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Exeter

Military site : airfield

A private grass airfield 1930s, and Exeter Airport 1938-39, the airfield was also used by National Air Communications (responsible for managing civil flying at the start of the Second World War). Home to part of the Royal Aeronautical Establishment and then the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment, Exeter was also an RAF airfield RAF 1940-44, operating fighters. The Ninth Air Force's 440th Troop Carrier Group moved in in 1944, flying C-47s. From 1944-47 the base was once again an RAF station. It was Exeter (International) Airport with RAF lodgers from 1947-1995, and fully Exeter International Airport from 1974-date.

Service

People

  • James Harper

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot C-47 | 440th Troop Carrier Group
    James P. Harper - Corona - California 1st Lieutenant - 440th Troop Carrier Group - 95th Troop Carrier Squadron Pilot of C-47 #43-15073 "The SNAFU Special" He took part in airborne operations Neptune - Dragoon - Market - Repulse

  • Eugene Noble

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 440th Troop Carrier Group
    Eugene Noble was a C-47 pilot who dropped American paratroopers into Normandy on D-Day. ...

  • Robert Williams

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Served as Pilot of B-17F 41-24496 Chennault's Pappy', 306BG/423BS. His aircraft was severely damaged by attacks of FW-190 fighters near the target of St. Nazaire, France on 17-Nov-42. Despite the severe damage which killed the Top Turret Gunner and...

Aircraft

  • 43-15073 The SNAFU Special

    C-47 Skytrain
    The aircraft took part to all airborne operations in the European theater. Neptune, Dragoon, Market, Repulse, Varsity

  • 43-15087 'Lady Lillian'

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 95th Troop Carrier Squadron, 440th Troop Carrier Group, part of stick #2 on D-day piloted by Captain Matt J Luoma, dropped paratroops of 3rd Btn, 506 PIR, 101st Airborne over Normandy.

  • 42-92717 'Stoy Hora'

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 98th TCS, 440th TCG, 9AF USAAF.

Revisions

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

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / http://www.exeter-airport.co.uk/airport-war-years

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