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Aerial photograph of C-47 Skytrains, B-24 Liberators and Gliders at the 2nd Base Air Depot at Warton, January 1945



  • Base Air Depot 2

    Base Air Depot 2

    During 1942 to 1945 Warton Aerodrome was Base Air Depot No. 2, Station 582 of the U.S. 8th Air Force. In the three years it was active it processed over 10,000 aircraft and saw over 45,000 aircraft movements. Every type of American aircraft used in the...


  • Charles Craig

    Military | Sergeant | Jeep driver
    Sergeant Charles Wallace Craig was a member of the US 45th Infantry Division. During the war he served in Italy, France and Germany. His feet were frozen in the Vosges Mountains and he was evacuated to Base Air Depot #2 near Warton in January 1945. ...


  • Warton

    Military site : airfield
    Built as a satellite airfield for Squires Gate, it was earmarked for US use even before America entered the Second World War. Its location made it ideal for use as a depot station, where incoming US aircraft could be processed and moved on to active...


Date Contributor Update
10 March 2015 11:13:53 Emily Created entry with caption, unit associations and place associations

Image courtesy of Wallace Craig, who's father assembled gliders and drove trucks at BAD 2 after the end of the war.