Barkston Heath was established as a grass Relief Landing Ground for RAF Cranwell in 1941-43, before being developed with hard runways for RAF Bomber Command in 1943-44. It was used by the transport aircraft of the Ninth Air Force's 61st Troop Carrier Group and 349th Troop Carrier Group, before being handed back to the RAF in 1945. It is still an RAF airfield today.
The Group was only in England to carry out further training exercises before joining the Twelfth Air Force in the Mediterranean theater. Over the course of the war, the Group flew in paratroops, military and medical supplies and propaganda leaflets....
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot
Bill Booth was a glider pilot stationed at Barkston Heath, probably as part of the 61st Troop Carrier Group. He took part in Operation 'Market Garden' in September 1944. ...
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot/Squadron Commander | 61st Troop Carrier Group
Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 61st Troop Carrier Group
Died when his C-109 crashed on 8 January 1945, narrowly missing Harling Farm.
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | 61st Troop Carrier Group
'I flew out of Barkston Heath from Feb 1944 to about March 1945 when the 53rd Troop Carrier Squadron was moved to Abbelville Fr. As one of 3 original members of the 53rd in Spirng (April/ May). ...
Eileen had a day out at Barkston Heath on 29 July 1944 when she was the guest of the 14th Troop Carrier Squadron. It was also her 10th birthday. ...
Ronald had a day out at Barkston Heath on 29 July 1944 when he was the guest of the 14th Troop Carrier Squadron. ...
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Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Ninth Then and Now (London, 1994)
Bruce Barrymore Halpenny, Action Stations 2: Military Airfields of Lincolnshire and the East Midlands (Cambridge, 1984)