95th Bomb Group Memorial Exhibition (Horham)

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The airfield, known officially as AAF Station 119, was built in 1942 to the standard Class A specification seen on many other airfields. Class A was the specification set for an airfield that was to be used as a heavy bomber station with three runways, 50 hard standings, two T-2 type hangars for aircraft maintenance, a bomb dump and enough accommodation to house around 2900 personnel.

There were a number of tenant units stationed at Horham. From October 1942 the 47th Bombardment Group (Light) equipped with the A-20 Havoc, arrived from Bury St Edmunds using the base as a staging point as they trasferred to the 12th Air Force in January 1943. This was followed by the 323rd Bombardment Group (Medium) with their B-26 Marauder’s who stayed at Horham between 12th May and 14th June 1943, before transferring to Earls Colne in Essex.

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Having being previously based at Alconbury and Framlingham,  the 95th Bombardment Group (Heavy) equipped with the B-17 Flying Fortress arrived on 15th June 1943 to take up permanent residency for the duration of the war. The 95th flew their first mission from Horham on 22nd June 1943 against an industrial target at Huls in Germany, the first of a total of 300 missions that would claim a total 133 aircraft lost while flying from Horham.

The 95th were the first US group to bomb Berlin in daylight, and became the only unit to receive three Distinguished Unit Citations within the Eighth Air Force.  After the cessation of hostilities, the 95th returned to the USA from June 1945.

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Today the 95th Bomb Group museum is located on the site of the former NCO’s club known as “The Red Feather Club”. There are five interconnected rooms that make up the complex as well as a separate guardroom complete with prison cell. There are many personal stories and other interesting 95th BG artefacts housed within the museum, and outside you’ll find original air raid shelters. Unique to the museum are two superb murals along with “Brad’s Bar” which has been faithfully restored for use during the many social events staged at the club throughout the year.

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