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Twinwood Farm

Military site : airfield

Detailed history

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English Heritage's record description

A former World War Two military airfield, opened in 1941 and closed in 1945. The wartime airfield originally was a grass landing ground but three concrete runways were soon laid and it was equipped with six Blister aircraft hangars. There was temprary accommodation for 928 and 150 female personnel. The airfield was protected by defensive installations. It functioned as a satellite airfield for Cranfield and was mainly used by training units such as Number 14 Flying Training School and Operational Training Units attached to Fighter Command. Twinwood is famous as being the departure point for Glen Miller's ill fated flight to Paris on 15th December 1944: the American UC-64 Norseman aircraft went missing along with its crew. In June 2002 a museum in the renovated wartime control tower was opened with a display of military aviation artefacts and particularly artefacts relating to the life and disappearance of Glenn Miller. Part of the airfield is also an arena which is a venue for concerts.

Service

Units

  • 417th Night Fighter Squadron

    417th Night Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 417th Night Fighter Squadron was activated 20 February 1943. After organisation and training at Kissimmee Air Base near Orlando, Florida, the 417th departed for oversees duty on 5 May 1943 on the Queen Elizabeth, arriving in Scotland six days...

People

  • Harry Dulick

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 27th Air Transport Group
    On a ferry flight to King's Cliffe on 29 Jan 1944, the right engine on P-38J #42-67873 quit and on approach to RAF Twinwood Farm the left engine quit and a wheels up landing was made. RTD.

  • Alton Miller

    Military | Major | Band Leader, Entertainer
    Glenn Miller enlisted in the US Army Air Force in 1942 leaving behind a successful music career. He was appointed as a Captain in the Army Specialist Corps and specialized in raising soldiers' morale through music. Miller organized the Glenn Miller...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 December 2019 11:41:07 Emily Changes to known as, history, english heritage description and person associations
Sources

Historic England National Monument Record Number TL 05 NW 63

Date Contributor Update
29 October 2014 12:59:40 Lucy May Changes to history
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