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Unknown Airmen & Ground Crews


Photos taken during the war at Shipdham - where the individuals captured couldn't be identified.

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Trolley Missions


The Trolley Missions were flown after VE Day for ground crews to see the outcome of their efforts after 29 months of combat. Many were at Shipdham for…

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Strike Photos & Mission Maps


Mission maps, or track charts as they were often referred, were passed out to airmen during a pre-mission briefing. They commonly denoted the dog…

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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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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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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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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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