Recorded memoirs and opinions of unnamed Norfolk resident, part one of first recording (MC 376/119/1/1)
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Recorded memoirs and opinions of unnamed Norfolk resident, part one of first recording


MC 376/119/1/1

1 side of compact cassette

nd [c 1985]

446th Bomb Group

Peter Stimpson

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Unnamed male, possible surname of Barney, recalls his experiences as a groundsman at various American airbases in Norfolk during the Second World War. Recording possibly made by Peter Stimpson. Includes: Appeals for information about Flixton airbase. Describes his work building and maintaining American aerodromes in the United Kingdom (UK). Mentions Tibenham, Buckenham and Hardwick, Norfolk and Flixton, Suffolk. Comments on moving machinery from Buckenham to Flixton, where he met American servicemen for the first time. Describes Americans flying B-25 Mitchell aeroplanes at Flixton and seeing a B-24 test landing at Tibenham. Lists other bases he worked on. Comments on Tibenham, including seeing Jimmy [James] Stewart fly. Describes crash of a Fortress [B-17] with a fighter aeroplane at Old Buckenham and how B-24s got into formation. Comments on formation continued, including aeroplane markings. Describes mid-ari collision over Tivetshall, Norfolk, and an aeroplane crash-landing on New Buckenham common. Remarks on using his bulldozer as a bomb shelter and describes an incident where he was caught in machine gun fire. Comments on incident at Buckenham when the first aeroplane to land crashed causing difficulties landing other aeroplanes. Anecdote about mistaking a P-51 Mustang for a German ME-109 fighter aeroplane at Buckenham. For the continuation recording, see MC 376/119/1/2. For the second recording in the series, see MC 376/119/2/1-2.