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Military site : airfield

Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group. The 323rd transferred to Earls Colne in June1943, and Horham instead became the final UK base of the 95th Bomb Group, who flew B-17 missions from the airfield until the end of the war in Europe. RAF Maintenance Command took over the airfield in 1945, and the base remained in RAF hands until sold off in the early 1960s.

Detailed history

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English Heritage's record description

An airfield situated near Horham was taken over by the 95th Bomb Group in June 1943. In 1945 the Group retuned to the USA and the station returned to the RAF and was used as a satellite site for No.25 and No.262 Maintenance Units.
The site closed in October 1948 and was later used to defend the East Anglian V-bomber bases. The site was sold in the 1960s to a private owner.




  • Jack Abadie

    Military | Major | Bombardier, Nose Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed at Sommerda on 10-Jul-44 in B-17 42-107050 'Tornado Jr', Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Paul Abrahamson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt in B-17 42-30181 'Herky Jerky II' 24-Jan-44; shot down by fighters, Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2258 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Vincent Aiello

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-31785 'Slightly Dangerous II' 4-Mar-44; shot down by fighters after losing an engine and falling behind and crashed NE of Stendal, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2797 ...

  • Roscoe Alderman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    WIA 26 July 1943 on board B-17 #42-30274. Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-30274 'Our Bay-Bee', Prisoner of War (POW). See the Baker crew page at

  • Kenneth Allen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Curtis Mozley crew. 33 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Russell Allman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Damaged by fighter attacks on the return from a mission to Klein Machow, Berlin on 6 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-31299 'Junior' maintained formation until finally crashing NW of Beilen, Holland after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Arnwald Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Arnwald Warren Anderson enlisted into the service on August 14, 1942 at Des Moines, Iowa. He served his country during World War II in the Army Air Corps, completing 35 combat missions as a B-17 tail gunner in the 336th Bomb Squadron of the 95th Bomb...

  • Claude Anderson

    Military | Lieutenant | Command Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    95th Bomb Group, 412th Bomb Squadron April 44 to September 44, 35 missions with the Roy Gielen crew and then with the Lyle Scott crew. Returned to the states to train new crews, then went inactive while he returned to college and later medical school....

  • Jack Anderson

    Military | Corporal | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group

  • William Andert

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. Donovan Helgeson crew, ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

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  • 42-97194 Good Pickin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 5/2/44; Kearney 24/2/44; Presque Is 11/3/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-O] Horham 11/3/44; with G.M. Jackman force landed B-53 Merville, Belg., 10/5/45; with Lt Henderson force landed A-70 Laon, France 20/5/45; 114m Returned to the USA...

  • 41-24416 'Black Diamond Express'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 326BS/92BG Bangor 16/7/42; 95BG Horham /43; 359BS/303BG [BN-V] Molesworth, 17/6/43; Returned to the USA Sheppard 5/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 26/10/45. BLACK DIAMOND EXPRESS.

  • 41-9013

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 341BS/97BG 3/42; courier trip to N.Africa 18/12/42; transferred 327BS/92BG (UX-V) Bovingdon 27/8/43; 482BG Alconbury 27/8/43; 95BG Horham as tow target & hack; 94BG Rougham 10/11/43; Returned to the USA 4136 BU Tinker 22/5/44; Recl Comp 9/2/45.

  • 42-102427

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/3/44. Kearney 25/3/44. Grenier 2/4/44. Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-C] Horham 7/4/44 Battle damaged Mainz 9/10/44 with Taylor; force landed France, 9RTD. Salvaged 14/11/44.

  • 42-102447 'El's Belles'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-A] Horham 6/4/44; with L.J. Price, force landed 4/8/44 sal; with M.S. Roy force landed Framlingham AFB 25/12/44; with H. Rivet force landed France 20/2/45; with J.E....

  • 42-102450 'Paisano'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Kearney 22/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 96BG Snetterton 7/4/44; transferred 336BS/95BG Horham 8/4/44; with W. G. Helm force landed A-71 Clastres, France 29/12/44; 85m, Missing in Action Chemnitz 3/3/45 with Bob Duncan, Co...

  • 42-102455 'Lucky Lady' 'Screaming Eagle'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 4/3/44; Gt Falls 6/3/44; Cheyenne 4/4/44; Hunter 18/4/44; Grenier 5/5/44; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-Z] Horham 8/5/44 LUCKY LADY; with H.E. Hansen force landed B-58 Melsbroek, Bel 6/2/45; with G.T. Purdy force landed A-96 Toul-Ochey,...

  • 42-102505

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/3/44; Billings 16/3/43; Gr Island 29/3/44; Grenier 1/4/44; slated 398BG, Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-A] Horham 8/4/44; 21m, transferred 571BS/390BG [FC-X] Framlingham 1/6/44 ODD BALL; Waist gunner: Bob Kincaid (Killed in Action) on...

  • 42-102560 'The Thomper'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/3/44; Gr Island 1/4/44; Dow Fd 8/4/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-X] Horham 11/4/44; 62m, Missing in Action Merseburg 30/11/44 with Chas Wicker, Co-pilot: Alf Rivas, Navigator: Fred Johnson, Bombardier: Warren Briggs, Radio Operator:...

  • 42-102667 'Yankee Wine'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/3/44; Hunter 16/4/44; Grenier 28/4/44; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-C] Horham 3/5/44; 4m, transferred 351BS/100BG [EP-J] Thorpe Abbotts 8/6/44; Missing in Action Merseburg 29/7/44 with Bob Schomp, Co-pilot: Henry Preher, Navigator: Bob...

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Date Contributor Update
07 July 2021 08:47:26 Lucy May Changes to aircraft associations

Connected up aircraft records with 'Horham' in their description or events fields.

Date Contributor Update
03 September 2019 13:31:36 Emily Changes to english heritage description

Historic England National Monument Record TM 27 SW 34

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2016 11:30:59 Lucy May Changes to aircraft associations

Connected aircraft records that have Horham in their biography fields.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:16 AAM AAM ingest

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