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491st Bombardment Group at Metfield

Metfield Airfield (Station 366)

Metfield Airfield became a USAAF base in August 1943 with the arrival of the 353rd Fighter Group.

The 353rd flew P-47 Thunderbolts and began combat operations on 9 August under the watchful eyes of the 56th Fighter Group at nearby Halesworth.

A re-arrangement of P-47 bases led to the 353rd moving out in April 1944.

Its place was taken by the B-24 Liberators of the 491st Bomb Group from June 1944 until August 1944. 

All sites are now private property and you will need permission before you visit. 

The library has information on some base contacts and with their permission can pass this onto you. The Library itself is unable to organise site visits.

The site is less than a mile south-east of the village of Metfield, off the B1123 Harleston to Halesworth road.  

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