The first airfield site was near East Boldre, used before the First World War. A Royal Flying Corps and RAF station during the First World War, it was sold and dismantled from 1920-1924, though the land was used as a private airfield from 1933 to 1938. The second airfield site was on Hatchet Moor, built in 1942 with hard runways for RAF use. Handed to the Ninth Air Force 1944, it was home to the 365th Fighter Group then the 323rd Bomb Group. Handed back to the RAF in 1944, in January 1945 it bacame home to the Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment until 1950. Listed as a United States Air Forces Europe standby base from 1953-1955, the airfield was abandoned in 1959. It has since become FC New Forest plantations and public campsite.
The Group moved to England in December 1943 as part of the Ninth Air Force. Flying P-47s, the Group took part in missions over northern France designed to weaken Germany's ability to repulse the planned Allied invasion of summer 1944. After the...
The 323rd Bombardment Group operated with B-26 Marauders, American medium bombers. They were the first Eighth Air Force Group to fly a medium level bombing mission with this aircraft on 16 July 1943. After flying a total of 33 missions with the Eighth,...
Military | Captain | 365th Fighter Group
Assigned to 387FS, 365FG, 9AF USAAF. Flew 94 missions over France, Belgium, and Germany. Completed Tour Duty (ETD). ...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 365th Fighter Group
Retired from the USAF with the rank of Major.
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier B-26 Marauder | 323rd Bomb Group
Jack T. Arnold, born December 7, 1921 in Dupo, Illinois. Graduated from East High in East St. Louis, Illinois, received a first alternate appointment to West Point and enlisted in the U.S. Army Infantry. Immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he...
Military | Captain | Pilot | 365th Fighter Group
On DS (detached service) for operational training. Flew four missions with the 335th Fighter Squadron.
Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 365th Fighter Group
Bouley worked for Pratt and Whitney before enlisting in February 1942 ...
Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator - B-26 Marauder | 323rd Bomb Group
Lt. Burgmeier grew up in Upstate New York. He married his wife, Tedi, in July 1943, just days before he left for his tour of duty as a navigator for the 323rd Bombardment Group. He kept a diary, which has been invaluable to historians studying the...
Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 365th Fighter Group
Military | B-26 Marauder Pilot | 323rd Bomb Group
Mentioning Chief Collins to any member of the 456th BS elicited an immediate smile and chuckles. "He was a character!" according to, it seems, everyone. Hands down, Chief Collins is one of the most endearing members of the 456th. He combined a sense...
Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 365th Fighter Group
Assigned to 388FS, 365FG, 9AF USAAF. Awards: Defense, WWII Victory, EAME.
Military | Colonel | Pilot B-26 Marauder | 323rd Bomb Group
Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 387FS, 365FG,9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) armed recce to East Koln, Germany. Hit by flak on bombing run pilot 2nd Lt Vernon Martin baled out MIA 15-Oct-45 MACR 12438.
Assigned to 386FS, 365BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) area patrol of Cherbourg peninsula 10-Jun-44; Hit by flak, pilot 2lt John A Weese attempted belly landing on Juno beach, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, France. Killed in Action (KIA)
The B-26 Marauder (serial number 41-34913) "Flounder Gus" was flown by pilot Richard H Lightfine of the 454th Bomb Squadron of the 323rd Bomb Group, as part of the 9th Air Force. The aircraft was originally based at Earles Colne and took part in the...
Airspeed Oxford Mk II N6410, assigned to 98th Combat Bomb Wing, 9AF USAAF. Crashed due to poor weather, hit trees 5 miles W of Winchester, pilot 1st Lt Theodore Ralph Lindholm Jnr,aged 23, from Chicago, KIA. 31-Jul-44.Lt Lindholm O-732558 joined USAAF...
Airspeed Oxford W6556, assigned to 99th Service Squadron, 84th Service Group, 9AF USAAF.
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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 (Cambridge, 1982)