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Little Staughton

Military site : airfield

Built during 1941-42 potentially as a USAAF bomber base, Little Staughton had three concrete runways, 37 hardstandings, two dispersed T2 hangars and eight Robin hangars. Occupied temporarily from December 1942 by the Advanced Air Depot of the 1st Bomb Wing, it was a maintenance base for B-17 bombers from January 1943 until February 1944. Transferred to the RAF in March 1944, it operated as a bomber base until October 1945, and briefly as a transport base until closed and placed on Care and Maintenance in December 1945. The main runway was extended during the 1950s to provide a jet emergency-landing facility for the USAFE, but that was discontinued by the late 1950s. Other post-war use of the airfield included a Brooklands Aviation repair depot. Although largely returned to agriculture and also used by light industry, part of the wartime site remains a private airfield.

Service

Units

Aircraft

  • 42-29890 Stupifier

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/3/43; Sioux City 20/3/43; Kearney 9/4/43; Bangor 14/4/43; Assigned 525BS/379BG [FR-E] Kimbolton 22/4/43; then 526BS [LF-J]; battle damaged Anklam 9/10/43 crash landed base near base on return, with Wayne Maresh, Co-pilot: Frank...

  • 42-30148 The BIGASSBIRD

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/4/43; Smoky Hill 24/4/43; Walla Walla 30/4/43; Smoky Hill 21/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 8AF.... crash landed Lt Staughton 12/6/43 with unknown crew; Salvaged NBD 14/7/43. THE BIG ASS BIRD

  • 42-5393 'Just For Laughs' aka 'Little Woman' aka 'Thumper Again'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 29/11/42; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Molesworth 25/2/43; took off from RAF Kenley following previous day’s raid, but involved in landing accident at RAF North Luffenham after getting lost en route to base 15/10/43;...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Manual (2nd edn, London, 2001)

Michael Bowyer, Action Stations 1: Wartime Military Airfields of East Anglia 1939-1945 (Cambridge, 1979)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Little_Staughton

http://wikimapia.org/5161802/Former-RAF-Little-Staughton

http://www.abct.org.uk/airfields/little-staughton-ii-staughton-moor

http://www.derelictplaces.co.uk/main/showthread.php?t=12497

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