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Living Sites


A couple miles south of the runway, living sites housed the average 3,000 airmen and ground crew on base at any given point of the war.

For airmen,…

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Nose Art


A bomber was officially known by a serial number, but its nose art told of its identity - its personality. Crews gave their bomber a moniker, which…

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Operation Varsity Low-Level Resupply


One of three low-level missions flown by the 44th BG - of their 343 wartime missions.

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Ordnance & Bomb Store


The ordnance company at Shipdham was responsible for handling every bomb - inspecting, arming, moving to the airfield, and loading them into bombers -…

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Ploesti Low-Level Mission


The most famous of all 343 missions flown by the 44th Bomb Group on August 1, 1943. Called Operation Tidal Wave - the goal was to hit oil refineries…

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Crews shot down over enemy territory faced grave danger. If they survived Airmen hoped to evade capture using their escape kits (which included a silk…

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