TM1972 : The Red Feather Club

taken 5 years ago, near to Denham Street, Suffolk, Great Britain

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The Red Feather Club
The Red Feather Club
The Red Feather Club is a restored former NCOs' (non commissioned officers') club dating from WW2 and located on RAF Horham's former Communal site 2. The complex of buildings now houses the 95th Bomb Group Museum. Depicted here are some of the murals in the former Smoking Room, now referred to as the Mural Room. The paintings were created by Staff Sgt Nathan Bindler who is also known to have decorated some of the group's aircraft.
RAF Horham (USAAF Station 119)

RAF Horham is located to the south-east of Eye and straddles the parishes of Denham, Horham, Redlingfield and Hoxne. Built for the Royal Air Force (RAF) it was one of the earliest heavy bomber bases opened in East Anglia. In 1942, the base was handed over to the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) and designated Station 119. The aerodrome's history and a number of original buildings are preserved at two local museums - the 95th Bomb Group Hospital Museum > LinkExternal link and the nearby 95th Bomb Group Museum > 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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Date Taken
Sunday, 28 June, 2015   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 28 June, 2015
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Historic sites and artefacts  Educational sites  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 1909 7295 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:18.6554N 1:12.7560E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TM 1908 7295
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