Home of the ‘Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum, which tells the stories of the base and the men who flew the 100th’s B-17s in combat over Germany.
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Throughout the Second World War, the American strategic bombing campaign in Europe was predominately based in East Anglia. By May 1942, 127 sites in this rural, flat, agricultural region in the east of England had been identified to serve as airbases for the United...