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Mount Farm

Military site : airfield

Originally a grass airfield satellite for the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at nearby RAF Benson, Mount Farm was built in 1940-1941. It had three concrete runways, 49 dispersals (24 concrete pan type plus 25 PSP squares), and eight blister hangars. The 13th Photographic Squadron of the Eighth Air Force moved in during February 1943, and its parent 7th Photographic Group was established at Mount Farm in July 1943. Handed back to the RAF in May 1945, the station was inactive and used temporarily by the Ministry of Supply for ex-War Department vehicle sales. The return to agriculture began in 1949 and the airfield was sold for farming in 1957. Part of the site was then bought for gravel extraction in 1961, and most of the concrete was lifted for hardcore. During 1960-62, the new village of Berinsfield was built on the western end of the site, where RAF and USAAF wartime buildings had been located.

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Service

Units

People

  • Gerald Adams

    Military | Colonel | Pilot/Squadron Commander | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

  • Richard Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aircraft Mechanic | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

  • Glenn Allen

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    KNO. Crashed NE of Mt. Farm, while on a training flight in F-5A#42-13279. Instantaneous death when his a/c crashed 1 1/2 miles NE of the Mount Farm.

  • Robert Astrella

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Photographic Supply | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    Staff Sergeant Robert Astrella was a keen photographer, he photographed the aircraft that visited Mount Farm, and like many airmen he used his leave to travel to historic sites around Britain. His colour photographs are a rich record of Britain at war ...

  • Lawrence Aubrey

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

  • Leo Bazman

    Military | Corporal | Machinist

  • Vernon Black

    Military | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

  • John Blyth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    31 October 1943 in F-5A#212322 forced to return to base due to equipment problems and haze. Attempting to land at RAF Thame, did not stop in time and had accident.

  • Fred Brink

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

  • Leroy Brown

    Military | Sergeant | 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
    Leroy Brown served with the 7th Photo Recon Group. He lived in Rhode Island and died in 1981. He was survived by his widow Muriel E Brown, until her death in 2000.

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Aircraft

  • 41-24434 'The Mudhen'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Middleton AD 9/7/42; Bolling 28/7/42; Westover 3/10/42; Assigned 15PRS/3PRG Membury, Wilt. 7/9/42; Steeple Morden, UK 27/12/42; transferred 12AF La Senia, Alg. 6/12/42; Algiers 25/12/42; Le Kroub, Alg. 5/6/43; La Marsa, Tun. 28/6/43; Returned...

  • 42-12775

    F-5 Lightning
    F-5 Lightning 42-12775, 13th PRS, 7th PRG, 8th AF, lost on photo recon mission from Mount Farm to Antwerp, missing 4th April 1943 near Antwerp, Belgium, presumed down in the North Sea. Pilot Jack R Campbell MIA/KIA. MACR 15. ...

  • 42-12981

    F-5 Lightning
    Lockheed F-5 Lightning 42-12981 of the 14th PRS, 7th PRG, 8th AF. Departed Mount farm with pilot Capt Robert R Nelson and Capt Cassaday on a photo-recce operation of marshalling yards at Hasselt, Belgium. Nelson was shot down by the Flak placed on the...

  • 43-28331

    F-5 Lightning

  • 44-11569

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-23515

    P-38 Lightning
    P-38J field modified to 'Droop Snoot*' configuration and fitted out with equipment and aerials for Elint** work. Detached to 192 Sqn*** RAF for Elint** missions. ...

  • 44-23603

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 22PRS, 7PRG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escorted recon mission to Madgeburg, escort and PR aircraft bounced, during egress from target, by 3 x Me262 jets, A/C hit in starboard engine, which was feathered but shortly after exploded....

  • MB945 Lu Mar II

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire MB945 PR Mk XIT, Built at Chattis Hill. ...

  • MB955 'Lease Fleece'

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire MB955 PR Mk XIT, Built at Chattis Hill. FF 20-10-43, delivered to Benson 5-11-43, assigned to 14PRS 7PRG 8AF USAAF 5-12-43 Lost over Holland Pilot Lt Paul A Balogh MACR 9170. 19-9-44, SOC.

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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, 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_Mount_Farm

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

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