“If I can’t shoot them down, I’ll scare them down” – Trail 8

“If I can’t shoot them down, I’ll scare them down” Major John Meyer, of the 487th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group RAF Bodney, prepares to take off on another sortie against the Luftwaffe, in his P-51 Mustang ‘Lambie II‘.

Today, Bodney is an Army training barracks operated by STANTA. What little remains of the airfield is run down and overgrown.

The 352nd became known for their determination and valour and earned themselves the name of the ‘Blue Nosed Bastards of Bodney’ because of their distinctive blue nosed P-51s.

Bodney is visited on Trail 8 of Aviation Trails, a tour round Britain’s airfields of the second world war.

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Bodney's water tower

Bodney’s water tower

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