TM1375 : 490th Bomb Group memorial (detail)

taken 3 years ago, near to Brome, Suffolk, Great Britain

490th Bomb Group memorial (detail)
490th Bomb Group memorial (detail)
Over 100 attendees were present at the unveiling of the 490th Bombardment Group Memorial on 29 May 2016 and 92-year old veteran Si Spiegel, who flew 35 missions from the aerodrome, came all the way from New York. Airmen from the 48th Fighter Wing, part of the USAF's 3rd Air Force and based at RAF Lakenheath, also participated, dressed in authentic WW2 attire, forming a “ghost crew” in the background. Poppy blossoms were air- dropped over the site. The ceremony was the culmination of a two-year effort by a small group of local residents to create a permanent monument honouring the men of the 490th for their contributions during WW2. For a wider view of this location see > LinkExternal link.
RAF Eye (USAAF Station 134)
The aerodrome at Eye was one of the last wartime airfields to be built in Suffolk. It was opened on 1 May 1944 and used by the 490th Bombardment Group of the US Army Air Forces. The group formed part of the 8th Air Force's 3rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) and had the lowest loss rate of all the 8th USAAF bombardment groups.

In November 1945 the aerodrome was transferred to RAF Bomber Command and finally sold off by the Air Ministry during 1962/63. Over the years parts of the airfield including the former Technical site were developed into an industrial area. A handful of the original buildings have survived on the Technical site. The remaining land is once again mainly in agricultural use.

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Saturday, 4 June, 2016   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 4 June, 2016
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Historic sites and artefacts  Defence, Military 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TM 1396 7515 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:19.9616N 1:8.3319E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TM 1397 7514
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