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Beaulieu

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.

Service

Units

People

  • 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 | Bombardier B-26 Marauder | 323rd Bomb Group
    See Brave Men, The Flying Wedge, by Ernie Pyle. See also, informaiton on William Collins.

  • David Baumeister

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

  • 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...

  • Marcel DuPont

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

  • Walter Foster

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier in Second World War/Retired Top Navigator in SAC / USAF | 323rd Bomb Group
    Lt. Walt Foster was a navigator and bombardier from Upstate New York who served with the 456th BS during the Second World War. His first combat mission was flown from Earls Colne Airfield on February 3, 1944 to the Ruisseville "No Balls"secret weapon...

  • Allen Guest

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 365th Fighter Group
    On detached service for operational training. Flew three missions with the 336th Fighter Squadron. Served with the 365th Fighter Group, 388th Fighter Squadron 9AF USAAF. Involved in mid-air collision, leg struck tail of his P-47 as he bailed out over...

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Aircraft

  • 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.

  • 42-8434 "Miss Behave / Li'l Lo" "Desiree Y"

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 328FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 387FS, 365FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) shot down 9-Apr-44 Lt Frederick A Yochim Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 3623.

  • 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

    Oxford
    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 Lt Theodore L Lindhelm KIA. 31-Jul-44.

  • W6556

    Oxford
    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

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:16 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 (Cambridge, 1982)

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