The 389th Bomb Group in Norfolk, by Peter Bodle and Paul Wilson, subtitled 'A pictorial history of the USAAF's 389th Bombardment Group at Hethel during WWII'
Booklet published by Liberator, 60 pages. A5 size booklet (N4104P1)
The 389th Bomb Group were based at Hethel, around ten miles south of Norwich, during the Second World War, and from it’s arrival in June 1943, the Bomb Group contributed heavily to the work of the 2nd Air Division (As such it received more than it’s fair share of famous and important visitors, many of which were caught on camera and included in this book).
This booklet is one of a series from the publishers detailing the life and times of American servicemen who were part of the United States Air Force stationed in Norfolk during the Second World War. Each booklet is packed full with photographs, and most of these photo's were taken by serving airmen with their own cameras. Some of the photographs were official, some were semi-official and many were very much un-official, and together each booklet provides a fascinating insight into the airfields, men and planes during the war. Each booklet is printed on high quality glossy paper, with a full colour card cover, and the rear side cover depicts some of the colourful jacket patches of the various operational squadrons.
From the rear side cover: During WWII the American USAAF bomber forces were concentrated in East Anglia. Norfolk and Suffolk housed the majority of American bases, though Cambridgeshire and Essex also attracted their fair share of airfields that were turned over to the stars and stripes. Generally the Americans bombed during the hours of daylight and the RAF bombed during the night. The crews of the 389th were initially known as the 'Sky Scorpions', but their logo very soon became the 'Green Dragon' - adopted by the crews from the name of a local pub in nearby Wymondham. This is a 60 page booklet of original wartime photographs taken by airmen of the 389th Bomb group between 1942 and 1945
Condition of the booklet is generally excellent.
The covers are clean and bright, the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. The booklet curves gently at the edges from where it has been stored flat on the shelves