Museum receives jacket from Second World War hero

Volunteer Richard Tallent with volunteer Tony Mark and Russell Engel's dress tunic. Picture: Sophie

Volunteer Richard Tallent with volunteer Tony Mark and Russell Engel's dress tunic. Picture: Sophie Towne - Credit: Archant

A Norfolk museum has received an important piece of history from the Second World War.

The 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum at Thorpe Abbotts, near Diss received the delivery on the anniversary of when the first 100th Bomb Group personnel began arriving at the airbase.

The museum received the 100th Bomb Group Navigator Russell Engel's original leather A2 jacket and dress tunic.

Engel was wearing this jacket on a mission to Stuttgart on September 6 1943 when the plane he was flying was attacked by German fighter planes.

He was seriously wounded but helped the pilot bring the plane safely home, when the co-pilot Harry Edeburn was killed. The jacket still shows the shrapnel damage from the attack and Edeburn's blood where Engel had to manoeuvre round his dying comrade in order to navigate the aircraft.


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The items are on long term loan from Engel's son, David Engel, and Russell Engel himself who recently celebrated his 100th birthday.

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