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Andover

Military site : airfield

Andover was built in the First World War and used by the Royal Flying Corps, then the RAF. Home to the 370th Fighter Group in 1944, it was then handed back to the RAF. The airfield closed in 1976, and the site has since been used by the British Army.

Service

People

  • Oren Adams

    Military | First Lieutenant | fighter pilot | 370th Fighter Group

  • Russell Askey

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group

  • Philip Barnhart

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Left Boston aboard a converted cruise ship along with 1st Lt William 'Bill' Preddy as casual[unassigned] officers supervising a boatload of replacement troops. Due to the battle of the bulge, the delivery of the troops had a higher priority than...

  • Dean Burns

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 370th Fighter Group
    Pilot P-38 'Droop Snoot' 44-23162, flew recon of Mortain area, due to overcast reduced altitude and A/C was hit by flak in starboard engine, lost control and baled out along with Observer Major William K Collonan 2 x MIA/FOD. MACR 7862.

  • Ernest Cragg

    Military | Major | Pilot, Flight Commander, Assistant Operations Officer | 370th Fighter Group
    Ernest Cragg entered the first of the war-accelerated three-year West Point Classes, completing basic flight training by graduation. He received Advance Flight Training at Craig Field and Matagorda Island. ...

  • Herbert Forman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 370th Fighter Group
    Herbert Forman served with the 401st Fighter Squadron of the 370th Fighter Group, flying missions out of Andover, England. On 23 May 1944, he was Killed in Action flying a mission over Germany in P-38 42-68179. He is commemorated on the Tablets of the...

  • Charles Gaignat

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 370th Fighter Group
    Charles Gaignat served as a fighter pilot with the 370th Fighter Group. He was Killed in Action flying an armed reconnaissance mission on 23 July 1944. He left behind his wife Patricia and a seven-week old daughter Dawn. Chuck is buried back home in...

  • Oscar Gewinner

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 370th Fighter Group
    Bud Gewinner served as a fighter pilot of the 485th Fighter Squadron of the 370th Fighter Group. He began to keep a diary when he was went overseas on 31 January 1944, and it runs until 20 October 1944. He flew his first mission on 18 April 1944,...

  • James Kunkle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 370th Fighter Group
    James Kunkle, was a P-38 and P-51 fighter pilot credited with two aerial combat victories. He joined the 401st Fighter Squadron, 370th Group of the 9th Air Force and carried out 36 combat missions in support of the Normandy landing operations and...

  • Albert Wiest

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Repairman
    MOS: 953 - Radio Repairman, Reporting Equipment. Assigned to the 57th Signal Aircraft Warning Detachment (Close Control), Company "B", 563rd Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion.

Aircraft

  • 42-104086 'Strictly Stella's Baby' ' Lucky Lady'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major Rufus C Franklin. Re-assigned to Lt Arthur W Heiden when 'R C' was moved to HQ. Transferred to 402FS, 370FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) armed recce to Malmedy, hit by flak whilst...

  • 44-23162

    P-38 Lightning
    Point of departure was A-11 airfield, Saint-Lambert, for recon of Mortain area, due to overcast reduced altitude and was hit by flak in starboard engine, pilot lost control and both occupants baled out, one parachute snagged tailplane and went down...

  • 42-68184

    P-38 Lightning
    Built as a P-38J by Lockheed, field modified to 'Droop Snoot*' configuration as the first full prototype of type. Trials A/C, later used operationaly as well. Led formations of 20th and 44th FG P-38's on bombing raid 10-4-44. ...

  • 44-23151 'Colorado Belle'

    P-38 Lightning
    Crashed in mountainous terrain in bad weather. Converted from standard P-38J to "Droop Snoot*" 2-seater; sometimes unofficially referred to as a PB-38J. Pilot Fred W. Evans Jr and passenger killed. 14-8-45. ...

  • 44-23194 'Bomba Dear'

    P-38 Lightning
    P38J-15-LO 44-23194 coded 7F-Q 'Bomba Dear'. 401st Fighter Squadron, 370th Fighter Group, 9AF. Pilot Lt William L Swisher. ...

  • 44-72261

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 401FS, 370FG 9th AF. To Swiss AF as J-2040.

  • 44-72215

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 370FG, 9AF USAAF. Sold to Swedish Airforce.

  • 44-72322 'Nancy Lee'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 402FS, 370FG, 9AF USAAF. Sold post war to Swiss airforce, serialed J-2048.

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 Ninth Then and Now (London, 1994)

Chris Ashworth, Action Stations 9: Military Airfields of the Central South and South-east (Cambridge, 1985)

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