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    Debach on 11 August 2010

    Control Tower / Watch Office for All RAF Commands (Building 1) (Drg No 12779/41 & 343/43)




    Dinghy Shed (Building 24) (Drg No 2901/43)


    Parachute Store (Building 29) (Drg 11137/41)


    Crew Lockers & Drying Rooms (Building 45)


    Norden Bomb Sight Store (Building 35) (Drg No 1906/43)


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    Memorial


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    Two photos of the airfield under construction




    This is a google earth view of the airfield in 1945

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    A few photos I took at Debach this morning

    1 - Control Tower


    2 - Control Tower


    3 - Main runway, looking north


    4 - Main runway, looking south


    5 - Taxiway at the west of the airfield, looking north

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    Alan (aka Bomber) asked me to post up these photos he took at Debach recently for him -




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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Squared View Post
    The 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron at Halesworth in 1945 was equipped with 10 dinghy-pack equipped "spotter"
    P47's and a flight of 9 ASR Catalinas. In March 1945 it also received 6 "War Weary" B17's equipped with US designed Higgins lifeboats and one of these was successfully dropped to a downed bomber crew in the sea off Denmark on the last day of that month. Unfortunately, in April, two 5 ERS B17's were lost in a collision over Fritton Broad, close to the coast between Lowestoft and Yarmouth.
    Thanks for the info. There is an 8th vet here in Georgia who tells my father-in-law he flew a B-17 fitted with a life boat during the war out of Ipswich. I've been trying to figure it out. The ole boy doesn't like talking about his experiences much, we found out this much when he realized my father-in-law was from Clacton.

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    one of these boats is on display at Hendon Museum

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    I got these from Hendon with their permission






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    Default Re: RAF Debach / USAAF Station 152

    The lifeboat in Tarkey's images is the RAF's wooden Airborne Lifeboat Mk.1 (Hendon's example is a Mk.1A IIRC. The RAF Museum also have a post-war aluminium Mk.3 in storage)
    USAAF SB-17s were fitted with the Higgins-built wooden A-1 Lifeboat.

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    Default Re: RAF Debach / USAAF Station 152

    Here's a selection of photos ive taken recently from a great visit to Debach with REF -










    Found amongst the debris of the Mess Hall -










    Part two coming up -
    Last edited by stevie; 13-11-2012 at 17:31.

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