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Second Lieutenant John F. Thornell of the 328th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group, which was stationed at Bodney air base between July 1943 and November 1945.



  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 328th Fighter Squadron


  • John Thornell

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot
    Thornell joined the US Army Air Force in 1942, he joined the 352nd Fighter Group in December 1943. Within six months he had amassed 17.25 claims, his final victory was on 21 June 1944 and he was subsequently promoted to Captain. Thornell remained with...


  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:23:15 AAM AAM ingest

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