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Built in 1942-1943, Mendlesham's first flying unit was the RAF's No. 310 Squadron - a Czechoslovakian unit. The airfield then became home to the USAAF 34th Bomb Group. This unit flew missions from Mendlesham in B-24s and B-17s.

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  • Leean Adkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew chief | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 18BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Alfred Allega

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew chief | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 391BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Altamore

    Military | Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Joseph Altamore served with the 34th Bomb Group as a bombardier. He was shot down on 24 August 1944 in B-24 #4294780, nicknamed 'Smitty'. He was Killed in Action (KIA). AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ PH

  • Manuel Alvarez

    Military | Sergeant | Aircraft Instrument Specialist | 34th Bomb Group

  • Milton Andersen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot B-17G | 34th Bomb Group
    Not yet 19, Milton Andersen enlisted in the Air Corps in June 1942. He trained as a bomber pilot and was sent overseas, assigned to the 34th Bomb Group / 4th Bomb Squadron in England. After flying with the 4th Squadron on 3 missions on B-24 Liberators...

  • Paul Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Mechanic | 34th Bomb Group
    Trained as radio op/gunner but retained as radio tech. Assigned to 7th Sqd. 34th BG H in Blyth CA, then sent to England spring of '44 with group. ...

  • Andrew Anselmini

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Flew 32 missions. AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Chester Antkowiak

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew chief | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 4BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Paul Arthaud

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 391BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. Eastman crew. Failed to Return Tourre in B-24 42-52738 'Wilson' 7-Jun-44; enemy fighter followed A/C back to home base, shot down in landing circuit. Killed in Action (KIA) Awards: AM, PH.

  • Robert Baer

    Military | Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Completed 34 missions in B-17's. Flew with Perry and Steman crews.

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  • 41-28838 Misery Agent / Tommy Thumper

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator 41-28838 was originally assigned to the 486th Bomb Group and nicknamed "Tommy Thumper". The aircraft flew 7 missions with the 486th Bomb Group from 8 May 1944, before being transferred to the 34th Bomb Group and being renamed "Misery...

  • 41-29572 'Scotty'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 18BS, 34BG, 8AF USAAF. 5 x combat missions. Returning from Tourres, A/C shot down by intruder, Ju88 7-Jun-44. 7 x RTD, 3 x KIA. MACR 6725

  • 42-102523 Mission Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/3/44; Kearney 27/3/44; Dow Fd 7/4/44; Assigned 333BS/94BG [TS-H] Rougham 8/4/44; 331BS [QE-H]; transferred 34BG Mendlesham 5/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 21/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 23/6/45; Reconstruction...

  • 42-30120 'Patches'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14/4/43; Smoky Hill 25/4/43; Tinker 23/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 91BG Bassingbourn 15/6/43; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-D] Horham 16/6/43; 16/7/43 with Louis Reno force landed RAF Chedburgh; slight mid-air collision with 42-30601 ...

  • 42-31237 Alexander's Ragtime Band

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/10/43; Grand Island 16/10/43; Wilmington 19/10/43; Assigned 551BS/385BG [HR-O] Gt Ashfield 26/10/43; battle damaged Pas de Calais 1/5/44 with Russell Novotny(& crew from 452BG), Co-pilot: Fred Hageter (2 Returned to Duty),...

  • 42-37792

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 29/8/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-B] Grafton Underwood 2/11/43; transferred 836BS/487BG Lavenham 16/7/44; transferred 34BG Mendlesham; retUS Bradley 24/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 12/9/45; Reconstruction Finance...

  • 42-94780

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-97268 Million Dollar Baby

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Accepted 12/2/44; Delivered Cheyenne 18/2/44; Dalhart AAF 1/3/44; Grenier Fd 2/4/44; Assigned 410BS/94BG [GL-Z] Rougham 22/4/44; Ret US Bradley 4/8/45; 4185 BU Independence 30/11/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 42-97469 Busy Baby

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/11/43; Wendover 8/12/43; Assigned 401BG Deenethorpe 26/2/44; 457BG Glatton 12/3/44; 527BS/379BG [FO-I] Kimbolton 18/3/44; transferred to RAF Binbrook 12/44 and declared war weary 11/1/45; 34BG Mendlesham /45; 1 Base Air Depot,...

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Date Contributor Update
19 September 2020 02:50:04 34thBombGroupH B-17Tailgunner41-45 Changes to person associations

American Air Museum in Britain:

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2017 14:45:57 Lucy May Changes to media associations

Added associations to photos where Medlesham was spelt 'Mendelsham'.

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2016 22:01:04 Scott 34th7th Changes to known as, usaaf from date, usaaf to date, construction date and closure date

Wikipedia contributors, "RAF Mendlesham," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed May 12, 2016).

Date Contributor Update
30 March 2016 16:51:20 Lucy May Changes to aircraft associations

Added aircraft based at Mendlesham.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:17 AAM AAM ingest

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) /