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3 Group poser

3 Group poser
Author: Jim Robinson (Guest)
Time Stamp:
21:54:23 Friday, July 23, 2004
Post:
I visited the reading room at Hendon today, a very productive session. I found information on two men in the 3 Group Bomber Command Memorial Roll.

LAC H C Blinman and LAC L G Lyford. Both of them are shown as being in 3 Grp but posted to US 8th AF bases, Bungay and Old Buckenham respectively when they died.

Questions. Did RAF bases being used by USAAF still have an RAF presence? Will there be a station ORB for the period at Kew?

Any other information?

thanks

Jim


RE: 3 Group poser
Author: Chris Charland (Guest)
Time Stamp:
00:47:18 Saturday, July 24, 2004
Post:
Hi Jim

The Royal Air Force maintained detachments at the two airfields.

U.S.A.A.F. Station Bungay

(U.S.A.A.F. Station 125)

A.P.O. 558 U.S. Army

R.A.F. Detachment Bungay

R.A.F. Station, Flixton

Bungay, Suffolk

U.S.A.A.F. Station Old Buckenham

(U.S.A.A.F. Station 144)

A.P.O. 558 U.S. Army

R.A.F. Detachment Old Buckenham

Attleborough, Norfolk

Cheers...Chris



RE: 3 Group poser
Author: Jim Robinson (Guest)
Time Stamp:
18:50:07 Sunday, July 25, 2004
Post:
Cheers for that Chris,

As the men are detached to these bases, does that mean further details will be found in the ORB of their "proper" unit?

And the next question, does anyone know how do I find out where they were detached from?

cheers

Jim



RE: 3 Group poser
Author: Chris Charland (Guest)
Time Stamp:
20:41:50 Sunday, July 25, 2004
Post:
Hi Jim

Is it possible that they were sent to these bases to take care of R.A.F. bombers that might have had to land there for combat related damage, injuries or other technical matters such as better food etc. It would make sense to have perope on site rather than send a repair party from the parent unit which could be a considerable distance away.

Just a wild guess.

Cheers...Chris



RE: 3 Group poser
Author: Henk Welting (Guest)
Time Stamp:
17:37:57 Monday, July 26, 2004
Post:
Hello Jim,

For LAC (Wop) Hugh C. BLINMAN, 1716531, I've on file:

The SBA (Standard Beam Approach)Station was overrun at Flixton airfield by Liberator 42-50306 "Dragon Lady" of 446BG killing two RAF-men in the hut and the entire crew of the Liberator when the a/c swung off. Second RAF-man killed in the accident was Cpl (Wop) Leslie G. REYNOLDS, 1508795.

Unfortunately have nothing specific on LAC Leonard G. LYFORD, 1409875, and will ask my USAF-specialist and friend Jan Hey whether he has something in his files.

Regards,

Henk.


RE: 3 Group poser
Author: Jim Robinson (Guest)
Time Stamp:
18:43:48 Monday, July 26, 2004
Post:
Cheers Henk,

That is very helpful. A web search gave me this link,

http://home.att.net/%7Ejbaugher/1942_3.html

Confirming those details. A quick look in the Mighty Eigth War Diary also confirms.

Thanks again,

Jim