The 3rd S.A.D & 25th Bomb Group in Norfolk, by Peter Bodle and Ken Godfrey, subtitled 'A pictorial history of the USAAF's 3rd and the 25th Bombardment Group at Watton during WWII'
Booklet published by Liberator, 60 pages. A5 size booklet (N4106P1)
The 25th Bomb Group were unique in several ways. Firstly they shared their Watton base with a heavy repair operation - the 3rd Strategic Air Depot (SAD). Secondly they were a three squadron bomb group, not four, as was the USAAF standard. And finally, in reality they were much more than a bomb group anyway - they had one squadron of heavy bombers, one of light bombers and one covering special operations.
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. The bulk of the airfields housed bomber squadrons or their fighter escort squadrons, but Watton was different. One half of the airfield was allocated to the 3£rd Strategic Air Depot for heavy maintenance and repair of B24's, and the other half housed the 25th Bomb group. This is a 60 page booklet of original wartime photographs taken by airmen of the 3rd SAD and 25th Bomb group between 19432 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