American war historian reveals source of Stansted Second World War photos

An e mail from The us has served to address the mystery of a scarce selection of colour pics of Stansted airfield through the 2nd World War.

Carl Carrozza, whose father Frank was a radio operator and facet gunner with the 344th Bomber Squadron who were being based mostly there, spotted the tale on the Bishop’s Stortford Impartial website and promptly recognised the pics.

“When I saw these pics you posted and you did not know who took them, I realized promptly,” wrote Carl, from his house in upstate New York.

American airmen on Stansted airfield through WW2 (37531303)

“It was Jack Havener. He was with the bomber group, and I have a folder of pics that were being taken by Jack and these illustrations or photos were being in there. He was known for taking a whole lot of colour pics, colour becoming in its infancy in people days.”

Mountfitchet Castle proprietor Jeremy Goldsmith posted the illustrations or photos on Stansted social media boards in June just after he was passed the copies by a fellow war fanatic. He felt he should to share them with the group and was confused by the public’s reaction.

“Wow!” he said on mastering that Carl experienced recognized who took them. He plans to contact Carl to learn extra about the bomber group’s time at Stansted.

FACTFILE: Stansted’s early background

  • The station was 1st allocated to the United States Military Air Forces (USAAF) Eighth Air Pressure in August 1942. Building get the job done by US engineers of the 817th Battalion started that thirty day period.
  • The airfield was formally opened on August 7, 1943 and was applied through the war as RAF Stansted Mountfitchet by the Royal Air Pressure and the USAAF as a significant bomber airfield.
  • Despite the fact that the formal identify was Stansted Mountfitchet, the base was known as just Stansted in both created and spoken form.
  • As properly as a bomber base, Stansted was a maintenance and source depot involved with significant overhauls and modification of B-26s.
  • After the Americans’ withdrawal on August twelve, 1945, Stansted was taken around by the Air Ministry and applied by an RAF maintenance device for storage needs. From March 1946 to August 1947, it was applied for housing German prisoners of war.
  • The Ministry of Civil Aviation last but not least took handle of Stansted in 1949 and the airport was then applied as a base by various Uk constitution airways.