RAF Metfield was in the 8th Air Force, and was the home of both a fighter group and bombers. The 353rd Fighter Group flew P-47D’s, but they moved out just prior to D-Day. Then came the 491st Bombardment Group, equipped with B-24’s. The group was unusual in that their ground equipment was collected from other units. The 491st Bomb Group bomb dump exploded in July, 1944, when 1,200 tons of high explosive and incendiary bombs mysteriously detonated and created a large crater still visible on the landscape today. At one time the lake was filled with all manner of WW2-era junk.
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