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Welcome to the official website of the 489th Bomb Group Collection.

The 2015 Memorial Day Service at the Cambridge American Cemetery (Madingley, UK) was held on Monday 25 May at 11.00am

2014 : Arrival of the Florial Tributes


FOLDED WINGS – Dick Dietrick

It is with sadness we have to inform you that 489th veteran, Richard Lloyd “Dick” Dietrick, Sr passed away on Monday 2 March 2015. Dick and his wife Josie visited Halesworth in 1990 as part of the Second Air Division Reunion. Dick was a tail gunner with the 489th and flew over 30 missions, including on D-Day. We send our condolences to Josie and family.


We are very sad to inform you that 489th veteran, Robert H Gast (B-24 Pilot), passed away in October. His son Robert wrote:

“My father, Maj. Robert H. Gast, who served with the 489th Bomb Group (Heavy) at Halesworth, England during WWII, passed away on 10 October 2014 at age 94. He served part of his deployment as the 845th Sq Ops Officer. His burial included a military honour guard. He was buried with his B-24 tie clasp. … If anyone wishes to contact our family they may contact me.
Thank you,
Robert H. Gast, Jr.
Lt. Col. (Ret), USAF.”

(To contact Robert Gast, please click on ‘Contact’ button and we will forward your email.)

489th - Robert Gast, Pilot, 845th


FOLDED WINGS – Jack McMullen

It is with great sadness we inform you that our friend John K. (Jack) McMullen passed away on October 25, 2014, at the age of 92.

His son Scott, said that Jack spoke to his very last day of his proud days in the 489th Group and his service in World War II. As a young man of 22 Jack piloted a B-24 and completed 32 missions. (Please click on ‘Veterans Stories’ for more)

489th - Jack McMullen, Pilot, 844th489th - Jack McMullen, Pilot, 844th



2014 marked the 70th Anniversary of the 489th Bomb Group in Halesworth
Clik on ‘489th History’ on left-hand side of screen for campaigns, timeline etc


The Second Air Division Veterans returned to Norfolk/Suffolk with the 2AD Heritage League at the end of May 2014. We were pleased to welcome back 489th veteran Robert Hall and his family, together with Chris Clark nephew of a 489th airman who served both with the 489th and the 44th Bomb Groups. (click on ‘Veterans Return’ for full story)
2014 Remembrance Day – photos added – click on link on the left.

OPEN every Sunday afternoon and Bank Holidays between April and October

The 489th Bomb Group Collection is currently on display in the Halesworth Airfield Memorial Museum situated on Halesworth airfield next to the Holton Memorial site. This has been made possible through the generosity of Bernard Matthews PLC who have made more space available to the current Halesworth museum, and by our friends at the Halesworth museum. With the 489th Collection now on display on its own ‘home’ airfield, it is easier for local people to visit the collection. The 489th Bomb Group Collection is administered by the Friends of the 489th, Halesworth.

The Halesworth Airfield Memorial Museum is open every Sunday afternoon and Bank Holidays between April and October.

Come and see the 489th Collection alongside all the existing fascinating exhibits in the museum giving a history of the airfield and surrounding area/people during WWII. * Halesworth Airfield Museum

PLEASE NOTE: The 489th Bomb Group Museum at Hardwick is now closed.


Selection of photos showing some of the displays in the Halesworth Airfield Museum:


In September 1989, 489th veteran, Charles H Freudenthal published his book “A History of the 489th Bomb Group”. He dedicated his book, “to all those who served, in whatever rank or capacity, with the 489th Bombardment Group and its attached units, especially to those who gave their lives in the cause of freedom and human dignity.” The 489th Bomb Group Collection is dedicated to these brave people.

The 489th Bomb Group were stationed at Halesworth between April and November 1944. The Group is commemorated in Halesworth by a granite Memorial stone situated on the edge of Holton Airfield and also by a Memorial Plaque in St Peter’s Church, Holton. The 489th Bomb Group Collection of personal artefacts is currently exhibited inside the Halesworth Airfield Memorial Museum.

The 489th Bomb Group Collection consists of original WWII memorabilia mainly donated by the men of the 489th and their families. This Collection offers the visitor the opportunity to discover the history of the 489th Bomb Group, to see the uniforms they wore, the instruments they used, and to learn more about the crews and personnel of this unique group. There are many books in the collection and children are particularly welcome. These original artefacts have been placed in the care of the Friends of the 489th by our veterans or their families.


2011 489th Reunion, Dayton Ohio2011 : 489th Reunion, Dayton Ohio. Back Row: L-R Ed Brandt, Frank Bodine, Mickey Baskin, Bob Deasy, Charles Freudenthal. Front Row: L-R Joe Modrich, Marlin Gherke, John Lamar, Bill Smith.

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