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Middle Wallop

Military site : airfield

Planned as an RAF bomber station with a grass airfield, concrete perimeter track and hardstandings, Middle Wallop opened as a training base in April 1940, before construction was complete. Used as an RAF day-fighter and night-fighter base during 1940-43, the station was allocated to the Eighth Air Force during August-September 1942 as a potential fighter base, but was never occupied by Eighth Air Force units. The airfield was improved in 1942 with two Sommerfeld Track runways, when dispersals included nine small pens and 16 double pens. By 1943, when the station was transferred to the Ninth Air Force, the original five C hangars had been supplemented by 16 blister hangars. HQ IX Fighter Command occupied the station from November 1943 to July 1944, as did the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group equipped with Spitfires, P-51s and F-5s. HQ XIX Air Support Command was also resident from January to July 1944. Returned to the RAF in July 1944, the station again became briefly a night-fighter base and then a fighter servicing base until taken over by the Royal Navy during 1945-46. Again a multi-role RAF station from 1946 to 1957, it was transferred to the Army Air Corps (AAC) in 1958 and has since been home to HQ AAC and the Army Aviation Centre. It has also been home since 1987 to the Museum of Army Flying.

Service

Units

People

  • William Dooley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Photo Interpreter | 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group
    From Bill's son: ...

  • Benjamin Kelsey

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot/Test Pilot/Staff Officer | 14th Fighter Group
    New York Times Obituary ...

  • Ralph Knoebel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 10th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    Ralph served as a pilot in the 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron of the 10th Photo Recon Group out of Middle Wallop, England. On 22 June 1944, he was shot down flying F-6 42-103378 fifteen miles west of St Quentin, France and was Killed in Action....

  • Salvatore Mecca

    Military | First Lieutenant | 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group
    Salvatore Mecca from Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, served with the 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron in Europe. He died of wounds on 15 July 1944 and is buried in Normandy American Cemetery.

  • Albert Pfleger

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group
    Pfleger served with the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group during the Second World War. On 24 January 1944, he was involved in a ground accident in his F-6 Mustang at Middle Wallop. ...

  • Howard Rowell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group
    Howard Rowell served as a pilot with the 109th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. ...

  • Bertram Schauer

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Mechanic/Crew Chief | 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group
    Bert was a Mechanic/Crew Chief in the 109th. stationed in England from April 1942 to March 1944. His duties were to maintain the unit assigned aircraft which included Spitfire MkVBs on loan from the RAF and later they had P-51B aircraft. Both types of...

  • Clifford Slonneger

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group
    Lt. Slonneger was killed instantly in a flight maneuvers crash at 10,000 feet near Atlanta, Georgia. In Europe during World War II, he flew with the 109th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 9th Air Force. He was a P-51 pilot, veteran of 54 missions over...

  • Charles Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group
    Assigned to 107TRS, 67TRG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) visual recon mission to Aachen, Germany. Last heard of chasing a lone Fw190 and closing on him. Presumed either hit by flak or bounced and shot down. 23-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

  • 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

  • 42-103211 'Phyllis'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 15TCS, 10PRG, 9AF USAAF. Lost to flak on 24-Dec-44 near Bastogne. 2Lt Alfred R. Tenny was KIA (MACR 11426).

  • 42-103226

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 107TRS, 67TRG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) visual recon mission to Aachen, Germany. Last heard of chasing a lone Fw190 and closing on him. Presumed either hit by flak or bounced and shot down. 23-Dec-44 Pilot 1Lt Charles J Smith...

  • EN-564

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire EN564 Mk LFIX, Const #4130, Built at Rolls Royce Hucknall. ...

  • 42-103206

    P-51 Mustang

  • P8920

    Oxford
    Airspeed Oxford P8920, assigned to Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron, 9th Air Force USAAF.

  • T1377

    Oxford
    Airspeed Oxford T1377, assigned to HQ Sqn, 67th Reconnaissance Group later 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 9AF USAAF.

  • T1377

    Oxford
    Airspeed Oxford T1377, assigned to HQ Sqn, 67th Recon Group, 9AF USAAF.

  • BL243

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BL243 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • BL920

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BL920 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

  • BL993

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BL993 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

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Revisions

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

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978)

Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Ninth Then and Now (London, 1994)

Chris Ashworth, Action Stations 5: Military Airfields of the South-West (London, 1982)

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

http://www.army.mod.uk/aviation/27765.aspx

http://www.armyflying.com/

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

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