19th Tactical
Reconnaissance Squad
19th Squad



The 47th
47th Bombardment
Bombardment Wing
84th Bombardment Squadron (Light)
84th Bombardment 
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85th Bombardment
  86th Bombardment Squadron (Light)
86th Bombardment 
 

Guest Book

Posted by Don on Jun 24th, 2010
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Posted by asdfd on Jun 24th, 2010
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Posted by Ed Pesik on Jul 13th, 2010
I was a dependent at RAF Station Sculthorpe from Sep 1956 to Sep 1959. My dad was the flying safety officer and we lived on the base in the old brick housing on Lancaster Crescent. I remember the B-45s and the B-66s and I don’t think I’ve ever gotten over the thrill of standing out near the flightline and watching (and listening) to the takeoffs and landings. This is a great site and I appreciate all the work you folks do to keep it up.
Posted by rick little on Sep 21st, 2010
I met a man in a Doctors Office who was a tail gunner in a B-45. He was very susprised I knew what a B-45 was. He served with the 47th bomb Wing. I did not get his name but we talked awhile about the B-45 and that he flew untill 1959 when the plane was replaced. He said he wished at that time that he could have saved his plane and was able to bring it back to the U.S.A. He said most of the planes where burned up and not saved. Is there any B-45 that was saved and still able to fly. We lost so many planes after WW2 and post WW2 that could have been saved for History.
Posted by Col C F Srull, USAF retired on Oct 4th, 2010
My first duty assignment after getting my wings and bars was with the Air Defense Command, 17th Tow Target Squadron at Yuma AFB (later Vincent AFB)in the 50′s. Our job was to tow 9′x45′banner targets for the ADC interceptors to punch holes in with their 2.75″ rockets. The low level range was handled by our B-29s. The high range was handled by the B-45s. I have many memories of those days behind the yoke of the old 45; many good but several not good. We had upgraded the powerplants to J-75 engines to handle the power requirement of flying at high altitude with the high-drag target. Off range it flew like a fighter. In the three years we flew the Tornado we lost only one aircraft. We eventually replaced the B-45 with the B-57 Canberra.
Posted by Hank Silvia on Oct 12th, 2010
I was there in th mid 50s in the 85th Electronics Shoran shop.Left in 1958 just before the 66s came in…thanks for the photos and memories on this site..
Hank
Posted by Charlie Palmer on Dec 8th, 2010
Glad to see we have an updated web site, Great job.I was In the 4750th. FMS at Yuma (Later Vincent, AFB, AZ. then went 47th. BW, 84th. BS at Sculthorpe.
Chanks
Charlie
Posted by Anne Clarkson on Dec 19th, 2010
Thank you for this website. I am looking for historical USAF info on my former father-in-law, Col. John George Glover, deceased.
Posted by Eagledriver on Dec 27th, 2010
Keep ‘em flyin’.
Posted by Eric Rhodes on Jan 10th, 2011
It would be great to hear from any ‘vet’ of the 47 Bombardment Wing, Sculthorpe, U.K. in the fifties. I am putting together a brief history of the Catholic church in nearby Hunstanton. In those days, families from the base lived round about and, of course, some went to the Catholic church – and, indeed, helped with the funding and preparation of the site for an extension. Sadder times were in 1953 when some USAF men and families were lost in the floods that swept this coast. Any memories would be invaluable.
Posted by Oliver on Jan 20th, 2011
I visit the Sculthorp airman’s club on a regular basis, if anybody would like me to take some photographs of the place I would be pleased to do so.

All the best.
Ollie
Heacham, Norfolk
Posted by jane on Jan 25th, 2011
My father, Richard Stinchcomb, was in Sculthorp from 55-58, met my mother in Norfolk. He was an airman, 1st class, and his bunkmate was Chuck Lemax, and John J. Brassil was best man at his wedding. I have pictures of Bob Wingert, Allen Sieple, Jerry Simon, Ed Verge, Bob Akin, Gene Whitemyer, Bob Wesson, Sam Reeder and Tony Wheeler and John Shaw – if anyone is interested or know of these men, contact me.
Posted by Louis on Feb 5th, 2011
My father was an African American serviceman believed to be in the 47th Food Supply at Sculthorpe in 1953-4. I have a photo of him in uniform. His name is John Wesley Dickens and was a friend of Rockne Tarkington who became quite a well known actor. I wonder whether anyone remembers him, Eric Rhodes perhaps? Thank you for your time and help.
Posted by C D Stocks on Feb 7th, 2011
I just found this site. It’s great. I was looking up info on the B-45 and ran across it. I started with the 47th in the 84th in ’52 at Langley. Then made the trip to Schulthorps where we operated out of tents on the flight line. I worked up to being in chasrge of fifteen of those bombers before I got out in ’55 The history of the B-45 is facinating. I wonder if there is a list of the personel at Schulthorpe some where? Good site. Charley
Posted by Jerry S. Holt on Mar 18th, 2011
I happily served with the 84th from July, 1955 until July, 1958. My best buddies at the time were George Bray, Bud Walcott and John May. I met and married my wife in Kings Lynn and we are still happily married after 54 years.
I am now retired and living in McKinney, Texas and would love to hear from any of the old group.
Posted by Jerry Holt on Apr 21st, 2011
In my prior posting, I failed to leave contact information. My email address is holtjjr@gmail.com; mailing address is 816 Buckhill Dr., McKinney, TX 75070; phone No. 214-592-4329. Thanks, Jerry Holt
Posted by Lou Natale on Apr 21st, 2011
I was stationed at sculthorpe with the 85th B.S. from 1953 to 1955. I have some great memories. I married my wife in Fakenham
Catholic church. We lived in Brancaster/Hunstanton and Sheringham.
Posted by Lou Natale on Apr 21st, 2011
Does any one know where I can purchase the 85th BS patch
Posted by David W. Miller on May 1st, 2011
Great web site about a famous jet bomber the first American.Its nice to read the e-mails from the men who flew it and maintained it. Thank You, David W. Miller
Posted by Don McMordie on May 8th, 2011
I was at Sculthorpe in’53-’54 with the C-119 detachment from R/M. I logged a few hours on a B-45 as radio op (still have the form 5 to prove it). Was a good bunch to work with but Sculthorpe was a good place to leave. I lived in the treailer camp outside the back gate next to the hospital. Most fun was Coronation night in Fakenham and Sat nights at the NCO club. This site brings back memories and many thanks to those that keep it up.
Posted by Jim Alston on May 14th, 2011
Great site! I arrived at Alconbury in mid-’55 and worked on the flight line as an ass’t crew chief, then later as CC until Sep ’58. Married a girl from Huntingdon, and we’re still married after 55 years. Would like to hear from anyone who was there during that time frame. We’ll talk about the MUD that was everywhere!
Posted by Lou Natale on May 19th, 2011
My previous post I stated I was there till 1955, which was incorrect, I was there until 1956. some of my best buddies
were Bill Lombardo,(Deceased) Joel Scalzo, Ed O’Gara, Bernard(Lucky)Coyne. (Deceased). Is there anybody remember any of these guys. They were all at my wedding. I would like to hear from some of the other guys in the sq.
Posted by Lou Natale on May 19th, 2011
In addition to my post of May 19th 2011.
I would like my e-mail address loun631@aol.com
Posted by Peter s drago on May 21st, 2011
I so enjoy hearing of some parts of the life of the airman from skulthorpe . I was there from 1957 to 1960. I was in the gun turret part of the B66 Destroyer. As i have mentioned to my buddys who were there, so much has been forgotten. Only the stories I here now are bringing back the memories. I am intrigued that so many men remember so much. Please keep up this good work……..Peter S. Drago
Posted by Kyle Rhubee on Jun 7th, 2011
does anyone remember DARRELL K. RHUBEE (my dad)who was stationed at SCULTHORPE, ENGLAND from 1952-1956? he was in the fire crash and rescue and worked at the air stations fire department… please email me if you have any information on my dad. thank you all. sincerely, kyle l. rhubee
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Posted by Bonnie Riggs on Jul 17th, 2011
My dad [BOB RUCKER] was stationed in SCULTHORPE,ENGLAND from 1955-1959 in the 19TH. TACTICAL RECONNAISSANCE SQUADRON, and I am trying to see if anyone has any information on my dad. He had some friends he went through basic with,
Jerry D.Cooper and Paul Dean Minor is my sister’s Godfather
My dad passed away in 1990, Thank You for your support
Bonnie Riggs (Rucker)
Posted by Bonnie Rucker on Jul 18th, 2011
I added my email if that will help the search. thank you Bonnie Rucker (Riggs)
Posted by Candy Nevin on Jul 18th, 2011
My dad, Kenneth Lacey flew B-45s at Sculthorpe from March 1957 till August 1958 when he died in a plane crash in St. Vith, Belgium. He was catching a ride back to England from Germany after delivering a B-45 to a German field there. He was riding a KB-150(?) tanker back when it exploded. I was searching for B-45s after scanning all of his flight records in to my computer. It was a rough way to end a tour, but I have fond memories as a girl of 10 and 11 and being in England. We lived in Hunstanton, Brancaster and on base(for three months. It was great looking at the pictures. I think that all but my mom and one other person that I remember from that time are gone now. Maybe when I get to go through her pictures I’ll find some from that time. Until then, thanks for the memories. I can now show my husband, who was an Army Aviator in Vietnam and retired with 31 years’ service what a B-45 looks like.
Posted by Dawn Pennell on Aug 3rd, 2011
I wonder if anyone can help me please. My mother-in-law (Sheila Pennell) died in October 2010. Shortly before she died she told my husband that his father’s name was Jack O’Brien (possibly O’Ryan) and that he was stationed at Sculthorpe with American forces in 1955. We would love to find out what happened to Jack when he returned to American. We think that he came from Maryland. Thanks. Dawn
Posted by SMSGT STEVE GATES USAF RET on Aug 8th, 2011
HAD A REAL GOOD FRIEND AND FISHING BUDDY WHO WAS A TAIL GUNNER ON B-45,S AT SCULTHORPE ENGLAND. HIS NAME WAS MYLES SULIVAN AND HE AND HIS WIFE MARGARET BOTH LIVED OFF BASE AT THE TIME-MYLES HAD BEEN A B-17 TAIL GUNNER IN WW-2 AND A POW – HAVING BEEN SHOT DOWN-LATER WENT TO B-52,S AT WESTOVER AFB MASS AS A STAND / EVAL GUNNER-FLEW COMBAT IN VIET NAM AND PASSED AWAY A WHILE BACK FROM CANCER. MARGARET IS STILL LIVING IN DELTONA FLORIDA AND WE SEE HER EVERY YEAR. THOUGH SOME ONE MIGHT REMEMBER THEM FROM THOSE DAYS.
Posted by Louis Natale on Aug 15th, 2011
I would like to get some information regarding the 2011 reunion for the 85th Bomb Sq. I understand that it is to be held in Branson.
if any body has information I would like t hear from you.
Thanks, Lou Natale
Posted by Beltzhoover on Aug 19th, 2011
Anybody remember 86th bomb sq 1957/1958. I still owe $’s for my Morris minor to Lt.? From state of Washington……want to pay $2,000 and interest for the past 54 years.
Posted by Steve Gates on Aug 23rd, 2011
Yes,This is for SMSgt Steve Gates, who convieniently left his name and RANK but forgot to leave an address; I knew both Margaret and Miles Sulivan quite well. Especially Myles, as I used top go “PUB-CRAWLIN” with him on the weekends all us gunners lived in Sheringham and had our Gunner’s Party’s when stationed at RAF Sculthorpe. I married a British Lass who Margaret used to “COACH” her and sometimes would babysit my oldest Boy. I rotated to the US in October 1957 and and didn’t see him again til I looked him up at UTAPO,Thailand. He was still “Gunning” but I had been grounded and was working in electronics. I retired from USAF 1 Mar 1972.
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Posted by Peter B Gunn on Aug 25th, 2011
I am an aviation historian and am researching the history of the Sculthorpe air base, England. I have found the comments very interesting and would like to be contacted by anyone who would like to share their experiences of the base with me. I am especially interested in names of commanders, operations conducted, life on and off the base and aircraft accidents/losses. Thank you. My website for contact is
www.peterbgunnbooks.co.uk
Posted by Peter B Gunn on Aug 25th, 2011
I am an aviation historian and am researching the history of the Sculthorpe air base, England. I have found the comments very interesting and would like to be contacted by anyone who would like to share their experiences of the base with me. I am especially interested in names of commanders, operations conducted, life on and off the base and aircraft accidents/losses. Thank you. My website for contact is
www.peterbgunnbooks.co.uk
Posted by Joan on Sep 12th, 2011
To Dawn Pennell

There is a website on yahoo call GITRACE.org/ you have to apply to join the site, but they will help you maybe trace your father… There is also a site called “American WWII orphan” GI Babies looking for biogoigcal family , It is a good site as well. There are hundreds of us out there. When you get through to the yahoo one you just leave a message with the information you wish to give and the advice will pour in honest!!!
Posted by Rich on Sep 22nd, 2011
Peter Gunn, 1 was there from 1960-1963, if you would like info on the base commanders or events. let me know
Posted by John C. Fredriksen, Ph.D. on Sep 30th, 2011
I cannot believe you guys have not listed my B-45 Tornado book in your bibliography!
Posted by Walter Rhodes on Oct 18th, 2011
I was in the USAF in England from 11/51 to 9/54, serving the first year at RAF Burtonwood in the 59th Warehouse Sqdn. and as a Q24 Bomb-Nav Systems repairman with Henry Dunbar (Virginia), William “Bill” Jahelka (Long Island, NY, Ronald Knickerbocker (NY)and others whose names have escaped me. In the Fall of 1952, Henry, Bill and I were sent to RAF Brize-Norton, 18 miles west of Oxford to repair Q-24′s – but never got to – even checked out a Norden bombsight for repair. In 1953 we transferred to the 47th at RAF Sculthorpe and were split up into the 84th, 85th and 86th Bomb Sqdns. servicing the Q-24s on the B-45s. I found Henry’s widow a few years ago in Thanksgiving, FL, and talked by phone briefly with Bill in Long Island about the same time. I was discharged in Oct 1954 and am retired in Houston since 2000.
Posted by David Whitaker on Oct 26th, 2011
To Bonnie Riggs (Rucker) I was also in the 19th Tac from 1955 to 1958. Look for me on facebook. I have some digital copys of the year books that I could send you. I have some pix on facebook also the photo page on this site.
Posted by paula gates on Oct 29th, 2011
hi
my father was in the 19th tac from 1957 to 1959
his name was roy junior carter , he is in the 1957 year book
at sculthorpe . did you know him.
kind regards
paula gates
Posted by Bob Trotter on Nov 5th, 2011
I was assigned to the 86th Bomb Sq at RAF Alconbury and we were reassigned to RAF Sculthorpe. I was a crew chief on B66B 5305 until I was reassigned to Maintenance Control for 3 additional years. I was a Senior Controller when I rotated to the States. “Obe” OBrien was with me at both Alconbury and Sculthorpe. Great base, good people. Retired as First Sgt in 1972. Call Arizona my home now.
Posted by Jo Kearney on Nov 6th, 2011
I am trying to trace any details about my father, sgt Jack Fleener who was based at Sculthorpe during 1951/52. I would really appreciate anything. A4KC
Posted by Linda Clark on Nov 10th, 2011
I’m trying to trace my husbands birth father his name is Bobby Gene Potter he came from Virginia USA his airforce number is 13553500 he was a staff sergeant or airman 1st Class. He was stationed at Sculthorpe around the years 1956 onwards he met a Lynda Waters from Gaywood, King’s Lynn when they used to have the dances there and they became a couple until he was frightened off by her parents. IF ANYONE KNOWS OF BOBBY GENE POTTER OR maybe he was called Robert, we would love to know as it’s taken 52 years fo the truth to come out and my husband would just like to find out if he is still alive. Many thanks
Posted by John Ditmer CMSGT(RET) on Dec 9th, 2011
I was assigned to the 47th FMS at Langley AFB,VA in September 1951, and deployed with the wing to Sculthorpe RAF Station in April, 1952. I was assigned to the Field Maintance Squadron, Jet Engine Unit, Jet Engine Test Cell. I returned to the US and was discharged in November 1954. I reenlisted in October, 1955 and retired in October, 1975 and reside in Harrisburg, PA.Would like to hear from some past members of the FMS
My email address is: johnnyvetaf@aol.com
Posted by Kermit Ludwig on Jan 4th, 2012
July 1959—-Jan 1962
Posted by Kermit Ludwig on Jan 4th, 2012
July 1959–Jan1962
Posted by Kermit Ludwig on Jan 12th, 2012
I was at schulthorpe From 1958 —1962. I worked in the LOX shop.
Posted by Jim Vijande on Jan 14th, 2012
19th Tac Sq radar observer at Sculthorpe from 53 to 57. Looking for B-J Waller-co-pilot and best buddy. Or Warchol, Elvert “Barney” New, Hal Hall, Moon Mullin. I live in Alpharetta, Ga. Most probably gone now and I’m soon
Just want to hear a voice to re-live wonderful memories of Norfolk and that blessed ’45.
Posted by Harold Reynolds on Jan 28th, 2012
Hi John ! just read your guest book on being at Sculthorpe in the jet engine shop. I remember you ! What a shock to see your name. I worked in the jet engine shop under Odney Johnson ,Staff sgt we still keep in touch. Remember Herb Holen that was in our Bay from Montana, he was in radar section, we visted him in New Orleans a couple years back and had a good time, our 47th bombwing reunion was held there, we all took a cruise as part of the reunion. had a great time.
My e mail is : hrbenz@aol.com would like to hear from you.
Posted by Allen Shockley on Jan 30th, 2012
Hello John and Harold, I was surprised to see both your names on this website! I immediately recognized Ditmer’s name although I hadn’t heard it since I left Sculthorpe in 1955! And, Harold, I’ve seen pictures of your visit with Herb Holen in New Orleans. Herb also keeps in touch with Neighbors, Pangborn and Ely. After reading your posts, I dug out my ’53 Pictorial and located you both. I had a call from Odney Johnson last week. We keep in touch on a regular basis. Odney keeps in touch with Col. Stewart and keeps me posted about him. I was assigned to the 47th Maint. Sqdn. at Langley Field in Tech. Supply, then rode the USS Gen. Haan to the UK.
Enjoyed reading both your posts!