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Erlestoke

Military site : non-airfield

The area was used for accommodation for a Liaison Squadron.

Exact location unknown.

Detailed history

Erlestoke is an attractive Wiltshire village, about 5 miles south west of Devizes. The Manor House had been requisitioned at the beginning of WW2. It was here that accommodation was found for the personnel of USAAF Liaison units using the airfield at nearby New Zealand Farm, from March to August 1944.
An American Military Hospital was also located in Erlestoke to receive war casualties.
The Manor was destroyed by fire soon after the war and the site has been developed into a prison for young offenders.

English Heritage's record description

Not yet known

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2015 10:00:40 MikeO Changes to name, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date and history
Sources

www.erlestoke.com and The Military Airfields of Britain, South-Western England, Ken Delve, The Crowood Press 2006

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

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Office of History, Headquarters Third Air Force, United States Air Forces in Europe; Installations and USAAF Combat Units in the United Kingdom 1942-1945, Revised and Expanded Edition (February1967, Revised October 1980).
John F Hamlin, Support and Strike!: A Concise History of the U.S. Ninth Air Force in Europe (Peterborough, 1991).

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