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Shipdham Airfield Museum

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Shipdham Flying Club is a group of flyers and friends who operate at Shipdham Airfield.
The club was formed in early 2000 to re-open Shipdham airfield.

The airfield was the wartime base of the 44th Bombardment Group, known as the Flying Eight Balls. It now hosts their museum. The airfield and museum receive visits from the families of wartime veterans and anyone else interested in the history of the airfield. Please call the Club Secretary for details.

See website for more details:



  • Henry Chiba

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator B24 | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Henry T Chiba. June 1921-Nov 1991. ...

  • Arthur Dittmer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Joined Sqd 7/28/44. Killed in Action. 8/24/44 (Langenhagen), shot by the Gestapo. Shot down by flak and crashed at Stetterdorf in B-24 "Lone Ranger" 44-40098.

  • John Norton

    Military | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Donald O'Reilly

    Military | Private First Class | Military Policeman | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Don was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and enlisted after Pearl Harbour. Based at Chelveston, Shipdham and then at Metfield with 491st BG he served from 1942-45 with the Military Police. “I feel blessed that they allowed me to join,” he says. “I think I...



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