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Ramsbury

Military site : airfield

Planned as an RAF operational training station, Ramsbury was allocated while under construction to the Eighth Air Force as a transport base. Built during 1942, it had eventually three concrete runways, 28 pan and 24 loop hardstandings, and two T2 hangars. The 64th Troop Carrier Group, equipped with
C-47s and C-53s, occupied the station from August to November 1942, when it was loaned to the RAF for operational training. Transferred to the Ninth Air Force in October 1943, it was occupied briefly by the 434th and 435th Troop Carrier Groups from December 1943 until January 1944. The 437th Troop Carrier Group, equipped with C-47s, then became resident from February 1944 to February 1945, while the station was also used by other transport units to collect supplies. Although left vacant, the station was kept by IX Troop Carrier Command as a reserve airfield until handed over to the RAF in June 1945. Closed in 1946 but kept as a reserve airfield until the 1950s, the site quickly returned to agriculture after being released. The runways and most other concrete areas were removed during the 1960s, although several wartime buildings remain in use today.

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Units

People

  • Donald Abele

    Military | Private First Class | Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) - 501 - Administrative and Technical Clerk | 437th Troop Carrier Group
    He registered for the WW II draft on 29 June 1942, and he was listed as a student at Roosevelt High School, Chicago. He was 5' 10" tall; weighed 136 pounds; had brown hair, blue eyes and a 'light' complexion; he was also listed as having a birth mark...

  • Leland Abercrombie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Glider Mechanic | 437th Troop Carrier Group
    Lee attended the 8 week Glider Mechanic, Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 559 course, AAF Technical School Shepard Field, Texas. Lee was a machinist for most of his working career; he was married in 1946 and he and his wife had three children. He...

  • Robert Abraham

    Military | 437th Troop Carrier Group
    Bob grew up in Houston, graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School and then enlisted in the service to defend his country. Bob faithfully served in the United States Army Air Corps, and was in numerous European theater campaigns during World War II...

  • George Ackerman

    Military | Sergeant | Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): 559 - Glider Mechanic, (maintenance) | 437th Troop Carrier Group
    He registered for the WW II draft on 30 June 1942, and he was listed as employed by the Valley Times (Van Nuys, California). He was 5' 8 1/2" tall; weighed 150 pounds; had brown hair, hazel eyes and a 'ruddy' complexion. He entered the service on 05...

  • Weber Ackman

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief | 437th Troop Carrier Group
    He entered the service on 11 November 1942 from Cincinnati, Ohio. He had a grammar school education, was single, without dependents and his civilian occupation was listed as “Jewelers, watchmakers, goldsmiths, and silversmiths.” He became a C-47 Crew...

  • Manuel Acosta

    Military | 437th Troop Carrier Group
    Manuel Acosta was a Mexican-American painter and illustrator. He entered the service on 20 November 1942 from El Paso, Texas. He had four years of high school, was single, without dependents and his civilian occupation was listed as: “Decorators and...

  • Ignatius Adamietz

    Military | Flight Officer | Glider Pilot | 437th Troop Carrier Group
    He entered the service as a private (Service # 18159173) in the Air Corps on 07 August 1942 from Randolph Field, Texas. He had two years of college education, was single, without dependents and his civilian occupation was listed as “Aviators.” While in...

  • Richard Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Glider Mechanic - MOS 559 | 437th Troop Carrier Group
    Mr. Adams worked as a machinist in heavy equipment at Whiteman Air Force Base for 42 years and also was a farmer, living at the Adams farm at Bristle Ridge in Johnson County, MO.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 131 of Warrensburg. He...

  • Noel Addy

    Military | Flight Officer | Glider Pilot | 435th Troop Carrier Group
    He was a Flight Officer and, according to the Mission GALVESTON orders, flew with the 437th TCG as pilot of a CG-4A glider in June of 1944. On 28 September in 1946, he re-enlisted for the Hawaiian Department as a Master Sergeant (Service # 20 847 258)...

  • Harold Adkins

    Military | Major | Group Medical Officer | 437th Troop Carrier Group
    In the 1940 Census, he is listed as living in Indiana with his wife and their two children. His occupation was "Medical Doctor" in "Private Practice". Harold was in the Headquarters Squadron and a member of the 437th TCG Association; he appeared on...

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Aircraft

  • 42-100801 Picadilly Filly

    C-47 Skytrain
    On 17 September 1944, C-47 42-100801 'Piccadilly Filly' crashed on a farm at the Neterselseweg Bladel in the Netherlands. See MACR 9903

  • 42-93508

    C-47 Skytrain
    Crashed after striking trees attempting to land in heavy fog at Ramsbury, Station 469, UK. Pilot, Co Pilot and Crew Chief KIFA, Asst Crew Chief Daniel V.B. Riley and Radio Operator Charles A Kdlak WIA. The airplane was diverting there because it was...

  • HG922

    Horsa
    Airspeed Horsa glider HG922, assigned to 437th TCG, 8th AF USAAF. Airspeed Oxford Mk II - T1371 'Windy Lynn' stalled on takeoff with loss of directional control and crashed onto parked line of gliders. mild damage to A/C.

  • LH972

    Horsa
    Airspeed Horsa glider LH972, assigned to 437th TCG, 8th AF USAAF. Airspeed Oxford Mk II - T1371 'Windy Lynn' stalled on takeoff with loss of directional control and crashed onto parked line of gliders. Severe damage to A/C.

  • LJ135

    Horsa
    Airspeed Horsa glider LJ135, assigned to 437th TSC, 8AF USAAF. Pilot F/O Richard G Mercer and Co-Pilot 1st Lt George Parker from the 86th Troop Carrier Squadron at the controls, crashed horrifically at Holdy near Ste Marie du Mont killing 14 of the 25...

  • LJ216

    Horsa
    Airspeed Horsa glider LJ216 assigned to 86th TCS, 437th TCG, 9AF USAAF, crashed 6-Jun-44 pilot F/O Willis R Huckleberry KIA.

  • LG998

    Horsa
    Airspeed AS51 Horsa glider, assigned to 86th TCS, 437th TCG, 9AF USAAF. Crashed Normandy 7-Jun-44, F/O Edward C Fambrough KIA.

  • T1371 'Windy Lynn'

    Oxford
    Airspeed Oxford Mk II - T1371 'Windy Lynn' assigned to HQ Sqn, 10th Service Group, 9AF USAAF. Stalled on takeoff with loss of directional control and crashed onto parked line of gliders. Destroyed 1 x Waco glider and damaged 2 x Horsa gliders.

  • 42-100578 'Wags Wagon'

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 83TCS, 437TCG, 9AF USAAF.

  • 42-100591

    C-47 Skytrain
    To Norwegian AF as 2100591, then to Danish AF Aug 1956 as 68-684, later K-684, then to civil registry as N3239T. Owned and operated by the Valiant Air Command Museum, Titusville, FL; named the "Tico Belle". The aircraft was damaged Jul 9, 2001 in...

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Revisions

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

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / 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/RAF_Ramsbury

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