Unveiling the War Memorial
NEW YOXFORD BOYS PHOTO OF THE MONTH
To see many past photos of The Yoxford Boys click on the links below
ZEPPELIN L48 PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Imperial War Museum photo of State Loan Money found in the pocket of a dead crewmember of L48
To see many more past photos of Zeppelin L48 clink on these links below
Top L to r..Mrs: Parnell Trumpeter Wright Spalding Fairweather [Webster?]
2nd row : Rope Walker Mason Ling Driver ..Evie Gissing. Cook. Freda Gissing
Front left : Tibbenham and right Baker
Those wishing to research the early history of Theberton will find scant references in the usual sources and even less for Eastbridge. However, we are better served in the more modern era and the recent past. These resources are listed below:
"The Chronicles of Theberton" by Henry M Doughty pub. Macmillan 1910..250 pages 11 illustrations..... but expect to pay about £40 from good second-hand dealer
"God's Fugitive" the life of C.M.Doughty (author of "Travels in Arabia Desert")by Andrew Taylor 1999 pub. Flamingo
"Theberton in the 1840's a snapshot of village
life in rural Suffolk" Suzanna Burnay, Sigma Books
2002. A 63page booklet of local registers and field
owners etc. (no photos) £4-99.
Allan Jobson of Middleton wrote many factual books of local interest, involving Theberton & Eastbridge
"The Minsmere Scrapbook" Hilary Welch 2000 is a nice booklet of memories and photos..from R.S.P.B.
Longshop Museum Leiston
(has a display of L48 artifacts alongside its main attractions.)
J.S. Waddell of Leiston was a prolific producer of local cards and many of his are readily obtainable.
Both "The Eel's Foot" Eastbridge and the "Lion" Theberton have excellent wall displays of local photos. Click below to read about Jumbo Brightwell and others singing at the "Eel's Foot" in the old days.Jumbo at the "Eel's Foot"
ZEPPELIN L48 (LZ95)
The Zeppelin that was shot down and crashed in flames at Holly Tree Farm, Theberton on June 17th 1917 with 2 crewmen surviving is a major interest to local historians.
"The Zeppelin War" by Neil Faulkner £17 99 pub. Tempus Books
"The last flight of the L48" by Ray Rimell. The true story of Theberton's Zeppelin. pub. Windsock Datafile, 2006. 26 pages many photos £9 - 50.
Mark Mower's " Zeppelin over Suffolk..the final raid of the L48" @ £12.99
[with over 50 photos]
Zeppelin Over Suffolk tells the remarkable story of the destruction of a German airship over East Anglia in 1917. The drama is set against the backdrop of Germany's aerial bombing campaign on Britain in the First World War, using a terrifying new weapon, the Zeppelin. The course of the raid on that summer night is reconstructed in vivid detail, moment by moment - the Zeppelin's take off from northern Germany, its slow journey across the North Sea, the bombing run along the East Anglian coast, the pursuit by British fighters high over Suffolk, and the airship's final moments as it fell to earth in flames near the village of Theberton in the early morning of 17 June 1917. Mark Mower gives a gripping account of a pivotal episode in the pioneering days of the air war over England.
Theberton Airfield - 357th - Yoxford Boys
Where were they? See map below..
What's their story? Look on the Friends of Leiston Airfield [F.O.L.A] website..click below...
Friends of Leiston Airfield Website
Who were they? ..read on below
"The Yoxford Boys"Merle Olmsted.1971 pub. Aero
"The 357th Over Europe" ditto 1994 pub.Phalanx
"To War with the Yoxford Boys" ditto 2004
pub.Eagl. the 376 page masterwork
"357th Fighter Group" James Roeder 2000 pub. Squadron Signal -excellent for modellers.
"90 Miles to War" Peter Saunders of F.O.L.A., 2000
"Leiston - memories of a Suffolk Airfield" F.O.L.A.
"To Fly and Fight" by "Bud" Anderson 1990
pub. Pacifica Press.
"Yeager" by "Chuck" Yeager 1990 paperback
"Mustang Aces of the 357thFighter Group" by Chris Bucholtz £12-99
Bud Anderson's Website
Chuck Yeager's Website
USAF 357th Yoxford Boys Website