Bomb Group, equipped with B-26s, then occupied the station until August 1944, after which it was handed over to the RAF's 38 Group, controlled from nearby Marks Hall.
Placed on Care and Maintenance in 1946, Rivenhall was used temporarily to house displaced Polish servicemen who did not wish to return to Poland. Marconi leased part of the airfield in 1956, taking over most of the surviving buildings during the 1960s, and the main runway was used by GEC for radar experiments. Today, the northern part of the site has been turned into a quarry, with most of the land in the northwest area being excavated. Most of the rest of the site has returned to agriculture, but several of the wartime buildings have been adapted for light industry.

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 363rd Fighter Group 381st Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18038508 at enlistment, then O-748527
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 397th Bomb Group 598th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11044116 / O-796950
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 397th Bomb Group 598th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32265914
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Armorer/Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 397th Bomb Group 597th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 11058151
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 397th Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Eastern Beast
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 785th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 363rd Fighter Group 381st Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Green Hornet
  • Unit: 363rd Fighter Group 382nd Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Patrice
  • Unit: 363rd Fighter Group 382nd Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 363rd Fighter Group 381st Fighter Squadron

Revisions

Date29 Dec 2016 16:54:17
ContributorSavvyGA
Sources

Added RAF 38 Group control.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:02:18
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)

Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Ninth Then and Now (London, 1994)

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

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

http://www.b26.com/page/rivenhall_airfield.htm

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