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B-17 Sally-B over historic former airfield near Horsham

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People living close to Coolham in Horsham District were thrilled to see Sally B, the last remaining airworthy B-17 in Europe, circling the site of the former historic airfield RAF Coolham last week.

During the Second World War, RAF Coolham was an Advanced Landing Ground built as a temporary facility to support the D-Day landings. The airfield site now contains fields of crops which give little clue to the site's significance. However, the public footpath along the airfield perimeter includes memorial trees, spaced at regular intervals, each containing a plaque commemorating an airman who died while serving at RAF Coolham.

Horsham-based Fact Not Fiction Films recently began shooting the first scenes of 'Angel Fleet', their latest short film that pays homage to lost aircrew. 

One of the scenes involved several circuits and low flypasts of the Sally B over the Coolham set.

By Gavin Hewins | July 3, 2022, 8:30 p.m.

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