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Substantial open-plan and modern styled free house set well back from road with tiled floors and decorated with photos and artefacts mainly related to the former WW2 airbase (Rougham) that was located nearby. Food is available all week (including a popular roast on Sundays) and two pleasant conservatories overlook the garden and provide excellent views of the surrounding area. The original building was much extended about 20 years ago. Although still enjoying a pleasant rural setting, in recent years the pub has enjoyed somewhat less of an isolated location as new housing of the suburbs of Bury St Edmunds has ever encroached eastwards.
Currently closed and boarded up, having been purchased by Greene King. It's believed that it will reopen as a Hungry Horse outlet.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) in the 1930s. The B-17 was subsequently used by the US Army Air Forces (USAAF) in their daylight precision strategic bombing campaign of WWII against German industrial, civilian, and military targets from 1943-45 and many were based on Suffolk airfields. Of the 1.5 million tonnes of bombs dropped on Germany by U.S. aircraft, 640,000 were dropped from B-17s. About 4,750, or one third, of B-17s built were lost in combat.