Wendling

Airfield
The Control Tower of the 392nd Bomb Group at Wendling. Handwritten caption on reverse: '392BG ex Burtner.' media-380468.jpg FRE 1670 The Control Tower of the 392nd Bomb Group at Wendling. Handwritten caption on reverse: '392BG ex Burtner.' This is probably Clair Burtner, ground crew at Wendling. Roger Freeman Collection

Link to Clair Burtner added following information supplied by Annette Tison of the 392nd BG Association

Object Number - FRE 1670 - The Control Tower of the 392nd Bomb Group at Wendling. Handwritten caption on reverse: '392BG ex Burtner.' This is probably Clair Burtner, ground...

RAF Wendling was home to the 392nd Bomb Group from 1943 to 1945. Built in 1942, it was originally planned to be an RAF Bomber Command airfield. Improvement and expansion works were carried out in 1942 and 1943 prior to the arrival of the 392nd and their B-24 Liberators. Wendling was handed back to the RAF in 1945, where it was used as a maintenance airfield, before eventually being sold off in 1964.



Read more about the history of Wendling here: http://www.b24.net/wendlingHistory.htm

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 392nd Bomb Group 578th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 392nd Bomb Group 577th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 392nd Bomb Group 578th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: communications Section, Radio
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 392nd Bomb Group 576th Bomb Squadron 579th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 392nd Bomb Group 578th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16052583
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Tail Gunner

Aircraft

A B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-23689) of the 392nd Bomb Group used as a flight assembly ship. Handwritten caption on reverse: '1027/RF. 392BG assembly ship.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Minerva
  • Unit: 392nd Bomb Group 576th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 392nd Bomb Group 576th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 392nd Bomb Group 578th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Hell's Wagon
  • Unit: 392nd Bomb Group 576th Bomb Squadron
A B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-28700) nicknamed "The YMCA Flying Service" of the 392nd Bomb Group. Image stamped on reverse: 'Current Affairs Ltd.' [stamp], 'Issued on behalf on National YMCA's.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 20 Nov 1944.' [stamp] and '372928.'[Censor no] Printed caption on reverse: 'Their Way Of Saying Thank You:- For twelve months, through snow and slush, in wet and fine weather, American airmen at a bleak aerodrome in East Anglia have been cheered by regular visits of a YMCA tea
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Y.M.C.A. The Flying Service
  • Unit: 392nd Bomb Group 492nd Bomb Group 577th Bomb Squadron 858th Bomb Squadron

Related videos and documents

  • Media Type: Video
  • Collection Name: Rob Edwards collection
  • Object Number: UPL 27946
  • Description: Memorials to the Mighty Eighth: Wendling, Station 118 Recent videos and photos of the memorials to the Mighty Eighth USAAF based at Wendling 1943-1945...
  • Media Type: Document
  • Collection Name: The Eighth in the East
  • Object Number: Document 17727
  • Description: Official Air Ministry Record Site Plan-Airfield Site 1944. Wendling.
  • Media Type: Document
  • Collection Name: Rob Edwards collection
  • Object Number: Document 25820
  • Description: 2nd Bombardment Wing Substitution Unit (precursor of USAAF 2nd Air Division) was formed in Old Catton (see above). The HQ then moved to Horsham St...

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Sources

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

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