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Podington

Military site : airfield

Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this was not wholly successful due to landscape problems: one of the runways remained 1,100 yards long, the shortest at any Eighth Air Force airfield. The 100th Bomb Group moved in for a short time in 1943, before being replaced by th 92nd Bomb Group. The 92nd left Podington at the end of the war in Europe, and the airfield was used by the Ministry of Defence for storage. After it was sold off in the 1960s, the airfield was developed into a home for drag racing, now known as 'Santa Pod'.

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Service

Units

  • 446th Sub-Depot
  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group's 327th Bomb Squadron was the only Eighth Air Force squadron to fly YB-40s in combat. YB-40s were B-17s modified to fly as a heavily armed escort for other bombers. They were flown on missions between May and June 1943. Between May 1943...

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    Group
    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 18th Weather Squadron
  • 325th Bomb Squadron
  • 326th Bomb Squadron
  • 327th Bomb Squadron
  • 32nd Station Complement Squadron
  • 407th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Frank Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier; Togglier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Upon returning from a flight check, B-17G #42-37799 landed long and ran off the end of the runway. RTD. Struck by 20mm shells, B-17G #42-31888 went out of control, exploded into to pieces and crashed E of Hamm, GR on a mission to Munster and Hamm, GR...

  • Robert Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Sgt. Robert Gordon Anderson was my father. He was from Cook, Minnesota and enlisted in the 8th Air Force so he would have more choice in his service. He wanted to be a pilot but did not make it and was a tail gunner on a Flying Fortress. He and my mom...

  • Glenn Asp

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Last seen near Esbjerg, Denmark in a steep dive on a mission to Aalbborg airfield, Denmark on 22 Feb 1944 in B-17G #42-97494 'Hot Rock'. Plane apparently crashed into the North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Carl Atteberry

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Carl O Atteberry served with the 92nd Bomb Group. On 26 November 1943 he was flying a mission over Bremen in pilot First Lieutenant Bernard Makowski's crew. Their aircraft came under sustained attack and Atteberry died when his oxygen supply failed him...

  • Harold Barner

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • William Barrett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Killed in Action (KIA) Mid air collision crashed at Gieseen in B-17 Insomnia #4338396

  • James Batson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Shot down 9 October 1943 in B-17 #423554. Plane crashed into North Sea. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Wilfred Bedard

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Kaiserlautern, battle damaged, B-17G 42-97479 crash landed two miles north of RAF East Kirby, burned out 30-Dec-44 Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Andrew Beedenbender

    Military | Flight Sergeant | Waistgunner

  • Wallace Bengson

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Killed in Action (KIA) Mid air collision and crashed at Gieseen in B-17 Insomnia #4338396

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Aircraft

  • 41-24343

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 92BG Podington 13/7/42; transferred 343BS/97BG Polebrook 8/42; Maison Blanche 22/11/42; transferred 414BS; Salvaged 15/3/43 in Oran. PEGGY D Jr (II).

  • 41-24359

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 301BG Westover 8/9/42; instead of assignment to 12AF, Italy transferred to Chelveston 16/9/42; 813BS/305BG Grafton Underwood/Chelveston 25/11/42, sent to pathfinder base RAF Wyton of installation of Oboe Mk I radar equipment; 325BS/92BG [NV-F]...

  • 41-24360 'Hells Kitchen'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned RAF [FA675] but transferred 419BS/301BG Westover 7/42; Podington 6/8/42; Tafaraoui 24/11/42; 101m; Returned to ZI flown home by Lt Col Skip Stoddard Oct 43 ...

  • 41-24361

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned RAF [FA676] but transferred 301BG Westover 18/7/42; Podington 6/8/42; Tafaraoui, Alg 24/11/42; 96BS/2BG Massicault, Tun {38m} 348BS/99BG Oudna, Tun 28/3/44 {52m}; 840BS/483BG Tortorella, It 31/3/44; {98m in total} Returned to the USA 11/6/44;...

  • 41-24362

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned RAF [FA677] but transferred 419BS/301BG Westover 6-Aug-42; Podington 6-Aug-42; ditched Channel just off Margate, on return from Lille 9-Oct-42 aircraft flew 3 missions. Crew rescued, the first such 8AF sea rescue. No MACR issued. 10RTD. ...

  • 41-24363

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 32BS/301BG Westover 7/42; Podington 6/8/42; originally assigned RAF as [FA678]; Tafaraoui 24/11/42; Missing in Action {6m} Bizerte, Tun 28/11/42 with John Bruce, Co-pilot: Earl, Navigator: Knop, Bombardier: Tannehill, Flight engineer/top...

  • 41-24364

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned RAF [FA679]; Assigned 353BS/301BG 16/3/42; transferred 32BS Westover 6/8/42; Podington, UK 6/8/42; Tafaraoui, Alg 24/11/42 {64m}; 429BS/2BG Massicault, Tun 14/11/43; Amendola, It 9/12/43; Missing in Action Fano 15/1/44 with Bill Pederson,...

  • 41-24366

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned RAF [FA681] but transferred 353BS/301BG Westover 7/7/42; Podington 6/8/42 {6m}; Tafaraoui, Alg 24/11/42; 346BS/99BG Navarin, Alg 3/4/43; transferred 429BS/2BG {5m}; ret 99BG; Le Senia, It. depot 3/44; crash landed 19/8/44. Salvaged. K.O.

  • 41-24367

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned RAF [FA682] but transferred 419BS/301BG Westover 7/7/42; Podington 6/8/42; Tafaraoui 24/11/42; bombed by Luftwaffe at Biskra base 10/1/43. {20m} Salvaged.

  • 41-24368

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 352BS/301BG Westover 7/42; slated for RAF [FA683] Podington 6/8/42, but retained by USAAF for Tafaraoui 26/11/42; Maison Blanche 5/12/42; crash landed Bone {6m} 8/12/43 with Harry Brasher, crew?; Salvaged. MAVERICK.

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 November 2017 12:06:38 Lucy May Changes to person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Connected aircraft records that have 'Podington' in their biography fields.

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 (London, 2001)

Michael Bowyer, Action Stations 6: Military Airfields of the Cotswolds and the Central Midlands (Cambridge, 1983)

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