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1944 - Home of Crew #16, Seething Airfield, Norfolk, England
448th BG, 712th BS, Crew #16.



  • 2nd Air Division

    2nd Air Division

    In December 1944, the 2nd Bomb Division was redesginated the 2nd Air Division.

  • 20th Combat Bomb Wing

    20th Combat Bomb Wing

    Prewar bombardment wing in the northwest. Moved to England, May–June 1943, for duty with Eighth Air Force. Received its first groups in November 1943 and served in combat in the European theater from December 1943 until April 1945. Returned to the US...

  • 448th Bomb Group

    448th Bomb Group

    The 448th Bombardment Group was organized on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May 1943 at Gowen Field, near Boise, Idaho. The initial training of the air crews took place in Florida. The entire group was assembled Wendover Field, Utah. Both air and...

  • 712th Bomb Squadron


  • Robert Cook

    Military | Sergeant | Gunner
    On 5 Jan 1944 B-24H #42-64451. Upon landing in poor visibility and ice on runway, A/C ran off runway and crashed.

  • Billy Espich

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    8th Air Force, 2nd Air Division, 20th Combat Wing, 448th BG, 712th BS ...

  • Edwin Pixley

    Military | Sergeant | Airplane Armorer-Gunner, Gunner
    Edwin transferred from Crew #17 to Crew #16 to replace gunners who while on an operational mission to Cherbourg, FR on 21 Jan 1944 in B-24H #41-29208 a target marker went off in the a/c forcing four gunners to bail out and become prisoners of War (POW).

  • Edmond Rock

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner, Radio Operator-Mechanic-Gunner

  • Clarence Stark

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner, First Engineer


  • Seething

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Seething had three concrete runways, 51 hardstandings of both loop and 'frying-pan’ types, and two T2 hangars, one on each side of the airfield. It was home to the 448th Bomb Group, equipped with...


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03 March 2021 19:33:41 dwk1927 Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

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