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Welford

Military site : airfield

Welford was planned as an RAF bomber Operational Training Unit, but was instead allocated to the USAAF for use as a transport airfield. It was built in 1943 to a standard design, with a 6,000 foot runway with two shorter runways, hardstandings and two T2 hangars. Accommodation for over 2,000 men was provided to the north of the airfield. The 315th Troop Carrier Group briefly occupied the base before transferring to Spanhoe. The 435th Troop Carrier Group occupied the airfield for most of 1944, taking part in the D-Day landings in June and in Operation 'Market Garden’ in September. Welford was handed back to the RAF after the end of the war in Europe, and the RAF used the airfield until the mid 1950s, when it was again handed over to the Americans. Welford became a United States Army Air Force logistics base, a storage site for munitions. It continues in this role today.

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Service

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People

  • Noel Addy

    Military | Flight Officer | Glider Pilot | 435th Troop Carrier Group
    He was a Flight Officer and, according to the Mission GALVESTON orders, flew with the 437th TCG as pilot of a CG-4A glider in June of 1944. On 28 September in 1946, he re-enlisted for the Hawaiian Department as a Master Sergeant (Service # 20 847 258)...

  • Elmer Bailey

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 435th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 76TC Sqn 435TC Group, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) resupply mission to Marcouray, Belgium in C-47B 43-48938 hit by ground fire and 88mm flak on run into DZ, after being hit, pulled A/C up and out of formation with flames pouring from...

  • Thomas Bass

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 435th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 76TC Sqn 435TC Group, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) resupply mission to Marcouray, Belgium in C-47B 43-48938 hit by ground fire and 88mm flak on run into DZ, after being hit, pulled A/C up and out of formation with flames pouring from...

  • Norman Beaulie

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 435th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 76TC Sqn 435TC Group, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) resupply mission to Marcouray, Belgium in C-47B 43-48407 hit by ground fire and 88mm flak on run into DZ, after being hit, pulled A/C up and out of formation with smoke and flames...

  • Daniel Burke

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Engineer | 435th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 76TC Sqn 435TC Group, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) resupply mission to Marcouray, Belgium in C-47B 43-48407 hit by ground fire and 88mm flak on run into DZ, after being hit, pulled A/C up and out of formation with smoke and flames...

  • Sebastiano Gattinella

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio operator | 435th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 76TC Sqn 435TC Group, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) resupply mission to Marcouray, Belgium in C-47B 43-48407 hit by ground fire and 88mm flak on run into DZ, after being hit, pulled A/C up and out of formation with smoke and flames...

  • James Hamblin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 435th Troop Carrier Group
    James Jose Hamblin was the pilot of c47 IB-J 42-24077 of the 77th tcs, 435th troop carrier group. ...

  • Charles Jennings

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 435th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 76TC Sqn 435TC Group, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) resupply mission to Marcouray, Belgium in C-47B 43-48938 hit by ground fire and 88mm flak on run into DZ, after being hit, pulled A/C up and out of formation with flames pouring from...

  • Edward Kraus

    Military | Sergeant | Radio operator | 435th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 76TC Sqn 435TC Group, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) resupply mission to Marcouray, Belgium in C-47B 43-48938 hit by ground fire and 88mm flak on run into DZ, after being hit, pulled A/C up and out of formation with flames pouring from...

  • Frank MacNees

    Military | Colonel | Pilot / Group commander | 435th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned as commander to HQ, 435TCG, 9AF USAAF. Led group in lead A/C in series #13, Operation Overlord to Normandy, France, 6-Jun-44, carrying members of 3rd battalion, 501st PIR.

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Aircraft

  • 43-30731

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 78TCS, 435TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) resupply mission to Bastogne in C-47 43-30731 hit by flak in starboard undercarriage, which drooped down causing drag and with starboard engine afire crew baled out. 1 x POW, 3 x RTD. MACR...

  • 43-48407

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 76TC Sqn 435TC Group, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) resupply mission to Marcouray, Belgium in C-47B 43-48407 hit by ground fire and 88mm flak on run into DZ, after being hit, pulled A/C up and out of formation with smoke and flames...

  • 43-48938

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 76TC Sqn 435TC Group, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) resupply mission to Marcouray, Belgium in C-47B 43-48938 hit by ground fire and 88mm flak on run into DZ, after being hit, pulled A/C up and out of formation with flames pouring from...

  • LG-834

    Horsa
    Landed in field near Ste Mere-Eglise, hit anti glider obstacle causing damage to cockpit and forward fuselage, crew wounded in landing and captured by enemy troops. Glider pilot 2nd Lt Ernest D Mcmillen Jr KIA, co pilot F/O James M Reed KIA.

  • LH327

    Horsa
    Airspeed Horsa glider LH327, assigned to 76th TCS, 435th TCG, 9AF USAAF. Take Off Accident Ground Loop Welford/Sta 474 Cat 5 damage, pilot F/O Wayne E Law, 30-Mar-44. SOC.

  • T1371 'Windy Lynn'

    Oxford
    Airspeed Oxford Mk II - T1371 'Windy Lynn' assigned to HQ Sqn, 10th Service Group, 9AF USAAF. Stalled on takeoff with loss of directional control and crashed onto parked line of gliders. Destroyed 1 x Waco glider and damaged 2 x Horsa gliders.

  • 42-92716

    C-47 Skytrain
    Assigned to 435TCG, 9AF USAAF. Transferred to 90TCS, 438TCG, 9AF USAAF. Lead A/C of Series #13 D-day drop, carrying members of 3rd battalion, 501st PIR. Pilot Lt Col Frank J MacNees.

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)

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