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Military site : airfield

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.




  • Julius Almond

    Military | Captain | 365th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 387FS, 365FG, 9AF USAAF. Flew 94 missions over France, Belgium, and Germany. Completed Tour Duty (ETD). ...

  • Coburn Arledge

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 365th Fighter Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Major.

  • Jack Arnold

    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...

  • David Baumeister

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 365th Fighter Group
    On DS (detached service) for operational training. Flew four missions with the 335th Fighter Squadron.

  • Alfred Bouley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 365th Fighter Group
    Bouley worked for Pratt and Whitney before enlisting in February 1942 ...

  • Frank Burgmeier

    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...

  • John Cave

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 365th Fighter Group

  • William Collins

    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...

  • Peter Corson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 365th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 388FS, 365FG, 9AF USAAF. Awards: Defense, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Maurice Druhl

    Military | Colonel | Pilot B-26 Marauder | 323rd Bomb Group
    Hello ...

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  • 42-26128

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-76066

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    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.

  • 42-76297

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    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)

  • 41-34913 Flounder Gus

    B-26 Marauder
    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...

  • N6410

    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...

  • W6556

    Airspeed Oxford W6556, assigned to 99th Service Squadron, 84th Service Group, 9AF USAAF.

  • 42-76043 Mike's Kite

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-75325 Mississippi Rebel

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-76343

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-75055

    P-47 Thunderbolt


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

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)