Bungay (Flixton) - Station 125 - Murals
Whilst a great deal has been recorded about nose-art on U.S.
aircraft, and also the images painted on aircrew jackets, it is
only in recent years that the importance of the murals and
graffiti surviving in buildings on former U.S. bases has been
Numerous buildings once within 8th and 9th
USAAF bases survive in East Anglia.
Some have been restored and put to good use, whilst
others continue to linger on in reasonable condition; many
others are in a very poor state and probably won’t last for many
Murals, graffiti and other artwork can still be found in such
buildings and they will certainly survive where a museum
occupies them, or the landowner takes care not to damage their
surroundings or change their environment.
Surviving buildings on the former Bungay airfield are all
on private land and fall mainly into the latter category.
Some images have been lost over the years - fragments of
paint can be detected on walls without a clear outline - but
many are still clearly recognisable.
Humour was often the motive for the artist, nostalgia for
home, and also pride in their units; the Bungay murals fall into
all these categories.
Whilst some of the images shown are not perfectly clear,
and others are partly obscured, they have been included for
murals may still lie undetected beneath a coating of whitewash.
When the 446th Bomb Group USAAF left Bungay airfield,
the Fleet Air Arm took over for several months (HMS
Europa II), followed
then by a Maintenance Unit of the Royal Air Force.
At least two of the images are British artwork examples:
one depicts a British sailor swimming underwater with a mermaid
- his hat floating on the surface - and another of a serviceman
in football strip giving instructions on where “the gear” should
See also our
webpage on the bricks rescued from the
Maltings at Ditchingham.
"Kickin' Ass" (Partly obscured)
List of PX services
Orders about stowing gear (from FAA days)
Mermaid with British Sailor (from FAA days)
Dancing bikini girl
The shape of individual States of the U.S. are painted as a
frieze, at head height around one of the rooms. On closer
inspection of each image, the names of personnel have been
added, along with a location dot and the name of a city or town
- these are in pencil.
Map of the US
An image of a mermaid surrounded by exotic fish (artist George P
Hutschenreuter) was rescued from a 446th billet by
the owner before it was demolished some years ago and he donated
it to us - this is displayed in our 446th BG
collection. George had
occupied the billet in WWII - once his artistic skills were
revealed he was soon in great demand.
examples of US “pop art” have also been donated and are on
permanent display in our Ken Wallis Hall - they were rescued
from a building on Raydon airfield (Station 157) many years ago and had been
in storage with the IWM Duxford.