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Dayton in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Belly Tank

 
 
The Belly Tank Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, February 28, 2018
1. The Belly Tank Marker
Inscription.
The Belly Tank
This Nissen Hut is one of the British temporary structures that
served the Allied Forces in England in WWII for housing, administrative and work shops.
It was erected by the Royal Air Force near Saffron Walden, Essex, England on the Debden Aerodrome which became the home of the 4th Fighter Group, 8th AF, U.S. Air Force from 1942 to 1945. It served as the off duty gathering place for enlisted men of the 4th Group, and was known as The “Belly Tank.”
The 4th Fighter Group participated in six campaigns in the European Theater and was officially credited with the destruction of 1017 enemy aircraft.
The Association of the 4th Fighter Group pays homage to the RAF for donating the hut to the U.S. Air Force Museum, and to the museum for its erection and reconstruction.

Dedicated
June 18, 1983

 
Erected 1983 by The Association of the 4th Fighter Group.
 
Location. 39° 47.042′ N, 84° 6.541′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Springfield Street and Bong Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located next to the National Museum of the United
The Belly Tank Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, February 28, 2018
2. The Belly Tank Marker
The brick entrance was added when the hut was erected at the Air Force Museum.
States Air Force. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 Spaatz Street, Dayton OH 45433, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. American Air Forces in England, WWII (here, next to this marker); 8th Air Force Control Tower (a few steps from this marker); 44th Bomb Group (H) (approx. 0.3 miles away); "The Mighty Eighth" (approx. 0.3 miles away); China Burma India Hump Aircrews (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fourth Fighter Group Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Order of Daedalians (approx. 0.3 miles away); 353rd Fighter Group (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Nissen hut on Wikipedia. (Submitted on March 12, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. RAF Debden, American Air Museum in Britain. (Submitted on March 12, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
3. RAF Debden on Wikipedia. (Submitted on March 12, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. War, World II
 
The Belly Tank Nissen Hut image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, February 28, 2018
3. The Belly Tank Nissen Hut
The Nissen Hut was designed during World War I and thousands were produced in England during World War II. It was smaller than the familiar American Quonset Hut.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 12, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 12, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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