A Sergeant with a smile and mail in Site No. 13 Earls Colne Airfield. He appears to be standing with building no. 496, Picket Post, behind his right shoulder. The Nissen huts adjacent to it appear to be building nos. 497 and 498, which were officers' quarters. Behind them with the angled, as opposed to curved roof, are the officers' latrine and ablutions buildings. Building no. 498 was most likely the Officers' Quarters of Lt. Leo Dale Rush - Bombardier, Lt. Charles H. Stirneman - Bombardier, Lt. Thomas Lemmon - Pilot, Lt. John Guldemond - Pilot, Lt. Walt Foster - Bombardier and Pfc. Burma, their puppy, who was one of Pfc. Gin Fizz's offspring. (See Brave Men, The Flying Wedge by Ernie Pyle re- Pfc. Gin Fizz.) In the distance in the right upper corner of the image, there appears to be tail sections of two B-26 Marauders, which would have been on the hardstands just northeast of the Brick House Farm. (See Earls Colne Record Site Plan - RAF Museum)
The 323rd Bombardment Group operated with B-26 Marauders, American medium bombers. They were the first Eighth Air Force Group to fly a medium level bombing mission with this aircraft on 16 July 1943. After flying a total of 33 missions with the Eighth,...
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Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier
Lt. Walt Foster was a navigator and bombardier from Upstate New York who served with the 456th BS during the Second World War. His first combat mission was flown from Earls Colne Airfield on February 3, 1944 to the Ruisseville "No Balls” secret weapon...
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Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier, B-26 Marauder
Dale Rush served with the 456th BS as a bombardier. He was killed on May 20, 1944 on a mission to Dieppe when "Ole 33 Gal" WT-A Serial No. 41-35033, flying in the Box II, Flight 3 lead position, took a direct hit of heavy flak that shattered the...
Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier - Navigator
Lt. Stirneman appears to have shared a Nissan hut with Lts. Leo Dale Rush, Walter E. Foster, John Guldemond, Lemmon, and Pfc. "Burma" in Quarters Area 13 at Earls Colne Airfield, England. Lt. Stirneman was born on 15 May 1921 and was killed in action...
Military site : airfield
Earls Colne was built in 1941 as an airfield for No.3 Group, RAF Bomber Command, although never used as such. Assigned to the US Eighth Air Force (as Station 358) in 1942, its 36 hardstands were increased to 50, bringing the airfield up to Air Ministry...
Military site : non-airfield
Marks Hall's estate was requisitioned in 1941 for the construction of Earls Colne airfield (USAAF Station 358).