TG2712 : Barrack hut graffiti

taken 6 years ago, near to New Rackheath, Norfolk, Great Britain

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Barrack hut graffiti
Barrack hut graffiti
"The Gook", "Pauline" and "Sack Time" were Liberator bomber aircraft based at RAF Rackheath, which during WW2 flew missions against the enemy. On 5 August 1944 on Group Mission No.91, on a raid targeting a factory and the airfield at Braunschweig, Germany, "Perils of Pauline", a B-24H-25-FO Liberator #42-95162, sustained suspected flak damage, dropped out of formation and went into a spin. Only the pilot, 2 Lt David E Love, and the engineer, S/Sgt. John D Collins, managed to bail out; they were arrested and taken prisoners of war. The radio-operator fell out of the bomb-bay prior to bailing out; the bombardier was thought to have hit a propeller on trying to bail out through the nose; the co-pilot bailed out but slipped through his unfastened parachute. The following crew members went down with the aircraft and were killed on impact. They were: 2nd Lt Edward Z Coltey (co-pilot), 2nd Lt William R KRAMER (bombardier), S/Sgt Joseph J Klemas (ball-turret), S/Sgt James L Mott (gunner), S/Sgt John M Beseny (gunner), S/Sgt Bernard C Le Bar (tail-gunner) and S/Sgt John H O'Hara (radio-operator).
RAF Rackheath (USAAF Station 145)

Rackheath aerodrome was built by John Laing & Son Ltd on the estate of Sir Edward Stracy of Rackheath Hall. Built to the specifications of a Class-A heavy bomber airfield it was used by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). The station opened in March 1944 and was designated USAAF Station 145. The station became the home of the 467th Bombardment Group (Heavy), the third group in the 96th Combat Wing, Second Bombardment Division (later Air Division) of the Eighth Air Force of the United States Strategic Air Forces in Europe (USSTAF). 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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Thursday, 9 June, 2016   (more nearby)
Thursday, 9 June, 2016
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Defence, Military 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 27 12 [1000m precision]
WGS84: 52:39.7471N 1:21.7642E
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