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Woodman pub, 398th BG.
The first three photographs were taken about 1990-1, the rest 2007 within the pub. The Headquarters Board looked like it could be original...?
The Headquarters Board looked like it could be original...?
It is the original HQ board :)
There is huge amount of stuff in the pub. Can also recommend the fish and chips!
Thanx for the pix,
A wonderful Pub which I've been to numerous times (in the past) with my mates when I lived in London (at that time).
Every time I took someone (different) down to see it, they always came-back impressed.
Funny enough, it all started (for me) many years back, when my mate Steve S. driving a Lorry, delivered to what used to be the base-hospital buildings (much further back down the road).
He'd been waiting for hours (delivering/collecting) & one of the old-timers who'd lived in Nuthampstead for YEARS showed him round & explained the layout & history.
Funny-enough, I'd only just (back-then) bought the 1/48th scale 'aftermarket' markings for one of my Monogram B.17-'G' kits......
Ironically; for THE ACTUAL individual 398th B.Gp. B.17 as depicted in the "rafters" photo's you've taken.....
It's "Shady-Lady" '42-97385' 'X'
On all my 1st & subsequent visits, the Pub (the 'Woodman') always had the super-famous "nose-missing" shot (a Large-copy) taking "pride of place" - hanging on the Chimney-breast-wall; of Lt.Laurence DeLancey's B.17-G, as it'd returned in it's terribly-damaged state to Nuthampstead on the 15th Oct '44.
Speaking to the Landlord (at the time), they explained that DeLancy had returned to the Pub (& Nuthampstead) on numerous occasions until just before his 'passing' (late '80's/early '90's) & that his Grandchildren had visited the place, too.
A wonderful-place & good memories for me & the guys who visited w/me
There is now another memorial to the right of the Hell for Heaven one, my picture of it is rubbish so I won't post it, but it reads:
Pursuit to Defend
55th Fighter Group and 442nd Air Service Group
66th Fighter Group VIII Fighter Command, USAAF
38th Fighter Squadron 338th Fighter Squadron 343rd Fighter Squadron
This stone commemorates all those who served with the 55th Fighter Group and 442nd Air Service Group and remembers the following pilots who lost their lives whilst flying from station F-131 from October 1943 to April 1944.
Lt. Albert A. Albino 38th,
Lt. Manuel J. Aldecoa 343rd,
Lt. Newell Anderson 338th,
Lt. William J. Ashton 343rd,
Lt. John Barnett 343rd,
Lt. Charles E. Beall 338th,
Lt. William K. Birth 38th,
Lt. Howard J. Bone 338th,
Lt. Wilton G. Erickson 38th,
Lt. David D. Fisher 38th,
Lt. Joseph M. Fluty 343rd,
Lt. James M. Garvin 38th,
Lt. James W. Gilbride 343rd,
Lt. Hugh Gillette 38th,
Lt. Bejamin H. Gourley 343rd,
Lt. William E. Harbert 338th,
Lt. Charles H. Hodge 343rd,
Major Milton Joel 38th,
Lt. Robert J. Kenning 343rd,
Lt. Thomas Knudson 338th,
Lt. Morris Love 38th,
Lt. Robert V. Lloyd 343rd,
Captain Roland M. Malmstedt 343rd,
Lt. Martin B. Miller 38th,
Lt. Anthony L. Piscitelli 343rd,
Lt. john R. Pruitt 338th,
Lt. William W. Shank 338th,
Lt. John A. Stacker 38th,
Lt. Delorn L. Steiner 38th,
Lt. Gene C. Stephens 338th,
Lt. Raymond L. Sumpter 343rd,
Captain Wesley M. Tibberts 338th,
Lt. Henry J. Tiedemann Jr. 38th,
Lt. William Turner 38th,
Lt. Elton S. Walters 38th,
Lt. Bradford R. Wikholm 338th,
Lt. Herbert T. Winter 38th.
So it's home again our mission ends, we all join up 'The Little Friends'.
It's a good feeling victory brings, as England's coast slips under our wings. Our taks was great (?) quite done, so we fly again with the rising sun.
But should tomorrow bring me sleep, remember my deeeds and try not to weep.
Just about the best photograph I've ever taken of this superb memorial that is so difficult to copy due to the light and reflections.
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