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Holmsley South

Military site : airfield

Built during 1941-42, Holmsley South opened in September 1942 as a Coastal Command base before construction was complete. It eventually had three concrete runways, 35 pan and three loop hardstandings, and five T2 hangars. The 1st American residents, during October-November 1942, were B-24s from the 330th Bomb Squadron of the 93rd Bomb Group, Eighth Air Force, detached to boost anti-submarine patrols over the Bay of Biscay. The station was an RAF anti-submarine and anti-shipping base during 1942-43, and then a fighter base from January to June 1944 when it was handed over to the Ninth Air Force. It was occupied from July to August 1944 by the 394th Bomb Group, equipped with B-26s. Re-occupied by the RAF as a transport base from September 1944, the station closed in October 1946. After standing derelict until the 1950s, much of the airfield became a Forestry Commission project near the New Forest and the rest of the site returned to agriculture. Although small sections of runways and hardstandings remain, most of the concrete areas have been removed along with the buildings. Public camping sites and a caravan park have been created on some of the hardstandings.

Service

Units

People

  • Donald Aggers

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Toggelier | 394th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 586BS, 394BG, 9AF USAAF. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korean medals.

  • William Ardiff

    Military | Sergeant | Radio / Gunner | 394th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 586BS, 394BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew #4.

  • Henry Birtcher

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio / Gunner | 394th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 586BS, 394BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew #4.

  • Leslie Brock

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 394th Bomb Group
    Assigned 586BS, 394BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew #4.

  • Bob Kiriakides

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 394th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 586BS, 394BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew #2.

  • Charles Lipscomb

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio-Waist Gunner | 394th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 586 and 587BS, 394BG, 9AF USAAF. ...

  • Harold Noelting

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 394th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 584BS, 394BG, 9AF USAAF. Crashed on takeoff, unable to escape wreck of B-26 42-96267 21-Sep-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (5OLC), PH.

  • Richard Rechif

    Military | Captain | Pilot B-26 | 394th Bomb Group
    Captain Richard H Rechif piloted 65 missions in the European Campaign

  • James Sauers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 394th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 586BS, 394BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew #2.

  • William Shipman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 394th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 586BS, 394BG, 9AF USAAF. Crew #4.

Aircraft

  • 42-107604

    B-26 Marauder
    9th AF / 394th BG / 585th BS - (RAF Holmsley South) ...

  • 42-96056 'Homesick Angel'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 586BS, 394BG, 9AF USAAF. Damaged beyond economical repair by explosion of crashed B-26 42-96267 21-Sep-44. Salvaged.

  • 42-96267

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 584BS, 394BG, 9AF USAAF. Fatal crash, hit prop wash on take off, stalled and crashed onto the runway, shortly thereafter exploding. Pilot Lt Howard I Davis. 5 x RTD, 1 x KIA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978)

Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Ninth Then and Now (London, 1994)

Chris Ashworth, Action Stations 5: Military Airfields of the South-West (London, 1982) +

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Holmsley_South

http://web.archive.org/web/20080512011312/http://www.danhamblin.btintern...

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