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Toome

Military site : airfield

Built during 1942-43 as a bomber OTU satellite, first to RAF Cluntoe and then to RAF Nutt’s Corner, Toome had three concrete runways, 30 pan type hardstandings, and two pairs of T2 hangars. 50 concrete 'fingers’ were added for aircraft storage during the winter of 1943-44. Transferred to the Eighth Air Force in July 1943 for training A-20 and B-26 crews for both the 8th and Ninth Air Forces, the station became home to the HQ of the 3rd Combat Crew Replacement Centre Group in November 1943. This remained assigned to Eighth Air Force Composite Command, despite training twin-engine bomber crews exclusively for Ninth Air Force Bomber Command. Handed back to the RAF in November 1944, Toome had no more resident flying units and was transferred to the Admiralty in 1954. Closed in 1959, the site was gradually returned to agriculture from 1961 and largely demolished. However, the Control Tower was converted as a private home and several other wartime buildings also survive, albeit in derelict condition.

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Service

Units

People

  • Pierce Buckner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
    S/Sgt Pierce Buckner was Tail Gunner in B26 #41-17961 on a local training flight 27 December 1943, when, due to mechanical failure, it crash-landed at RAF Toome, in Northern Ireland. The five crewmen returned safely but the aircraft was totally destroyed.

  • Charles Burnett

    Military | Private First Class | Military Policeman
    Burnett was Dishonourably Discharged from the USAAF on 20 October 1943 and sentenced to 5 years hard labour for sleeping at his post at Toome on 17 September 1943.

  • Clyde Custer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bomber pilot
    Assigned to 3rd Combat Crew Replacement Center, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) short navigational flight out of Toome, Nth Ireland in B-26B 41-18072 when it crashed in an Antrim hills peat bog, tail first. Killed non Operational (KNO). Awards: PH.

  • Anthony Destefano

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier / Navigator
    Assigned to 3rd Combat Crew Replacement Center, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) short navigational flight out of Toome, Nth Ireland in B-26B 41-18072 when it crashed in an Antrim hills peat bog, tail first. Killed non Operational (KNO). Awards: PH.

  • Hans Erickson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer
    Assigned to 3rd Combat Crew Replacement Center, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) short navigational flight out of Toome, Nth Ireland in B-26B 41-18072 when it crashed in an Antrim hills peat bog, tail first. Killed non Operational (KNO). Awards: PH.

  • Vincent Filippone

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to 3rd Combat Crew Replacement Center, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) short navigational flight out of Toome, Nth Ireland in B-26B 41-18072 when it crashed in an Antrim hills peat bog, tail first. Killed non Operational (KNO). Awards: PH.

  • Robert Fry

    Military | Captain | Instructor (Pilot) | 322nd Bomb Group
    Robert Fry was a student of McMurray College, Abilene, TX before enlisting in January 1942. He won his wings and commission as a 2nd Lt in the USAAF at Roswell, New Mexico on 28 July 1942. He was later stationed at McDill Field in Tampa, Florida before...

  • Vernon Hedges

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot / Pilot
    Lt Vernon Hedges was Co-pilot of B26 #41-17961 on a local training flight 27 December 1943, when, due to mechanical failure, it crash-landed at RAF Toome, in Northern Ireland. The five crewmen returned safely but the aircraft was totally destroyed. On...

  • George James

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 323rd Bomb Group
    George T James served as a pilot with the 9th Air Force. He flew B-26 Marauders with the 391st Bomb Group. ...

  • Melvin Kack

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | 466th Bomb Group
    TSGT Kack was a non-combat casualty that occurred after the war. He was assigned to the 34th Station Complement Squadron at RAF Toome, Northern Ireland at the time of his death.

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Aircraft

  • 41-18072

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. Transferred to 3rd Combat Crew Replacement Center. Lost on short navigational flight out of Toome, Nth Ireland, when it crashed in an Antrim hills peat bog, tail first. 6 x Killed non Operational (KNO). 4-Jul-44.

  • 41-17961

    B-26 Marauder
    41-17961 was on a training flight on 27 December 1943. It belonged to the Headqurters of the 3rd Combat Crew Replacement Center. Due to a mechanical failure, the plane crashed on landing at RAF Toome, Antrim, Northern Ireland. All five crew safe :...

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)

David J. Smith, Action Stations 7: Military Airfields of Scotland, the North-east and Northern Ireland (Cambridge, 1989)

http://ww2ni.webs.com/countylderryairfields.htm

http://www.controltowers.co.uk/T-V/Toome.htm

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