100th Bomb Group veterans visit RAF Mildenhall, former World War II bases

Veterans of the 100th Bombardment Group (Heavy), Master Sgt. (retired) Dewey Christopher, center, and Staff Sgt (retired) Joe Urice, right, prepare to lay a wreath May 10, 2017, at Parham Airfield Museum, Framlingham, Suffolk. The 100th Bomb Group veterans visited England with family members and others from the 100th BG Foundation as part of the 100th anniversary of the 100th BG and 25th anniversary of the 100th Air Refueling Wing and toured former East Anglian World War II bases including Thorpe Abbots, Horham and Rattlesden. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere)

Veterans of the 100th Bombardment Group (Heavy), Master Sgt. (retired) Dewey Christopher, center, and Staff Sgt (retired) Joe Urice, right, prepare to lay a wreath May 10, 2017, at Parham Airfield Museum, Framlingham, Suffolk. The 100th Bomb Group veterans visited England with family members and others from the 100th BG Foundation as part of the 100th anniversary of the 100th BG and 25th anniversary of the 100th Air Refueling Wing and toured former East Anglian World War II bases including Thorpe Abbots, Horham and Rattlesden. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere)

A plaque commemorating those who served as part of the 390th Bombardment Group (Heavy) who gave their lives between 1943 and 1945 is on display May 10, 2017, at the Parham Airfield Museum, near Framlingham, Suffolk. World War II veterans from the 100th Bombardment Group (Heavy), their families and other members of the 100th BG Foundation visited RAF Mildenhall and and toured former East Anglian World War II bases including Thorpe Abbots, Horham and Rattlesden. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere)

A plaque commemorating those who served as part of the 390th Bombardment Group (Heavy) who gave their lives between 1943 and 1945 is on display May 10, 2017, at the Parham Airfield Museum, near Framlingham, Suffolk. World War II veterans from the 100th Bombardment Group (Heavy), their families and other members of the 100th BG Foundation visited RAF Mildenhall and and toured former East Anglian World War II bases including Thorpe Abbots, Horham and Rattlesden. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere)

Ron Batley, left, 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum curator, presents a gift to U.S. Air Force Col. Thomas Torkelson, 100th Air Refueling Wing commander, during the 100th BG Heritage Trail event May 10, 2017, at Thorpe Abbots, England. The gift was a piece of asphalt from the original runway at Thorpe Abbots, fixed to a board which was part of an old Nissen hut once on the home of the 100th BG. Veterans of the 100th BG and their families, along with Team Mildenhall members, spent the day visiting former East Anglian bases in Horham, Parham, and Thorpe Abbots. The 100th BGF members also visited RAF Mildenhall, Madingley American Cemetary and Duxford War Museum during their trip to celebrate the 100th BG’s 75th anniversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere)

Ron Batley, left, 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum curator, presents a gift to U.S. Air Force Col. Thomas Torkelson, 100th Air Refueling Wing commander, during the 100th BG Heritage Trail event May 10, 2017, at Thorpe Abbots, England. The gift was a piece of asphalt from the original runway at Thorpe Abbots, fixed to a board which was part of an old Nissen hut once on the home of the 100th BG. Veterans of the 100th BG and their families, along with Team Mildenhall members, spent the day visiting former East Anglian bases in Horham, Parham, and Thorpe Abbots. The 100th BGF members also visited RAF Mildenhall, Madingley American Cemetary and Duxford War Museum during their trip to celebrate the 100th BG’s 75th anniversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere)

Staff Sgt. (retired) Joe Urice, 100th Bombardment Group (Heavy) veteran and former B-17 tailgunner, signs his name on the “Heroes Wall of Fame” May 10, 2017, at Parham Airfield Museum, England. The museum is one of many around East Anglia dedicated to the men who served during World War II.  Veterans of the 100th BG and their families, along with Team Mildenhall members, spent the day visiting former East Anglian bases in Horham, Parham and Thorpe Abbots. The 100th BGF members also visited RAF Mildenhall, Madingley American Cemetery and Duxford War Museum during their trip to celebrate the 100th BG’s 75th anniversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere)

Staff Sgt. (retired) Joe Urice, 100th Bombardment Group (Heavy) veteran and former B-17 tailgunner, signs his name on the “Heroes Wall of Fame” May 10, 2017, at Parham Airfield Museum, England. The museum is one of many around East Anglia dedicated to the men who served during World War II. Veterans of the 100th BG and their families, along with Team Mildenhall members, spent the day visiting former East Anglian bases in Horham, Parham and Thorpe Abbots. The 100th BGF members also visited RAF Mildenhall, Madingley American Cemetery and Duxford War Museum during their trip to celebrate the 100th BG’s 75th anniversary. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere)

RAF MILDENHALL, England -- Veterans of the 100th Bombardment Group (Heavy), Master Sgt. (retired) Dewey Christopher, center, and Staff Sgt (retired) Joe Urice, right, prepare to lay a wreath May 10, 2017, at Parham Airfield Museum, Framlingham, Suffolk. The 100th Bomb Group veterans visited England with family members and others from the 100th BG Foundation as part of the 100th anniversary of the 100th BG and 25th anniversary of the 100th Air Refueling Wing and toured former East Anglian World War II bases including Thorpe Abbots, Horham and Rattlesden. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere)