TM3186 : RAF Bungay (USAAF Station 125) - Memorial stone

taken 5 years ago, near to Flixton, Suffolk, Great Britain

RAF Bungay (USAAF Station 125) - Memorial stone
RAF Bungay (USAAF Station 125) - Memorial stone
This memorial to the United States Army Air Force 446th Bomb Group (H) Station 125 stands beside Abbey Road, near the main gate onto the airfield and just across the field from the former Headquarters/Admin site. The black granite memorial stone in the shape of a B-24 Liberator tail depicts the 466th BG badges, details of operations and personnel. It was erected in a small garden of remembrance in September 2003.

The text says:

November 1943 to June 1945

273 Combat Missions, over 6,000 Personnel Served, 456 Killed in Action, 66 Aircraft lost. This Group led the 8th Air Force on the first Mission of 'D-Day' 6th June 1944.

Support Units: Detachment 'A' 1248th M.P. CO. (AVN) - 460th Sub-Depot Class 1 - 212th Finance Section - 558th Army Postal Unit - 559th Army Postal Unit - 2967th Finance Detachment - 2035th Engineer Aviation Fire Fighting Platoon - Group HQ and HQ Squadron - 260th Medical Dispensary AVN (RS) - Detachment 'A' 885th Chemical Company - 25th Station Complement Squadron (SP) - 639th Material Squadron - 214th QM Company Service Group AVN (RS) - 378th Air Service Group - 1821st Ordnance Supply & Maintenance Company (AVN) - 815th Air Engineering Squadron

REMEMBER THEM

The air crews of the 446 Bomb Group may never have thought of themselves as "Young Eagles" when they took off on their missions, but they were! These young men, along with maintenance crews and other support personnel, many in their teen years, had eagerly answered their country's call, doing what they believed they had to do. The courage, stamina and honor (sic) displayed by these men can never be fully described. They carried the fight for freedom through the deadly skies over France, Germany, Belgium and Austria. They also brought their charm and enthusiasm for life to the inhabitants of East Anglia. Generous and outgoing they in a short time won the friendship of the English people among the many airbases and became affectionately known as the "Bungay Buckeroos" at Flixtondrome.

In the words of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America
... "The world will little note or remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here."
RAF Bungay (USAAF Station 125)
Bungay airfield was constructed by Kirk & Kirk Ltd in 1942, with a main runway of 1.8 kilometres in length and two intersecting shorter secondary runways. The technical, administrative and domestic buildings were located around the edge of the airfield, mainly in the west, in order to lessen the impact of enemy attacks.

The airfield was used by the Twelfth Air Force 428th Bombardment Squadron, 310th Bombardment Group (Medium); followed by the 329th Bombardment Squadron, 93d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and later by four squadrons of the Eighth Air Force 446th Bombardment Group (Heavy).

After the war it was handed over to the Royal Navy, and later came under civilian use before the runways and tracks were broken up for aggregate in the 1980s.

One of the eight Communal sites (Site 4) has survived in the grounds of Grange Farm complete and in good condition and whereas some of the Headquarters buildings on Site 2 have long since been dismantled, at least some others are still in place.

Please note that all these buildings are situated on private land and can be accessed only by the owner's permission. My grateful thanks go to Mr L.A. Hinsley for allowing access onto his land at the Grange, and to Mr A.R. Hinsley for giving permission to photograph the Admin site buildings on his farm.

Information about the airfield, complemented by exhibits, can be found at the Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum which is only a short distance away from the airfield.

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Monday, 19 May, 2014   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 20 May, 2014
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OSGB36: geotagged! TM 3195 8632 [10m precision]
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