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Airspeed Oxford W6554, assigned to 44BW, 8AF USAAF.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • Headquarters (44th Bomb Group)


  • Clyde Owens

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    9/15/43 accident on runway at Aldermaston in Oxford II W6554.


  • Aldermaston

    Military site : airfield
    Aldermaston was built for RAF use in 1941-1942, and handed over to the Eighth Air Force in 1942. It was home to several Troop Carrier Groups, and became an airfield of the Ninth Air Force in 1943. Handed back to the RAF in 1945, it was placed on Care...


Event Location Date
Crashed Aldermaston, Reading, West Berkshire RG7, UK 15 September 1943

Take Off accident Aldermaston/Sta 467 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Albert H Near, 15-Sep-43.

Hq 44BW 8


Date Contributor Update
05 February 2016 13:30:07 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations