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RAF Lavenham



   Lavenham Airfield was operational during World War Two between March 1944 and August 1945. It was manned by the US Army Air Force 487th Bombardment Group, who flew 185 missions and over 6000 sorties

Lavenham Airfield has now reverted to farmland. Whilst many of the roadways remain, the concrete has cracked, and nature is gradually encroaching. The runways large extent have been removed, although a few sections do still remain, now used as hard standing for farming purposes. The Control Tower, is currently being restored. Most of the other buildings, are still standing but are in various stages of dilapidation. The majority of the Airfield is private property. If you wish to visit please respect this. A Memorial Plaque to the aircrews who flew from Lavenham stands in the Market Place of the nearby town.

 


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Those known to have served at

RAF Lavenham

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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S/Sgt Raymond Ezra Duncan 836th Squadron 487th Bomb Group

I was assigned to the 487th Bomb Group 836th Squadron from inception to termination. I served in England on Station 137 for 15 months. I volunteered to be bar tender for the 836th Sqdn party on return of Col Bernie Lay's return after the bomb mission which his aircraft was shot down in France.

I was also present at the Boarding of Trebble Four aircraft by Brigadier General Bernard Castle on 24 December 1944 which ended in fate for General Castle & possibly one other crew member.

For 65 years I was not aware of the outcome of this flight until it was discovered on the internet. I was Crew Chief on Heavenly Body which has been reported in a narrative on the internet that it crashed but I have to say I flew back to the USA in July 1945 in it after being allerted 19 times for takeoff.

I prepared a swing seat between the pilot & Co-pilot as the pilot was concerned about one spark plug malfunction. I assured him that it was OK. We flew from station 137 to Wales-overnight on to Rejykavick, Iceland-overnight, on to Labrador-overnight & on to Bangor, Maine without incident.

I built a hut by the aircraft hardstand out of B-24 Bomb bay cargo racks & lived in it several months.

Raymond Duncan







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