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Abbots Ripton

Military site : non-airfield

Strategic Air Depots were given separate station numbers to avoid confusion with the main airfield operation; the 2nd Strategic Air Depot, originally at Little Staughton, moved to Alconbury in March 1944 as that airfield, well served by road and rail, was developed; built to the east of the main Alconbury perimeter taxiway it was self-contained with its own tracks, hardstanding and workshops; such depots existed to maintain, supply and salvage aircraft of Air Force Combat Units; 3000 personnel assigned. Alconbury ceased operations during 1990s and Abbots Ripton buildings and site currently house commercial industries.

Detailed history

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English Heritage's record description

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Service

Aircraft

  • 41-24484 'The Bad Egg'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-C] Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 1/10/42; on return from Cognac 43+m 31/12/43, diverted through weather to Gt Dunmow, Andrews Field, then Hunsdon Afd, with Hilary Evers, Co-pilot: Paul McDuffee, Navigator: Frank Keneley,...

  • 41-24639 'Careful Virgin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/9/42; Boise 16/9/42; wrecked on landing with broken crankshaft, rep; Cheyenne 11/10/42; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-W] Bassingbourn 29/1/43 and first in group to have AFCE fitted at 2 SAD Lt Staughton 8/3/44; transferred 7/5/44 50+m...

  • 42-102519

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/3/44; Kearney 6/4/44; Grenier 11/4/44; Assigned 600BS/398BG [N8-A] Nuthampstead 6/5/44; 601BG; Missing in Action 4/3/45 with Hoelzel, AOC 12/3/45; transferred 2 SAD Abbotts Ripton and ret group

  • 42-102568

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; Grenier 15/4/44; Assigned 603BS/398BG [N7-N] Nuthampstead 28/4/44; 602BS [K8-N]; was on weather flight 28/10/44 with Lt K.S. Hastings, crash landed base; Salvaged 2 SAD Abbotts Ripton 29/10/44.

  • 42-102592

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Kearney 5/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 600BS/398BG [N8-G] Nuthampstead 28/4/44; returning from aborted mission with severe oil leak and crash landed base with Lee Hicks 28/1/45; to 2 SAD Abbotts Ripton 29/1/45; Salvaged 8...

  • 42-102593

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Dow Fd 6/4/44; Assigned 602BS/398BG [K8-G] Nuthampstead 3/5/44; out on mission 13/1/45 with J.T. Shafer, AOC 15/1/45; re-ass from 2 SAD Abbotts Ripton 26/2/45; RAF Valley 2/6/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 7...

  • 42-102596 Doodit

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Grenier 14/4/44; Assigned 601BS/398BG [3O-N] Nuthampstead 28/4/44; after mission 23/2/45 with Green was AOC 23/2/45; re-ass from 2 SAD Abbotts Ripton 4/4/45; RAF Valley 1/6/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 4/6...

  • 42-107043 "Fitch's Bandwagon"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 4/2/44; Grenier 2/3/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-B] Deenethorpe 23/3/44; problem on t/o for Pas de Calais 3/6/44 with Larry Fitchett, Co-pilot: Bruce Campbell, Navigator: Larrt Pfeiffer, Bombardier: Louis Sanchez, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-107139

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 4/3/44; Rapid City 13/3/44; Dow Fd 28/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 1/5/44; no ops, transferred 366BS/305BG [KY-J] Chelveston 3/5/44; Salvaged 2 SAD Abbotts Ripton 4/7/44 after electrical problems; 388BG Knettishall 5/44; Salvaged...

  • 42-30039 'Liberty Belle'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/4/43; Sioux City 14/4/43; Kearney 3/5/43; Dow Fd 24/5/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-Q] in US; transferred 544BS/384BG [SU-H] Grafton Underwood 29/5/43; 2 SAD Lt Staughton 14/8/43; transferred Aphrodite Project 803BS RCM Knettishall 1...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2016 16:47:58 Paul Bellamy Changes to name, number, latitude and longitude
Sources

2SAD records (AFHRA via ARG Archive)

Date Contributor Update
27 February 2015 00:58:47 Paul Bellamy Changes to history
Sources

On-site observation

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

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / M. Bowman, USAAF Handbook - 1939-1945 (Sutton Publishing Ltd, Stroud, 1997)

Roger Freeman, The Mighty Eighth War Manual (London, 1991)

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