The Stars ‘n’ Stripes flys once more. 

Over the last few days I’ve been posting updates about the work continuing at the Grafton Underwood (Station 106) memorial,  which was home the to 384BG, Eighth Air Force. 

I have now been told that the flags are finally in place and flying proudly over the airfield once more – the first time in 70 years. 

Grafton was home to a number of bomb squadrons, with the 384th  BG there between May 1943 and June 1945. They took part in the ‘Big Week’ bombing operations operating B-17s from this site. Raids on prestige targets such as Schweinfurt, eamed the group a number of Unit Citations, reflecting both the dedication and  bravery of its many crews, a number of which never returned home. 

Grafton Underwood can once again proudly display it’s links with the USAAF, as this little piece of America finally comes to life once more. 

Picture courtesy of Kevin Fleckner the memorial curator.