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Rougham Flying Fortress

Rougham Flying Fortress

North, 52.248085,0.75891

Closed after 2000

opened 1988

Mount Road, IP31 2QU

grid reference TL 884 646

Substantial open-plan & modern styled free house set well back from road with tiled floors & decorated with photos & artefacts mainly related to the former WW2 airbase (Rougham) that was located nearby. Food is available all week (including a popular roast on Sundays) & two pleasant conservatories overlook the garden & provide excellent views of the surrounding area. The original building was much extended about 20 years ago. Although still enjoying a pleasant setting, in recent years the pub has enjoyed somewhat less of a rural location as new housing of the suburbs of Bury St Edmunds has encroached eastwards. Photographs of this pub and more historical information about it can be found at suffolk.camra.org.uk/pub/334

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Footnote

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) in the 1930s. The B-17 was subsequently used by the US Army Air Forces (USAAF) in their daylight precision strategic bombing campaign of WWII against German industrial, civilian, and military targets from 1943-45 and many were based on Suffolk airfields. Of the 1.5 million tonnes of bombs dropped on Germany by U.S. aircraft, 640,000 were dropped from B-17s. About 4,750, or one third, of B-17s built were lost in combat.

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

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