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1943 (© 96th Bomb Group, USAAF)
Snetterton Heath airfield
Airfield Today:
Motor racing circuit
Tower Type:
Watch Office for All Commands 12779/41 with small front windows to 15371/41, rooftop control room added later by the USAAF
Tower:
Demolished 1945
Other Buildings:
Very few
History:
06/43, 552nd, 553rd, 554th and 555th Bombardment Squadrons of the 386th Bombardment Group (Medium) 'The Crusaders' with B-26 Marauders, moved to Boxted.
06/43 to 12/45, 337th, 338th, 339th and 413th Bombardment Squadrons of the 96th Bomb Group (Heavy) equipped with the B-17 Flying Fortress moved here from Andrews Field. Flew 321 missions with the loss of 189 aircraft in action along with another 50 lost in accidents. Lead group on many missions including the Schweinfurt raid 14/10/43.
12/45 to 11/48, 262 MU, sold off 1952.
RAF Snetterton Heath - 386th Bomb Group - 96th Bomb Group -
1945 (© Geoff Ward)
RAF Snetterton Heath - 386th Bomb Group - 96th Bomb Group -
Airfield:
Operational Bomber
Opened:
05/43
Closed:
11/48
ID Code:
SN
USAAF Station:
138
Runways:
3x - concrete, wood chips
Hangars:
2x - T2, 4 others to N planned to become Eccles Air Depot
County:
Norfolk
Location:
6 miles SW of Attleborough
OS Ref:
TM005895
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Photographs © copyright as stated
RAF Snetterton Heath
Part of the 96th Bomb Group memorial window at Quidenham church 1974 (© Steve Bond)
RAF Snetterton Heath airfield - 386th Bomb Group - 96th Bomb Group - 1943-48
RAF Snetterton Heath, 96 BG, airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2002