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Saltby

Military site : airfield

Initially a grass airfield satellite to RAF Cottesmore, Saltby opened in August 1941 as the home of No. 14 OTU, but closed for development in August 1943. When allocated to the Ninth Air Force in February 1944, it had three concrete runways, 33 loop and 17 pan hardstandings, and four T2 and plus one B1 hangars. The 314th Troop Carrier Group, equipped with C-47s and C-53s, occupied the station from February 1944 to March 1945, when it was handed back to the RAF. However, it was used briefly in May 1945 by a detachment of the 349th Troop Carrier Group, equipped with C-46s. The airfield closed in late 1945 & the station was used for storage until 1948. Sold in 1955, much of the site has since been demolished and returned to agriculture, but part remains active as Saltby Airfield, home to the Buckminster Gliding Club since 1971.

Service

People

  • Mitchell Bacon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio operator | 314th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 50TCS, 314TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) re-supply Cotentin peninsula 7-Jun-44; Tracer started fire in fuselage, after dropping supplies, A/C took more tracer and then crashed in vicinity of Ste-Marie-Eglise. Killed in Action (KIA)...

  • Andrew Barraco

    Military | Corporal | Radio operator | 314th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 32TCS, 314TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) re-supply mission to Cotentin peninsula 7-Jun-44; A/C downed by flak, found crashed and burnt out 1 mile NE Sebeville, FR. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 5697 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Robert Bennett

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 314th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 32TCS, 314TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Re-Supply mission to Cotentin peninsula in C-47 43-15146; A/C crashed 2 miles NNE of Picauville. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5712 Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Theodore Brewer

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Crew Chief, C-47, Troop Carrier Squadron,
    Ted Brewer enlisted in the Army Air Corps a week after Pearl Harbor, aged 19 years. He served with the 62nd Troop Carrier Squadron in French Morocco, Tunisia, Castelvetrano -Sicily (taking part in Operation Husky). The unit was then assigned to RAF...

  • Edward Daley

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew chief | 314th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 50TCS, 314TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) re-supply Cotentin peninsula 7-Jun-44; Tracer started fire in fuselage, after dropping supplies, A/C took more tracer and then crashed in vicinity of Ste-Marie-Eglise. Killed in Action (KIA)...

  • Howard Flisrand

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew chief | 314th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 32TCS, 314TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) re-supply mission to Cotentin peninsula 7-Jun-44; A/C downed by flak, found crashed and burnt out 1 mile NE Sebeville, FR. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 5697 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Robert King

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 314th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 32TCS, 314TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Re-Supply mission to Cotentin peninsula in C-47 43-15146; A/C crashed 2 miles NNE of Picauville. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5712 Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Anthony Kosta

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew chief | 314th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 32TCS, 314TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Re-Supply mission to Cotentin peninsula in C-47 43-15146; A/C crashed 2 miles NNE of Picauville. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5712 Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • William Lyons

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 314th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 50TCS, 314TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) re-supply Cotentin peninsula 7-Jun-44; Tracer started fire in fuselage, after dropping supplies, A/C took more tracer and then crashed in vicinity of Ste-Marie-Eglise. Killed in Action (KIA)...

  • Arthur Mancuso

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 314th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 32TCS, 314TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Re-Supply mission to Cotentin peninsula in C-47 43-15146; A/C crashed 2 miles NNE of Picauville. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5712 Awards: AM, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Aircraft

  • 41-38679

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 32TCS, 314TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) re-supply mission to Cotentin peninsula 7-Jun-44; A/C downed by flak, found crashed and burnt out 1 mile NE Sebeville, FR. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 5697

  • 42-93002

    C-47 Skytrain
    C-47 42-93002 took part in the airborne assault on D-Day. The aircraft was carrying members of the 82nd Airborne and was reported to be taking violent evasive action over the drop zone, near Ste Mere Eglise to avoid enemy fire. The aircraft was last...

  • 42-93065

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 50TCS, 314TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) re-supply Cotentin peninsula 7-Jun-44; Tracer started fire in fuselage, after dropping supplies, A/C took more tracer and then crashed in vicinity of Ste-Marie-Eglise. 1 x RTD, 4 x KIA MACR 5698

  • 43-15146

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 32TCS, 314TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Re-Supply mission to Cotentin peninsula; A/C crashed 2 miles NNE of Picauville. 5 x Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5712

  • 42-23829 Bettie D

    C-47 Skytrain

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)

Bruce Barrymore Halpenny, Action Stations 2: Military Airfields of Lincolnshire and the East Midlands (Cambridge, 1984)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Saltby

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckminster_Gliding_Club

http://www.buckminstergc.co.uk/

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