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Stoney Cross

Military site : airfield

Planned as a secret, emergency airfield, Stoney Cross was developed during 1942-43 as an advance base for both fighters and bombers. Occupied by the RAF from January 1943, before construction was complete, the station had eventually three concrete runways, 51 pan plus 11 loop hardstandings, and three T2 plus six blister hangars. Allocated to the Ninth Air Force in March 1944 as a forward base for tactical fighters, it was occupied from April to July 1944 by the 367th Fighter Group, equipped with P-38s. The 387th Bomb Group, equipped with B-26s, next occupied the station from July to September 1944. Handed back to the RAF in September 1944, it was used as a transport base until 1946 and closed in 1948. As part of the New Forest Crown land, the site was taken over by the Forestry Commission in the 1950s, which removed most of the concrete parts from the airfield during the 1960s to establish new plantations. Three car parks and two camping sites were set up on wartime aircraft dispersals to create a public recreation area.

Service

People

  • Richard Ainsworth

    Military | Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Rich Ainsworth told me that he had graduated from all fighter pilot schools, number three in his class. One day soon after graduation the CO called a formation. The CO called out names starting with "A", Ainsworth was called and sent to fly B26s as a...

  • Laurence Blumer

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot | 357th Fighter Group
    Five German Luftwaffe airplanes during World War II were shot down in less than 15 minutes by one pilot who was born and raised in North Dakota. Because of this, Larry "Scrappy" Blumer earned the title Fastest Ace in the West. For his actions during...

  • James Brantley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 387th Bomb Group
    Officially Killed In Action (KIA) but actually died in tragic accident while taxying, at start of B-26 bombing mission to France, on August 6 1944. ...

  • Edwin Chickering

    Military | Brigadier General | Group Commander | 357th Fighter Group
    Assigned to HQ Sqn, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 367FG, 9AF USAAF., ...

  • James Fishburn

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 367th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 392FS, 367FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort to Euskirchen, Germany in P-38J 42-68004. In the vicinity of target, reported engine troubles, after dogfight with E/A abandoned A/C. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11420. ...

  • Richard Gilbert

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mayen. Hit by flak in target area, engine ablaze, baled out successfully. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 12607. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edwin Glorvigen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight engineer | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. 47 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mayen. Hit by flak in target area, engine ablaze, baled out successfully. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 12607. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Joseph Griffin

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot 1056-Twin Engine Squadron Commander | 367th Fighter Group
    CO 392nd FS 367th FG 4 kills P-38J ETO 1943-44 Flight leader 75th FS 23rd FG 3 kills P-40K CBI 1942-43 Col USAF retired

  • Elmer Jarman

    Military | Master Sergeant | Radio operator | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mayen. Hit by flak in target area, engine ablaze, baled out successfully. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 12607. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Julius Macewicz

    Military | Captain | Gee Operator | 387th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mayen. Hit by flak in target area, engine ablaze, baled out successfully. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 12607. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Aircraft

  • 42-104299

    P-38 Lightning

  • 42-26649 'Elizabeth' 'Miss Carriage'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 361st FS, 356th FG, 8AF USAAF. ...

  • 42-96092

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 559BS, 387BG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mayen. Hit by flak in target area, engine ablaze, baled out successfully. 7 x POW, 1 x KIA. MACR 12607.

  • 44-23166

    P-38 Lightning
    Built by Lockheed as a P-38J, field modified at Langford Lodge into a 'Droop Snoot*' configuration. ...

  • 44-23507 'Trail Blazer'

    P-38 Lightning
    Built as a P-38J by Lockheed, field modified to 'Droop Snoot*' configuration. ...

  • 43-28337

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 394FS, 367FG, 9AF USAAF. Crashed Stony Cross/Sta 452 Cat 5, pilot Lt James E Peck KIFA, 12-Apr-44.

  • 42-25552

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 393FS, 367FG, 9AF USAAF.

  • 44-23590 'Scrap Iron IV'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 393FS, 367FG, 9AF. Personal aircraft of Capt Laurence E Blumer. Transferred to 326 Ferrying Squadron, 1 Transport Group, 9AF USAAF.

  • 42-104200 'The Gremlin'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 393FS, 367FG, 9AF USAAF.

  • 42-68004 'Moonlight Cock-tail'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 392FS, 367FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomer escort to Euskirchen, Germany. In the vicinity of target, reported engine troubles, after dogfight with E/A pilot Capt James B Fishburn abandoned A/C. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11420.

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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)

Chris Ashworth, Action Stations 5: Military Airfields of the South-West (London, 1982)

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

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