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Robert L Astrella


Staff Sergeant Robert Astrella was a keen photographer, he photographed the aircraft that visited Mount Farm, and like many airmen he used his leave to travel to historic sites around Britain. His colour photographs are a rich record of Britain at war – through his lens the airfields bustle with aircraft and activity, the thatched cottages appear sleepy and pubs busy with American uniforms. In 1998 he donated some of his impressive photographic record of the war to the Imperial War Museum and Roger Freeman. Astrella died 12 July 2007.

Good Conduct Medal/ Presidential Unit Citation/ Croix de Guerre w/ Palm & 6 Battle Stars


Units served with


  • MM345

    MM345 was Hatfield built and delivered by 4 May 1944 and was damaged on 8 Sept 1944 at USAAF station 376, RAF Watton in a landing accident whilst being piloted by 1st Lt Robert C Grimes USAAF. ...

  • 41-4604

    UC-61 Forwarder

Associated Place

  • Mount Farm

    Military site : airfield
    Originally a grass airfield satellite for the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at nearby RAF Benson, Mount Farm was built in 1940-1941. It had three concrete runways, 49 dispersals (24 concrete pan type plus 25 PSP squares), and eight blister...


Event Location Date
Born Boston, Massachusetts 17 September 1921
Died 12 July 2007


Date Contributor Update
18 March 2015 10:05:52 Emily Changes to media associations

Associated images from the Freeman Collection taken by Robert Astrella

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2014 14:43:40 Emily Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations and media associations

Updated bio and Associated images
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:41 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self