RAF Thorpe Abbotts – home to the ‘Bloody 100th’.

Aviation Trails

There are few Bomb Groups who got through the war unscathed. Some earned notable awards, many earned notable nicknames. There are none more though than that of the 100th Bomb Group of the United States Air Force, a groups of men who fought in many of Europe’s most fearsome air battles, suffering many great loses but also achieving great successes.

In this review of Trail 12 we look again at the airfield at Thorpe Abbots, and the history behind the derelict buildings and the concrete remains, we see how the 100th BG earned themselves that most unsavoury name ‘The Bloody 100th‘.

Thorpe Abbotts (Station 139).

Opened quite late in the war, (April 1943), Thorpe Abbots would only be active for a short period of time. But during these months, it would be home to one major air group, the 100th BG of the US Eighth Air Force, who would…

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Navy turns to GE to 3D-print parts for very old boats

What a great idea!

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Albany Times-Union

Navy awards research center $9M contract to create model

Try finding a spare part for your 48-year-old boat. It’s not easy.

But it’s a problem the U.S. Navy has faced. Its oldest active ship was deployed in 1970, and when a part breaks, it has to scramble.

Some spares haven’t been produced in years.

But researchers at General Electric’s Global Research Center are working on an alternate source, producing the parts with a 3-D printer and a process called additive manufacturing. It follows digital instructions to recreate the part layer by layer out of the same material.

The U.S. Office of Naval Research has awarded scientists a $9 million, four-year contract to find a faster way to create a digital model that would allow them to produce a duplicate part to replace one that failed.

While the initial focus is on producing so-called legacy parts for ships, aircraft…

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Bombing of Hill 2380 – Luzon

Pacific Paratrooper

XIV Corps, 11th Airborne operation area in Southern Luzon

USMC’s Iwo Jima’s Mount Ssurabachi was only 554 feet in elevation, but they called it a mountain.  THE US ARMY’S ANGELS OF THE 11TH AIRBORNE AND 1st CAVALRY ATTACK a HILL 2,380 feet, this was 4 times higher than Mt. Suribachi!!

3rd Attack Group

Watch this 7-minute video to see the interaction of the 11th Airborne Division and the 3rd Attack Group….

While the fighting continued on Luzon, Gen. Kenney, Commander of the 5th Air Force, was requested to go to Washington.  Plans for the operation (Olympic) to invade Japan were certainly in the works and had been for quite a while, Kenney told Gen. Marshall that they could land there any time they could get the ships to take in the troops.

Gen. Kenney, 5th AF

He felt the Allies had enough troops, Navy and air power in the Pacific…

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