Scale Aviator International Magazine Issue 3 - Page 33

TOP PHOTO: This great old pub has the classic English thatched roof that is getting rarer to see these days. Inside, there are neat photos of personnel and aircraft from the 56th FG. It is within walking distance of the field, and the troops used to frequent it when allowed off base. They have wonderful English ales and beers of all kinds, and the food isn’t bad, either! LEFT PHOTO: Roger Freeman and me in one of the tents protecting the aircraft during the weekend. You can see the B-26 build in- progress of Phil Clark, who later sold the finished plane to Brian O’Meara. Roger grew up on a farm close to the field, and remembered getting invited in to play on the P-47s by the ground crews and pilots on base. He became one of the foremost historians and authors on the USAAF in England during WWII and wrote many books on the subject. Sadly, he passed away from cancer not long after this photo was taken. 33