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Dunkeswell

Military site : airfield

Elements of the 479th Antisubmarine Group - the 4th and 19th Squadrons - were lodger units here in 1943. The US Navy's Fleet Air Wing 7 began Bay of Biscay operations in 1943 and took over the station in 1944. It was returned to the RAF 1945-49.

Detailed history

To discover the stories of the only American naval airbase in Britain during WW2 through video interviews and archive material visit http://www.dunkeswellwarstories.com/

English Heritage's record description

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Service

People

  • Donald Bowsman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radar Operator | 479th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 8-Aug-43 in B-24D 42-40555, 479th ASG/4th ASSwhile serving as Radar Operator. Aircraft was shot down by an enemy fighter NW of Cabo Ortegal, Spain while on an anti-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay. Member of an...

  • John Carrick

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 479th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 8-Aug-43 in B-24D 42-40555, 479th ASG; 4th ASS while serving as Bombardier. Aircraft wad shot down by enemy aircraft NW of Cabo Ortegal, Spain. Member of an antisubmarine squadron that was in the 8th 3 months and then transferred...

  • Robert Dodd

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 479th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 8-Aug-43 in B-24D 42-40555, 479th ASG, 4th ASS while serving as Radio Operator/Gunner. Aircraft was shot down by an enemy fighter NW of Cabo Ortegal, Spain while on an anti-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay. Member of an...

  • Norman Evensen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 479th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) On 8-Sep-43 in B-24D 42-40690 479ASG/4ASS while serving as Bombardier the aircraft was shot down into the Bay of Biscay while on an anti-submarine patrol. 3 crewmen were rescued by Air-Sea Rescue but 7 others perished in the sea.

  • Edward Finneburgh

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 479th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 8 September 1943 B-24D 42-40790, 479ADG/4ASS while serving as Pilot the aircraft was shot down by German fighters over the Bay of Biscay. 3 crew members were rescued. Member of an antisubmarine squadron that was in the 8th AF 3...

  • LeRoy Footh

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 479th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) on 8 September 1943 in B-24D 42-40790, 479ASG/4ASS while serving as Tail Gunner. The aircraft was shot down by German fighters over the Bay of Biscay while on an anti-submarine patrol. 3 crew members were rescued, but 7 others...

  • Ivon Ford

    Military | Corporal | Special Vehicle Operator

  • Cornelius George

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 479th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 8-Aug-42 in B-24D 42-40555 479th ASG/4th ASS while serving as Co-Pilot. Aircraft was shot down NW of Cabo Ortegal, Spain while on anit-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay. Member of an antisubmarine squadron that was in the...

  • George Good

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 479th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA)8-Aug-43 in B-24D 42-40555, 479th ASG/4th ASS while serving as Navigator. Aircraft was shor down by enemy aircraft NW of Cabo Ortegal, Spain while on anit-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay. Member of an antisubmarine...

  • Deckerd Gray

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 479th Anti-Submarine Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) 8-Aug-43 in B-24D 42-40555, 479th ASG/4th ASS while serving as Radio Operator. Aircraft was shot down be eney aircraft NW of Cabo Ortegal, Spain while on an anti-submarine patrol of the Bay of Biscay. Member of an antisubmarine...

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Aircraft

  • 42-40555

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D-70-CO 42-40555 from 479th Air Service Group (anti-submarine)/ 4th Air Service Squadron was shot down by Hptm Grahl, Stab V/KG40 north-west of Cabo Ortegal, Spain while flying an anti-submarine partol over the Bay of Biscay. All ten airmen were...

  • 42-40790

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D-100-CO 42-40790 was assigned to the 479th Anti-Submarine Group/4th Anti-Submarine Squadron at Dunkeswell, UK. On 8-Sep-43 the aircraft was shot down by German fighters while on anti-submarine ptraol over the Bay of Biscay. The air craft crashed...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 October 2014 10:32:30 Lucy May Changes to description and history
Sources

Dunkeswell War Stories was created on behalf of Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (http://www.blackdownhillsaonb.org.uk/) by NavMotion (http://navmotion.com/welcome).

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

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Chris Ashworth, Action Stations 5: Military Airfields of the South-West (Cambridge, 1982)

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