Although the legendary stories of the pilots, navigators, and gunners capture much of the attention and our imagination, throughout the war, maintenance and support personnel served the 94th with great dedication and courage. The work of the ground maintenance crews was long and hard. The constant requirement for maximum effort to prepare aircraft for battle, despite harsh weather and supply shortages was most demanding. The maintenance crews displayed great concern for the safety of the aircrews and the camaraderie was very real. Early morning departures required long hours of night work: fueling, repairing and checking aircraft. The armament and munitions people who serviced the weapons and loaded the bombs were often an unsung verse in mission accomplishment. The flight surgeon, doctors, nurses and hospital personnel were probably exposed to the ugliness of war in a degree second only to the combat crews. The chaplain and his staff were a great confront to all. They provided for spiritual needs, calming the apprehensions of the combat crew while comforting the loneliness of the guy in the motor pool, the quartermaster, transportation, administration, housekeeping, mess and mail functions. All contributed to the war effort, although many of their stories have now faded away.
As I mentioned before, the story of the 94th is just one example of the work and sacrifices that took place in World War II, and so much of it from this unassuming area we call East Anglia.