392nd Bomb Group
During the Second World War the American Airforce 392nd Bombardment Group were based at RAF Wendling on the outskirts of Beeston. Whilst the airfield was named after the nearest train station in our neighbouring village, it was Beeston public houses, including the Ploughshare, that the American airmen frequented.
The 392nd played a crucial role in the war, with its B-24 Liberator crews highly decorated and performing missions across Europe, from Norway to Southern France.
Only fragments of the airfield remain, having been closed in the 1960s, but photos of the servicemen and women still stand in the Ploughshare to this day. Some say the pub is home to a ghost of one of the 843 airmen who gave their lives.