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RE: RAF Horham


visited Horham Airfield Open day last Sunday. Great day out. I was especilly taken with the hospital which is seperate from the main base and privately run with no funding. the first photo is of a vsry nice site of a Jeep at the base

The rest are of the Hospital

The size was amazing. I bet it could tell some tales

The one below is of the Dentist's room

The Kitchen

And the last one is of Peter teichman doing a flypast in this Mustang  CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO GET THE VIDEO





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RE: RAF Horham: 95th BG Shuttle Mission to Ukraine


see Glenn B. Infield, The Poltava Affair (McMillan, 1973).

Good historical treatment of the13th CB, 95th BG, 8th USAAF out of station 119 (Horham) of the B-17 shuttle missions.  95th flew in formation ostensibly to hit Berlin, then pealed off to head for Russia (Poltava and Mirgorad) undetected among the rest of the massive bomber formations that day (~June 21, 1944). 

Plan ("shuttle missions") was to set up US bases in Russia, thereby putting German targets within striking distances not possible from East Anglia. The mission turned to disaster when Russian military failed to provide Russian tactical defensive air support of US B-17s parked at Poltava, and refused to allow accompanying US P-51Ds to patrol while B17s were on the ground.

Luftwaffe, unopposed by either Russian or US fighters, found the parked B17s at Poltava, destroying most while some B17s parked at Mirgorad survived.

In retrospect, appears Stalin intentionally permitted the Luftwaffe raid as a message to US 8th air Force.

Fortunately, my father in law, a 95th BG navigator, was with the Mirgorad contingent which returned to Horham via Italian airbases.

-pebarker/Virginia

PS IF anyone out there has family photos of this mission (people, aircraft, Russian ground crews), please post.



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Peter welcome to the RAF in Suffolk forum well that must be one heck of a story with your FiL, I hope someone can help with this
JohnC~Admin

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Hi Again Peter and welcome  i hope you enjoy this



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