USAAF 453RD BG
Hollywood legend Jimmy Stewart was the first Operations Officer of Old Buckenham when it started life with its first and most important residents; the USAAF 453rd Bombardment Group.
453RD BOMBARDMENT GROUP OF THE 8TH AIR FORCE
2013 was the 70th anniversary of Old Buckenham's opening. Hollywood legend Jimmy Stewart was Operations Officer and Walther Matthau served here.
On Remembrance Sunday 2014, we opened the new 453rd Bombardment Group Museum.
Please visit www.453museum.com to find out more about the home of the largest collection of 453rd Memorobilia in existance. That website is becoming somewhat old. In early 2023 it'll merge with oldbuck.com with more content and information about the Museum opening hours. Very few museums like this are open every week throughout the year - the current hours are Friday to Sunday 1000-1600.
Two years after the opening of the 453rd Museum, we added to it with the creation of the 8th Air Force Heritage Gallery. Opened on Remembrance Sunday 2017, the new gallery allows a far greater collection to be exhbited, relating to the Mighty 8th Air Force, of which the 453rd were a part. Please click here for the Gallery's website.
The 453rd flew 259 missions in B-24 Liberators. They dropped 15,804 tonnes of bombs and in the process lost 58 aircraft. Most importantly 366 servicemen lost their lives serving from Old Buckenham. In time for the 70th Anniversary the memorial to the 366 has been moved to a new memorial garden, with a figure 8 path to mark the 8th Air Force.
The gallery of images below is kindly provided by the late Pat Ramm.