|St Benets Abbey along the river broads.|
Photo via Andrew Dunn's flickr account funny enough.
But instead, I ended up in Rackheath, now an industrial park, but as Thel tells me, used to be an American Air Force airfield during WW2 where Grandpa was stationed in 1944-45.
|USAAF Memorial. Small plaque for a hefty lot of men.|
Rackheath Station 145
467th Bombardment Group Heavy
2nd Air Division 8th Air Force
US Army Air Force
Under command of Colonel Albert J Shower
Flew 212 combat missions 5538 aircraft sorties
Losses of 235 Airmen 46 aircraft
In B24 Liberator Bombers from this airfield
From Mar 11 1944 to Jul 5 1945
Over 5000 Americans stationed here
I was trying to picture Grandpa walkin around all suave and stubborn, taking off down the runway in his plane like the champ he was. It plays like a movie in my head, all noble and brave with a happy ending, but I'm sure it didn't seem like one when it was actually happening.
I cycled the 7 miles all the way to Wroxham Broads (same place I went yesterday actually...) so I could hopefully then bike down the river to see the ruins of St. Benet's Abbey. I came upon Rackheath park on the way, and since I knew Grandpa was stationed there during the war, I decided to investigate and came upon the memorial plaque above. Good find (in fact the only find of the whole trip, but hey, you win some you lose some). I would have gone up to the abbey but it was beyond my map's boundaries and the right map was 8 freakin pounds! Yikes. Thats like what, $13 for a silly map?! Anyways, I looked in like 4 different tourist stops for a brochure map.. but none to be found of the Abbey. Ridiculous I tell you. Anyways, the traffic on the roads was kind of heavy (which I got to be honest, makes me nervous on the bike!) and I was too much of a wuss to go and try and find the abbey sans map. So, I just biked back home. ha.