The 458th Bomb Group in Norfolk, by Peter Bodle and Mike Bailey, subtitled 'A pictorial history of the USAAF's 458th Bombardment Group at Horsham St Faith during WWII'
Booklet published by Liberator, 60 pages. A5 size booklet (N4107P1)
The 458th Bomb Group were based at Horsham St Faith, on the northern outskirts of Norwich, during the Second World War. The Bomb group was part of the 2nd Air Division of the 8th Air Force, and arrived in Europe in January 1944, amassing around 240 missions before the end of the war. Because of their limited time in active service, their losses were light compared to other bomb groups.
Unlike other Bomb groups based in Norfolk during the war, the 458th were actually removed from active bombing missions for a period following the Allied invasion of Europe, in order to help reinforce fuel supplies to the newly liberated airfields in France. (Incidentaly, Horsham St Faith, the Norfolk airfield where the Bomb group were based is now the site of Norwich International Airport!)
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.
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