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Feltwell 20 May 2010 16:50 #11

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Feltwell 21 May 2010 07:44 #12

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PNK;41030 wrote: Looking at the pre war shot it makes me wonder what things would have been like if present day aircraft service life were applied to the aircraft like the Harrow.
Or apply the service life the B-52 to the Sopwith Camel!


Imagine 'Desert Storm', the Iranian Republican Guard cast their eyes to the skies and cringe in abject terror; 'Aieee! The Sopwith Camel' (No pun intended)

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Feltwell 04 Feb 2011 11:56 #13

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Feltwell 04 Jul 2011 22:15 #14

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I visited RAF Feltwell today for their 4th July celebrations. It was an excellent event with Baseball, music, food , funfair and a selection of classic cars. Mine is still in the garage having the head gasket replaced so i went in my modern. During the afternoon we had the Spitfire and Lanc of the BBMF come over then Sally B and at 6 the Red Arrows. The weather was superb and the US people very welcoming. A superb day, here are some pictures.

American rounders

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The old airfield site............

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..........housed the funfair

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The Arrows making an entrance

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Feltwell 12 Sep 2011 21:48 #15

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From Oggie2620 on WW2Talk
http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/ww2-news-articles/35679-community-centre-raf-feltwell-renamed.html

As of 17 May 2011 there is a USAAF Community Centre at RAF Feltwell named after 75's only Victoria Cross holder - James Allen Ward. This is due to the hard work of a gentleman called Joe Kozier who is the headmaster of the American school on Feltwell. Thank you Joe for honouring this very special young man. A very nice young man from New Zealand House called Wg Cmdr Ian McPherson was in attendance along with a Group Captain from the RAAF, the local RAF Liaison Officer and almost all the top brass from RAF Feltwell. They did a lovely dedication service and there was coffee and cake afterwards. We were looked after very well so thank to them and especially to Joe Kozier who pushed and pushed till it happened.


More info on the Lakenheath site here;
http://www.lakenheath.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123256371

RAF Feltwell Community Activity Center renamed after WWII hero

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ROYAL AIR FORCE FELTWELL, England -- Photo of Sgt. James A. Ward, the first New Zealander awarded the Victoria Cross; the British equivalent of the Medal of Honor. Sergeant Ward was stationed at RAF Feltwell with the Royal New Zealand Air Force No. 75 Squadron during World War II. He was awarded the medal for his heroic actions on July 7, 1941, when his Wellington bomber caught fire from an enemy attack. (Courtesy photo)

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ROYAL AIR FORCE FELTWELL, England -- Photo of Sgt. James A. Ward, in front of a church at Hockwold, England, was the first New Zealander awarded the Victoria Cross; the British equivalent of the Medal of Honor. Sergeant Ward was stationed at RAF Feltwell with the Royal New Zealand Air Force No. 75 Squadron during World War II. He was awarded the medal for his heroic actions on July 7, 1941, when his Wellington bomber caught fire from an enemy attack. (Courtesy photo)

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ROYAL AIR FORCE FELTWELL, England -- Members from the Friends of the No. 75 New Zealand Squadron Association, help unveil the new Ward Community Activity Center sign during the building dedication ceremony on May 14, 2011. The building was named in honor of Sgt. James A. Ward, the first New Zealander awarded the Victoria Cross; the British equivalent of the Medal of Honor. Sergeant Ward was stationed at RAF Feltwell with the Royal New Zealand Air Force No. 75 Squadron during World War II. He was awarded the medal for his heroic actions on July 7, 1941, when his Wellington bomber caught fire from an enemy attack. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Connor Estes)

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ROYAL AIR FORCE FELTWELL, England -- Guest speaker Wing Commander Ian MacPherson, Air Advisor-Defence Staff, Royal New Zealand Air Force, London, speaks during the dedication ceremony of the newly renamed Ward Community Activity Center on May 14, 2011. The building was named in honor of Sgt. James A. Ward, the first New Zealander awarded the Victoria Cross; the British equivalent of the Medal of Honor. Sergeant Ward was stationed at RAF Feltwell with the Royal New Zealand Air Force No. 75 Squadron during World War II. He was awarded the medal for his heroic actions on July 7, 1941, when his Wellington bomber caught fire from an enemy attack. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Connor Estes)

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ROYAL AIR FORCE FELTWELL, England -- Guest speaker Col. Cassie Barlow, 48th Mission Support Group commander, speaks during the dedication ceremony of the newly renamed Ward Community Activity Center on May 14, 2011. The building was named in honor of Sgt. James A. Ward, the first New Zealander awarded the Victoria Cross; the British equivalent of the Medal of Honor. Sergeant Ward was stationed at RAF Feltwell with the Royal New Zealand Air Force No. 75 Squadron during World War II. He was awarded the medal for his heroic actions on July 7, 1941, when his Wellington bomber caught fire from an enemy attack. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Connor Estes)

Commentary by Master Sgt. Steven N. Saffell
48th Force Support Squadron Mathies Airmen Leadership School

5/18/2011 - ROYAL AIR FORCE FELTWELL, England -- As American Airmen, we are "faithful to a proud heritage." Our heritage is not solely bound to, or strictly rooted in, our own country's history. One remarkable feature about being stationed at RAF Feltwell is learning the multi-national role the base served during World War II.

On May 14 2011, Friends of the No. 75 New Zealand Squadron Association, representatives from four nations and guests spanning five generations dedicated the community activity center at RAF Feltwell in honor of Victoria Cross recipient Sgt. James A. Ward.

The Victoria Cross is the British equivalent of the Medal of Honor and according to the Ministry of Defence website the medal is awarded for "gallantry in the presence of the enemy."

The Aug. 5, 1941, edition of the London Gazette reported that Sergeant Ward was the first New Zealander awarded the VC for heroic actions over the Netherlands on July 7, 1941, after his Wellington bomber caught fire from an enemy attack. The fire quickly spread from the right engine to the entire wing as the crew prepared to abandon the aircraft.

In spite of this, Sergeant Ward volunteered to climb out on the wing to extinguish the fire himself.

With a parachute on his back, rope around his waist, and engine cover in hand; Sergeant Ward made the dangerous trek across the wing successfully extinguishing the fire. His bravery and success brought the entire crew and aircraft back to its home base - RAF Feltwell.

Speaking at the dedication ceremony, Col. Cassie Barlow, 48th Mission Support Group commander, noted it was fitting to dedicate the community activities center in honor of Sergeant Ward.

"As most of you know, we're standing at a historic site today," said Colonel Barlow. "The community center was one of the two buildings that served as the sergeant's mess during World War II."

For this momentous occasion, Wing Commander Ian MacPherson of the Royal New Zealand Air Force was the other honorary speaker. "It's really nice to see so many people here at RAF Feltwell and to realize the New Zealand name, our country and one of our heroes is going to be here for many years to come," he said. "He was a special man and he deserves this sort of recognition."

The next time you find yourself at RAF Feltwell, I encourage you to stop by building 94, the newly named Ward Community Activity Center. Inside you will find a replica of the VC, a memorial plaque, as well as a painting depicting Sergeant Ward's bravery. I'm sure you'll agree, our "proud heritage" is truly multi-national.

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Feltwell 13 Sep 2011 18:34 #16

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At the risk of straying too far off topic...

Top to bottom, left to right:

Defense Superior Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon
Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon
Air Force Longevity Service Award with four Oak Leaf Clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon

Above are worn the Senior Force Support Occupation Badge and the Senior Aquisition and Financial Management Occupation Badge

(I think I've identified them all correctly...)

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Feltwell 13 Sep 2011 20:45 #17

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and you are on target for all the ribbons as well. When asked by Brit friends what all of mine were for, I used to tell them they represented different pubs...

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Feltwell 05 Oct 2011 20:28 #18

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This may have been posted somewhere previously but while looking through a rather battered little book I have called The Hippo Book No8 Rockets and Missiles I came across the picture below. The caption on the adjoining page says it is a Thor of No. 77 Squadron being erected at RAF Station Feltwell. The book is dated 1962. The missile serial number is largely obscured but the last digit is visible and looks like an 8. The picture isn't credited but I would have thought it would be an RAF / MoD image

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Feltwell 13 Nov 2011 11:39 #19

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Some photos I have taken at Felwell on various dates

BHQ

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Pillbox near BHQ

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C Type Hangars

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Remains of the runway lighting and markings

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Feltwell 14 Nov 2011 10:55 #20

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Wonderful - the rare Mk.II 'Star' contact light. If only one had its glass lens.

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