TG2712 : "Sack Time"

taken 2 years ago, near to New Rackheath, Norfolk, Great Britain

"Sack Time"
"Sack Time"
"Sack Time" was a B-24H Liberator bomber aircraft with the registration number 42-94931. The number of bombs painted by a crew member beneath the aircraft's name indicate that it flew 15 missions before it came to grief.

"Sack Time" was transferred from the 445th Bombardment Group - based at RAF Tibenham > LinkExternal link - to RAF Rackheath in early May 1944 and assigned to 789 squadron. The aircraft flew combat missions from 23 May 1944 until 7 April 1945. Piloted by Lt Robert Winger, accompanied by Crew #31, "Sack Time" was on its way home from group mission #120 to Krümmel, Germany, when a German Me.109 from a Luftwaffe kamikaze unit attacked and deliberately flew into the aircraft. Despite being severely damaged, the pilot managed flying to Belgium where he landed safely. The wrecked aircraft was salvaged by 5 SAD on 9 April 1945.
RAF Rackheath (USAAF Station 145)
Rackheath aerodrome was built by John Laing & Son Ltd on the estate of Sir Edward Stracy of Rackheath Hall. Built to the specifications of a Class-A heavy bomber airfield it was used by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). The station opened in March 1944 and was designated USAAF Station 145. The station became the home of the 467th Bombardment Group (Heavy), the third group in the 96th Combat Wing, Second Bombardment Division (later Air Division) of the Eighth Air Force of the United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe (USSTAF). See also: LinkExternal link

WW2 USAAF graffiti and artwork
During WW2 the US Army Air Force (USAAF) occupied many of the aerodromes in East Anglia. In their spare time some of the servicemen decorated the walls of the buildings they lived and spent some time in with graffiti and murals. The 'noses' of many of their aircraft too were often embellished with paintings and, presumably to boost morale, bombing missions flown and downed enemy aircraft were recorded by either painting bombs or swastikas, often several rows of them, onto their aircraft. Others drew personal mission boards onto the walls of their barracks huts. Skillfully executed paintings depicting aircraft, semi-clad women, cartoon characters or landscape scenes have also been recorded. Some of this wartime artwork has been preserved in restored buildings and some has been extracted and is now on display in museums, but much remains in situ, often unrecorded, deteriorating in decades-old damp buildings and sadly, a lot has already been lost.
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Thursday, 9 June, 2016   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 9 June, 2016
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Defence, Military 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 27 12 [1000m precision]
WGS84: 52:39.7471N 1:21.7642E
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