416th Bombardment Group (L)
Wethersfield RAF Station, England
1 February 1944 to 23 September 1944
Left: Wethersfield RAF station 1979 (Glyn Baker photo) - - - Right: Wethersfield RAF station1990s (Brian Render photo)
Wethersfield RAF station Satellite Photo 2006 (Google Earth)
Capt. Reece Evans (left) and unknown Capt. before 668th quarters at Wethersfield
Village of Wethersfield - 8
Apr 44 (F.J. Cachat Photo via Andy Fluxe)
The base had an Officers Club and an Enlisted Club. They both had a bar and food. One could spend off
duty time in his respective club. Once in a while they would have a dance and bring in a group of English
girls to dance with. The nearest town with any night life was Braintree, about ten miles away. The base would run a couple of
2 and 1/2 ton trucks into Braintree each night around 6 PM. Anyone who was off duty could go. The trucks returned at
10:30 PM. Braintree had quite a few Pubs. They all had plenty of English beer (both mild and bitter) and Port and Sherry Wine.
They were rationed to one bottle of Scotch an evening so it went the first hour. Pubs were open from 6 to 10 PM.
The routine was to have a beer at each Pub until we found one that had some action i.e. friendly natives and or a lively English
Dart game, Then we would stay a while. Whenever we could wangle a two day pass, we would go to
Braintree and catch a train to London for some big city activities. (Submitted by Wayne E. Downing)
Ross Stewart, RAF Wethersfield Historian and Curator,
has written the Digital PDF ebook A Brief History of RAF Wethersfield.
For some additional photos and information, see the Wethersfield page at the American Air Museum.