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B-17 Flying Fortresses high over Eye airfield 1944 (© 490th BG, USAAF, via Eric Swain)
RAF Eye airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture
Tower Type:
Watch Office for all Commands 12779/41 front windows reduced to medium size 343/43, rooftop observation room added late 1944
Tower:
Demolished
Other Buildings:
None
History:
04/44 to 08/45, 848th, 849th, 850th and 851st Bombardment Squadrons of the 490th Bombardment Group (Heavy) from the USA with B-24 Liberators. 08/44 490th Bomb Group converted to the B-17 Flying Fortress. Flew 158 missions losing 22 aircraft, the lowest loss rate of all the 8th USAAF Bomb Groups, returned to the USA.
11/45, airfield transferred to RAF Bomber Command until sold in 1962.
RAF Eye airfield - 490th BG -
1944 (© 490th Bomb Group, USAAF)
RAF Eye airfield - 490th Bomb Group -
17/07/1944 (© 490th Bomb Group, USAAF, via Susan Shuler Pena)
RAF Eye airfield - 490th Bombardment Group (H) -
Airfield:
Operational bomber
Opened:
/1944
Closed:
/1945
Code:
EY
USAAF Station:
134
Runways:
3x - concrete, screeded finish
Hangars:
2x - T2
County:
Suffolk
Location:
11 miles NE of Stowmarket
OS Ref:
TM130750
©:
All photographs and artwork copyright © as stated
RAF Eye - 490th Bomb Group -
1945 (© 490th Bomb Group, USAAF via Eric Swain)
Top floor of the control tower at Eye 1945 (© 490th Bomb Group, USAAF via Simon Dunham)
RAF Eye airfield - 490th Bomb Group (H) -
(above) Runway controllers caravan (below) Jeep 1944-45
(© 490th Bomb Group, USAAF, via Eric Swain)
RAF Eye airfield - 490th Bomb Group (H) -
B-17 Flying Fortress at Eye 1944-45 (© 490th BG, USAAF, via Eric Swain)
RAF Eye airfield - 490th Bomb Group -
Wars end for the 490th Bomb Group 12/05/1945 (© 490th BG, USAAF via Eric Swain)
RAF Eye airfield - 490th Bombardment Group (H) -
July 1945 (© 490th Bomb Group, USAAF via Eric Swain)
1945 (© 490th Bomb Group, USAAF via Eric Swain)
RAF Eye airfield - 490th Bombardment Group (Heavy) -
RAF Eye airfield, 490th BG, control tower 490th BG = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2006 - Eye - 490th Bomb Group -