The 44th Bomb Group in Norfolk, by Peter Bodle and Steven Adams, subtitled 'A pictorial history of the USAAF's 44th Bombardment Group at Shipdham during WWII'
Booklet published by Liberator, 60 pages. A5 size booklet (N4103P1)
The 44th Bomb Group were the wartime residents of Station 115, more commonly known today as Shipdham Airfield. The airfield was located a few miles outside Dereham, and upon their arrival the 44th were one of the first two Liberator equipped Bomb Groups to enter the war (and were therefore one of the longest serving groups in the USAAF 8th Air Force). They also carried out one of the most impressive lists of missions and regrettably had one of the longest lists of casualties too.
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. This is a 60 page booklet of original wartime photographs taken by airmen of the 44th 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