American war historian reveals source of Stansted Second World War photos

An email from The us has served to address the mystery of a uncommon collection of colour photographs of Stansted airfield throughout the Second Planet War.

Carl Carrozza, whose father Frank was a radio operator and facet gunner with the 344th Bomber Squadron who were primarily based there, noticed the tale on the Bishop’s Stortford Impartial internet site and straight away recognised the pictures.

“When I observed these pictures you posted and you did not know who took them, I understood straight away,” wrote Carl, from his house in upstate New York.

American airmen on Stansted airfield during WW2 (37531303)
American airmen on Stansted airfield throughout WW2 (37531303)

“It was Jack Havener. He was with the bomber group, and I have a folder of photographs that were taken by Jack and these images were in there. He was acknowledged for getting a good deal of colour photographs, colour currently being in its infancy in those times.”

Mountfitchet Castle proprietor Jeremy Goldsmith posted the images on Stansted social media discussion boards in June right after he was passed the copies by a fellow war fanatic. He felt he ought to share them with the group and was overcome by the public’s reaction.

“Wow!” he claimed on studying that Carl experienced discovered who took them. He options to make contact with Carl to find a lot more about the bomber group’s time at Stansted.

FACTFILE: Stansted’s early background

  • The station was very first allotted to the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) Eighth Air Force in August 1942. Design do the job by US engineers of the 817th Battalion started that thirty day period.
  • The airfield was formally opened on August seven, 1943 and was applied throughout the war as RAF Stansted Mountfitchet by the Royal Air Force and the USAAF as a large bomber airfield.
  • Though the official title was Stansted Mountfitchet, the foundation was acknowledged as merely Stansted in both penned and spoken type.
  • As perfectly as a bomber foundation, Stansted was a servicing and offer depot worried with important overhauls and modification of B-26s.
  • After the Americans’ withdrawal on August 12, 1945, Stansted was taken in excess of by the Air Ministry and applied by an RAF servicing device for storage needs. From March 1946 to August 1947, it was applied for housing German prisoners of war.
  • The Ministry of Civil Aviation ultimately took manage of Stansted in 1949 and the airport was then applied as a foundation by many Uk charter airways.