TM3187 : RAF Bungay (USAAF Station 125) - Mural

taken 8 years ago, near to Flixton, Suffolk, Great Britain

RAF Bungay (USAAF Station 125) - Mural
RAF Bungay (USAAF Station 125) - Mural
This mural was found in a building on Site 6, now occupied by a mushroom farm. It was created by Sergeant George P Hutschenreuter, a 446th Bomb Group B-24 Liberator ground crew member based here from 1943 until 1945. When not playing cards he painted, in order to pass the time. He also created the nose art on several B-24 Liberators. When the old buildings were demolished to make room for the mushroom farm, this painting was saved by the owner, David Mann, who presented it to the Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum for display. It can be seen in the 446th Bomb Group museum hut > Link and is reproduced here by kind permission of the museum staff.
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.

See also: 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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Date Taken
Wednesday, 21 May, 2014   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 21 May, 2014
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Historic sites and artefacts  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 3109 8738 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:26.1305N 1:23.8949E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TM 3109 8737
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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