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Notes on the Halesworth Airfield War Memorials

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Notes on the Halesworth Airfield War Memorials

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Halesworth Airfield War Memorials

Halesworth Airfield Memorial to the 489th Bomb GroupClose to the Halesworth Airfield Museum stand three fine memorials to those American Servicemen who served at Halesworth Airfield during WWII.

Halesworth Airfield Memorial to the 5th Emergency
            Rescue SquadronThese memorials are thoughtfully sited in beautifully kept bays of grass and gravel, each enclosure hedged and with flagpoles completing the setting. Seats are provided for visitors. Etched into the memorials are depictions of aircraft, squadron badges and the layout of the airfield itself, all skilfully executed.

Operational from 1942 until just after end of the War in 1945, this base was home to brave young men who served the allied forces flying fighters and bombers from the three runways of the airfield.

The memorial to the 56th Fighter Group (Zemke's Wolfpack) [below] carries a plaque commemorating that this Group established a record of combat performance unequalled in US Airforce Fighter history, while the memorial to the 489th Bomb Group records these servicemen who played important parts in the historic events of D-Day in June 1944 [right]. The third memorial is dedicated to the 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron who rescued downed allied aircrew from the North Sea [left].

 

The Halesworth Airfield Plaque

Inscription

The Inscription on the stone reads as follows:

ZEMKE'S WOLFPACK
56th
FIGHTER GROUP
THIS 8th AIR FORCE GROUP WAS STATIONED
HERE AT HALESWORTH AIR STATION 365
JULY 8, 1943 UNTIL APRIL 18, 1944
THE 56th GROUP, KNOWN AS ZEMKE's WOLFPACK,
ESTABLISHED A RECORD OF COMBAT PERFORMANCE
UNEQUALED IN U.S. AIRFORCE FIGHTER HISTORY.


This momument is dedicated to the pilots, the ground
force officers and men of the 56th Group and the
supporting units of the 33rd Service Group
by the people of Halesworth

 

You can also read our extensive report about the Halesworth Town War Memorial.

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