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Scorton

Military site : airfield

Opened in 1939 as a grass airfield satellite to RAF Catterick, Scorton was initially a day-fighter and then night-fighter base. Developed in 1941 to full station status, it eventually had three concrete runways, a concrete perimeter taxiway plus hardstandings, and 12 blister hangars. Although allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a tactical fighter base in 1943, the station was never occupied by Eighth Air Force units. It was, however, used as a night-fighter training base by the Ninth Air Force during May to July 1944, when occupied as temporary lodgers by the 422nd and 425th Squadrons, equipped with P-61s. Thereafter Scorton reverted to the status of satellite, with no RAF or USAAF resident squadrons, and was used by RAF Balloon command for storage. Closed in 1952, the site returned to agriculture from 1958, but much of the airfield became a quarry for sand and gravel extraction, some parts now water-filled.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-5565 'Double Trouble'

    P-61 Black Widow
    Usually crewed by 2nd Lt Robert G Bolinder and R/O Flt Off Robert F Graham.

  • N4765

    Oxford
    Airspeed Oxford N4765, assigned to HQ Squadron, 74th Service Group, 9AF USAAF.

  • 42-5564 'Jukin' Judy'

    P-61 Black Widow
    Assigned to 422NFS, 9AF USAAF. Written of after forced landing 26-Dec-44.

  • 42-5573 'Lovely Lady'

    P-61 Black Widow
    Assigned to 422NFS, 9AF USAAF. Credited 3 x kills. Hit several times by flak on mission to Rhine river, with intercom knocked out and A/C afire R/O 1Lt John U Morris baled out. Pilot 1Lt Eugene D Axtell was unaware that R/O had exited and returned...

  • 42-5536 ''Husslin' Hussey''

    P-61 Black Widow
    Assigned to 422NFS, 9AF USAAF.

  • 42-5544

    P-61 Black Widow
    Assigned to 422NFS, 9AF USAAF.

Revisions

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

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Manual (London, 2001)

Bruce Barrymore Halpenny, Action Stations 4: Military Airfields of Yorkshire (Cambridge, 1982)

http://www.forgottenairfields.com/united-kingdom/england/north-yorkshire...

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

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