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RAF Shipdham USAAF Station 115 in the Second World War 1939-1945 - The Wartime Memories Project -

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RAF Shipdham USAAF Station 115

   RAF Shipdham, in Norfolk, opened in September 1942 was known as Station 115. It became home to the USAAF 44th Bomb Group, 'The Flying Eightballs' equipped with B-24s. The 44th flew 344 missions and lost 153 aircraft, the highest of all the B-24 units.

After the war the airfield was used for a short time as a repatriation centre for German POWs returning to Germany from the USA. The land was returned to agricultural use with private flying taking place from 1970 onwards. Most of the buildings remain in various states of decay, including the station headquarters close to the entrance, the control tower, MT sheds (motor transport), bomb store. The three original T.2 type Hangers are in use as warehouses. Part of the site is in use as an industrial estate. Several huts remain at the dispersal site to the south east (506th B.S.), there are two buildings remaining on the communal site, and the 14th CBW is almost intact, along with the 464th sub depot site. The land is now privately owned and permission is required to visit the site. A memorial to the 44th Bomb Group was erected in 1983 in the grounds of the parish church All Saints in the nearby village.


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Those known to have served at

RAF Shipdham USAAF Station 115

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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Capt. William N. Doughten 506th Bomb Squadron 44th Bomb Group

My grandfather, Captain William N. Doughten was stationed in Shipdham with the 506th from Sept 1943 to the end of the war. He was ground crew, I believe. He spoke of James Curtis McAtee, a colonel, who was stationed there and was one of the pilots of the Aug 1943 ploesti raid. Col. Mcatee is still alive and well.

Derek Benz

Col. James Curtis McAtee 44th Bomb Group

Derek Benz

2nd Lt. George Klindt Ramsey nav. (d. )

My uncle, George Klindt Ramsey is in the back row of the photo of Raymond C Houghtby's crew. Does anyone have a clearer copy of the photo for my genealogy files? My was my mother's brother and an important part of my life.

Ethan Bishop

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