at the 493rd Bomb Group, Debach Airfield
June 6/7th By Steve Carr
With so many people heading to Normandy for the 65th Anniversary, what
was left for those who remained behind? Well, for those who didn't go
to France, another very appropriate location to spend D-Day was the
493rd Bomb Group Museum at Debach Airfield in Suffolk. The 493rd BG
was the last of the 8th Air Force Heavy Bombardment Groups to be
activated, and they flew their first mission on June 6th 1944, D-Day.
Fox from the South Cumbria MVT, Lynne and myself headed down to the
airfield on Friday 5th to spend the whole weekend there. The museums
open day was the 7th, although there was a 1940's Hangar Dance on the
evening of the 6th.
To the left
is my Jeep and the Museums Flying Control Caravan in which we set up
is centred around the wartime control tower and the technical site
buildings, with several new 'period' buildings having been built to
accommodate the museum exhibits. Richard Taylor who owns the farm and
museum has several vehicles of his own on display including two Jeeps,
a GMC, GMC Bolster Truck, Fordson Fire Tender, Dodge WC54 Ambulance,
Queen Mary Trailer, Flying Control Trailer and several bomb trailers
complete with concrete 500lb bombs.
in attendance was Adrian Barrell with his M4A4 Sherman. He was kind
enough to give Rupert and myself a ride around the airfield, a video
of which can be seen below.
is also an arena at the airfield which allowed vehicles to be driven
for the public. Saturday's weather was kind for the non-public day and
the dance in the evening, but it chucked it down on Sunday morning.
Even so, there was a good number of public there, although difficult
to tell how many due to the large spread out site.