The map of the living area of the 384th Bomb Group’s 544th Bomb Squadron shows the air raid shelter, living quarters, latrines and ablutions (showers). I have highlighted the air raid shelters, latrines, and shower buildings (or at least which ones I think they are) to try to identify the locations of the following photos.
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Key to Numbered Locations
- ARS Air Raid Shelter
- 356-358 Officers’ Quarters
- 359-360 Officers’ Latrines
- 361 Picket Post
- 362 Officers’ Ablutions & Latrines
- 363-367 Sergeants’ Quarters
- 368-370 Sergeants’ Latrines
- 371-375 Airmen’s Barracks
- 376-377 Airmen’s Latrines
- 378-380 Airmen’s Barracks
- 381-383 Sergeants’ & Airmen’s Ablutions
- 384 M & E Plinth
My dad, George Edwin Farrar, saved several photos that I believe must have been taken in this area. A few show an air raid shelter with what looks like barracks to the left a tent to the right.
This photo shows the air raid shelter in the background with a tent to the right. The children in the photo are the local Grafton Underwood children of the Denney family, Bert, Roy, and June.
This photo was taken from a different angle and shows barracks to the left and shows a walkway leading to a tent to the right. That’s Bert Denney climbing the air raid shelter in the background.
In the next photo, Lenard Bryant and Carl Guinn stand in the same area with Bert and June Denney standing at the top of the air raid shelter in the background.
A couple of other photos, which I believe were also taken in the 544th Bomb Squad living area have different backgrounds. In this first one, my dad and three other members of the John Buslee crew look to be standing in front of a latrine or shower (ablutions) building with tents in the left of the background. This also leads me to believe Dad’s enlisted crew was housed in a tent rather than a Nissen hut.
This photo looks to have the same tents in the background.
The buildings in the first photos are not Nissen huts, so I could be wrong about where on the base the photos were taken. I’d like to be able to find the location of these photos on the base. I’ll have that opportunity later this month when I visit the UK and hope to have some current day views of these locations to post when I return.
© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2019