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Wormingford

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Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air Force 1944-45, the 55th Fighter Group operated from the airfield. The 3rd Scouting Force, which began as part of the 55th Fighter Group, operated from Wormingford from 1944-1945. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and it became a civil airfield in 1947 to the 1960s. It was mostly sold and returned to agriculture in the 1960s-70s.

Service

Units

People

  • Edward Abdallah

    Military | First Lieutenant | Thunderbolt fighter pilot | 362nd Fighter Group
    Shot down by enemy aircraft on the 8th of March 1944.

  • Richard Abel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    Assigned 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort to Munich. Last seen whilst strafing enemy aircraft in P-51D 'Jills Jalopy VII' 44-64159 near Zorneaing. Pilot 2nd Lt Richard K Abel Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13950. ...

  • Luverne Abendroth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 3rd Scouting Force
    Assigned to 832BS, 486BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 3rd Scouting Force. Ended Tour Duty (ETD).

  • Walter Achramowicz

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Walter Achramowicz also went on to serve in the Korean War. He retired from the US Air Force in 1964 with the...

  • Donald Adams

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 31st Fighter Group
    Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. 2 x missions. Credited with 2 destroyed and 2 damaged (ground). ...

  • William Agnew

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 353rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 350FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 70+ combat missions. Credited 1 probable. Killed in Mid Air Collision in P-51D 44-15598 2 miles SW Kaufbuern/ R-70. 5-Aug-45. KIA. Awards: DFC, AM (6 OLC), PH.

  • Michael Alba

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Born in Pasadena, California, Michael Alba grew up in Simi Valley where his family worked in the orchards. He was a 1937 teammate of future baseball star Jackie Robinson at the Pasadena City College, practicing on Catalina Island with the Cubs team....

  • Raymond Allen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: AM, WWII Victory.

  • William Allen

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Flew seven combat missions. On 5-Sep-44, returning from an escort mission to Stuttgart, Germany, he spotted several aircraft taking off from the airport at Göppingen. His flight of four P-51s went down, and when the...

  • Dudley Amoss

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. 59 Missions credited with 5.5 kills and 1.5 destroyed [Ground]. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Hopsten aerodrome. Hit by flak, limped towards friendly territory in Belgium, belly landed near Arnhem in P...

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Aircraft

  • 42-67825 'Texas Ranger IV'

    P-38 Lightning
    Shot down, flak hit, crashed near Coulommiers on 10 Apr 44. MACR 3620.

  • 42-67893

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Dijon, shot down by Fw190 and crashed near Évreux on 6-Feb-44 in P-38J 42-67893 on return from a bomber support mission to Dijon. Pilot 2nd Lt William Ashton heard to be baling out....

  • 42-67966 'Pretty Patty'

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Hamm. Shot down in melee with Bf109's Waldbröl 22-Apr-44 - Lt Clair A Penners POW. MACR 4121.

  • 42-68127

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bomber escort Wittstoch, Germany hit by flak near Dokkum, Holland 21-Jun-44 Lt Malcolm G Armstrong baled out POW. MACR 5942.

  • 44-13725 'Georgette'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Frankfurt. Became separated from squadron in overcast. Pilot Lt John E Bauer Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8545.

  • 44-13804 'Spunktown' 'Arabel'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Merseburg, hit by flak in coolant system, strafing a train between Osnabrook and Hannover, heading for base with a failing engine, abandoned A/C near Hilversum, 8-Nov-44. Capt Earl R...

  • 44-13818 'Mah Ideel'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Lonnewitz, engine failed, A/C abandoned Limberg, Germany 2-Mar-45 pilot 1st Lt Samuel F Anderson POW. MACR 12873.

  • 44-14135

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Heide, Germany. Hit by flak whilst strafing Ju88's on Leck A/D. Leaking coolant from radiator scoop, headed for Sweden, when engine caught fire, pilot Capt Robert D Brown...

  • 44-14167 'Purple Shaft'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt Peter Dempsey. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Hamm. Strafing Vorden aerodrome, possibly hit by flak. 26-Nov-44 - Lt Richard I Barrett POW. MACR 10538.

  • 44-14171

    P-51 Mustang
    44-14171 was usually flown by Captain Michael Alba, who ended his combat tour on 12 December 1944. ...

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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 Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978)

Roger Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Manual (London, 2001)

Michael Bowyer, Action Stations 1: Wartime Military Airfields of East Anglia 1939-1945 (Cambridge, 1979)

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