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    Richard has asked me to share some of the images I have scanned for OLDBuCKSHOTS ( now over 330 images in the wartime section http://www.flickr.com/photos/oldbuck...7632031006191/ ) onto AIX - so here goes !
    Visiting P51 from East Wretham, B17 from Snetterton

    Handley PAge Halifax MZ559 - was bomber from above and diverted back to OB



    453rd Kitchen Staff

    Horsa Glider - dropped out of overflying formation ( later twoed out by a Stirling)

    Martin Marauder

    Nice view on top of wing showing the uphill slope on RW07

    Ground works


    Hope these are of interest - they give a very small glimpse as to the collection that has recently been amassed. I am currently pulling together a list of all the aircaft that were based with the 453rd - now over 220 different aircraft - I hope to put a display / presentation together for the AIrfield cafe later in the year

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    Brilliant photos Biggles, interesting to see such a varied selection of aircraft there. Thanks

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    A few more
    North American P-51B-5 Mustang 43-6779 coded J2-Y - visiting from Wattisham

    Taxying for departure

    Liberty Run - being towed from the Hangar

    732BS Briefing

    "Golden Gaboon" - crashes on landing

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    Some news, today, from the Diss Mercury:

    A south Norfolk airfield has been sold to a local aviation enthusiast.
    Old Buckenham airfield was yesterday sold to aviation enthusiast Geoffrey Lynch OBE, who lives in Suffolk.

    The deal, brokered by the airfield manager, Matt Wilkins, will continue to see the airfield run by Touchdown Aero Centre Ltd, which holds a CAA Aerodrome Licence.

    Events such as the Old Buckenham Airshow and Military Revival will benefit from the news, with planning already started on Airshow 2014 following June’s event.

    Mr Lynch said: “I am a great admirer of all of the fantastic work that Matt Wilkins has done in order to turn around the fortunes of Old Buckenham and look forward to maintaining its reputation as the finest airfield in East Anglia.”

    The airfield was owned by a property investment firm for the past two and a half years but was managed by Mr Wilkins.

    He said: “I am delighted to be able to announce this deal, which will give Old Buckenham long-term stability and a guaranteed future, ensuring that the last two years of work in keeping the airfield running after a period of difficulty have been ultimately successful.

    “Under Geoffrey’s ownership the ambitious plans to improve the airfield in myriad ways can now be put into action.

    “The airfield is in great fiscal shape. Our hangars are at full occupancy – we have 25 based here.

    “We have also got a few dozen companies based at the airfield, too.

    “The place has been revitalised, it is what I have been working on for the past couple of years. I have been running it on behalf of a large property portfolio.”

    The former RAF base was built in 1942 for the United States Army Air Forces."


    Moving sideways a bit, if anyone is doing any historic research into this airfield on the Internet, they should bear in mind that some Americans call it "Old Buckingham" -- for example the EAA Museum at Oshkosh.

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    Moving sideways a bit, if anyone is doing any historic research into this airfield on the Internet, they should bear in mind that some Americans call it "Old Buckingham" -- for example the EAA Museum at Oshkosh.
    We don't know no better.

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    Default Re: RAF Airfiled "Old Buckenham" Station #144

    And its not only our friends from across the water that call it Old Buckingham ...........................!

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    29th June saw the 70th Anniversary of the 453rd BG that flew B24’s out of Old Buckenham. Early in the year I posted hundreds of images onto the OLDBUCKSHOTS wartime set http://www.flickr.com/photos/oldbuck...7632031006191/ – I was delighted with all the positive feedback I received.



    I am pleased to say that some more fantastic images have just come to light – the story of their find is nearly as interesting as themselves !



    At a house clearance sale in Montana earlier this year – a box of old camera’s was purchased. One of the camera’s contained an undeveloped film. This has since been developed and was found to contain images of the 453rd at Old Buckenham most of the images you find linked to below – 3 of the 4 side on shots are of aircraft that I did not previously have images of – which makes it even more exciting



    With credit to Stefan Tarzan and Martin Workman



    Consolidated B-24J-40-CF Liberator 42-50494 "Squirt" http://flic.kr/p/eQht7A



    Consolidated (Ford) B-24J-20-FO Liberator 44-48816 "Ginnie" http://flic.kr/p/eQ64ka



    Consolidated (Ford) B-24M-10-FO Liberator 44-50721 "721" http://flic.kr/p/eQ64nx



    Consolidated (Ford) B-24J-1-FO 42-50602 "602" http://flic.kr/p/eQhtiu



    Consolidated (Ford) B-24H-25-FO Liberator 42-95171 "DIANA-MITE" http://flic.kr/p/eQieMW (Nose Close-up)

    Two reworked images have been added to Old Buck Shots – A panoramic view of 14 B24 Liberators taxying / moving on the ground – fantastic ! http://flic.kr/p/eQRAk6
    as is a view of 3 other B24's at the Holding point http://flic.kr/p/eQRz3M


    Plus – courtesy of the WWW


    Close Up of Consolidated B-24H-10-CF Liberator 42-64473 "YUVADIT" http://flic.kr/p/eQhtkJ

    This is quite a rarity - most B24' had Nose art on the port side only - even more unusual is that this aircraft had two names - "YUVADIT" on the Starboard side and "Lovers Lane” on the Post side !

    Plus a crew shot of one of the 10 Crews that survived the ware at Old Buck – taken 4th April 1945
    B-24 Liberator Crew - Pilot Lt. Donald F. Peak http://flic.kr/p/eNi1i3



    I hope these are of interest ?

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    Thanks biggles, I like contemporary photographs.

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    I agree what a superb find . "Gold" in pictures !

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    5 More B24 images just uploaded !

    Consolidated (Douglas-Tulsa) B-24H-20-DT Liberator 41-28943 "Dumbo " http://flic.kr/p/f3bER4

    Close up of TAil Turrett Consolidated(Ford) B-24H-25-FO Liberator 42-95073 "Flying Home" http://flic.kr/p/f3qUa7

    Consolidated B-24H-10-CF Liberator 42-64452 http://flic.kr/p/f2mTB2

    Consolidated B-24H-10-CF Liberator 42-64452 Missions http://flic.kr/p/f2B9HG

    Lucky Mascot "Spare Parts" http://flic.kr/p/f2B9to - dont these men look young !!

    Hope you enjoy these

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