Horham: Film tells tale of 95th Bomb Group

A 95th Bomb Group B17 takes off from Horham airfield during the Second World War

A 95th Bomb Group B17 takes off from Horham airfield during the Second World War - Credit: 95th Bomb Group Heritage Associa

FILM makers have tracked down the members of a Second World War bomb group to tell their heroic story.

American airline pilots Mark Werkema and Jim Koehn heard about the 95th Bomb Group which was based at Horham Airfield, near Eye, and felt they had to document its history.

The airfield was home to the American bomber, the B-17 Flying Fortress, and during the war more than 600 men from the base died and almost 860 became prisoners of war.

The film, which was five years in the making, will be shown by the 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association which runs a museum dedicated to the group.

Chairman of the group James Mutton said it was an “incredible film”.

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He said: “The film is based on the story of a B-17 crew from a company called Easy Going. They arrived in October 1944 and finished 35 missions by March of 1945.

“They all made it through and completed their tour safely. It’s basically the story of where they were from, what they did and what they did after the war. It’s the first documentary to be made about the 95th Bomb Group.

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“Mark and Jim met the crew members across America. They found eight members of the crew out of a total of 10.”

The 80-minute documentary uses black and white and colour film from the time as well as modern interviews with the crew.

The film, called On the Wings of a Mighty Fortress, will be shown at the Red Feather Club, IP21 5DG, on March 20 at 7.30pm. Entry is on the door but there is a limited availability.

The documentary is £3 for bomb group heritage members, £4 for non-members. For more information call Mr Mutton on 01728 860930 or email jamesmutton@suffolkonline.net

The film has already been shown in USA.

For more information about the museum go to www.95thbg-horham.com

Open days are on the last Sunday of every month at the museum from April to October. The April and October events includes stalls and military vehicles.

The Red Feather Club is also the home to the 1285th Military Police Company re-enactors.

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