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Barkston Heath

Military site : airfield

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.

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  • William Booth

    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. ...

  • Lewis Frederick

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot/Squadron Commander | 61st Troop Carrier Group

  • Pete Lonchar

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot | 61st Troop Carrier Group
    Died when his C-109 crashed on 8 January 1945, narrowly missing Harling Farm.

  • Edwin Tester

    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 X Not yet known

    Civilian
    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 X Not yet known

    Civilian
    Ronald had a day out at Barkston Heath on 29 July 1944 when he was the guest of the 14th Troop Carrier Squadron. ...

Revisions

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

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)

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