TM1880 : USAAF Headquarters site, Upper Billingford

taken 9 years ago, near to Upper Street, Norfolk, Great Britain

USAAF Headquarters site, Upper Billingford
USAAF Headquarters site, Upper Billingford
This is the location of the M&E plinth, sheltered by brick walls surrounding the transformer and a blast wall protecting the entrance. M & E plinths were made of brick to a height of about 1.60 metres and housed the Mechanical and Electrical transformer and switchgear used to keep the electricity supply at a constant voltage. As junction boxes they received in a mains electricity supply and distributed it though a number of outlets to buildings on the site.

Nothing much has survived here. During the war, RAF Thorpe Abbotts (USAAF station 139) was home to airmen of the 100th Bomb Group. There used to be some seventy such sites spread across East Anglia, which for two years during World War II had become launch pads for USAAF's bombing raids into occupied Europe. Each airfield was home to 2000-3000 airmen, most of them volunteers. These sites became known as 'The Fields of Little America' - this is one of them. The 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum, dedicated to the USAAF's famous 'Bloody Hundredth' Bomb Group of WWII, is housed in the original airfield control tower > Link near Thorpe Abbotts: LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link )

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Saturday, 2 April, 2011   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 2 April, 2011
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Airfield building   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 182 804 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:22.6992N 1:12.2825E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TM 182 804
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