TM3294 : Cracking up

taken 11 years ago, near to Thwaite st Mary, Norfolk, Great Britain

Cracking up
Cracking up
Some of the American pilots based here made a record of the missions they flew by writing their destinations on the wall above their bunks, whereas others decorated the walls of their hut with murals. Many are now being preserved but the one depicted here is not one of them.
Seething Airfield :: TM3195

Built by John Laing & Sons in 1942/43 to the standard Class A requirement for heavy bombers, Seething airfield was initially known as RAF 258 Seething. After the arrival of the United States Army Air Forces Eighth Air Force 448th Bombardment Group (Heavy) it became USAAF Station 146.

After the last Americans had left in June/July 1945, the airfield was used for storing bombs and munitions. In 1947, part of the buildings on the Hospital site were converted into temporary dwellings and most of the land was returned to agriculture. The eastern section, including part of the main runway, is currently Seething Airfield, home to the Waveney Flying Group. The former Control tower has since been restored and now houses a memorial museum. The Seething Control Tower Museum is open on the first Sunday of the month from May to October. LinkExternal link.

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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
Thursday, 19 May, 2011   (more nearby)
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Monday, 23 June, 2014
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Historic sites and artefacts  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 32 94 [1000m precision]
WGS84: 52:29.9283N 1:25.4346E
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