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689th Quartermaster Company

Company

Designated the 689th Quartermaster Company Aviation (LM) on 22 April 1942 with a strength of 50 enlisted men under the command of Lieutenant William Fairbank. Having already been alerted for overseas shipment, the unit sailed aboard the SS Cathay to the UK the same day.

The unit arrived in Newport on 14 May 1942, and were sent to Wicksteed Park, Northamptonshire the following day, where they undertook duties of establishing warehouses, unloading, railway cars and the necessary guard duty and fatigue.

On 9 June 1942 the unit were moved to Central Hall in Kettering to establish a mess for 300 US troops, they were then moved to the 2nd Air Depot Group at Molesworth on 17 June 1942.

In August 1942 the unit was moved to Warrington, then Poynton. On 15 September they were redesignated the 689th Ordnance Company, and were moved to Melchbourne Park, near Rushden shortly after.

On 5 November 1942 the unit was assigned to VIII Air Force Service Command, and again redesignated the 1689th Ordnance Supply & Maintenance Company.

Commanding officers
  • William Fairbanks

    Military | Lieutenant | Commanding Officer, Ground Echelon | 390th Bomb Group
    Fairbanks was the commanding Officer of the 689th Quartermaster Company, the first unit of the Eighth Air Force to leave the US. ...

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Stations

Station Location Date
Transited through Newport 14 May 1942
Based Kettering 9 June 1942
Based Molesworth 17 June 1942
Based Poynton 6 August 1942
Based Melchbourne Park 7 October 1942

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  • William Fairbanks

    Military | Lieutenant | Commanding Officer, Ground Echelon | 390th Bomb Group
    Fairbanks was the commanding Officer of the 689th Quartermaster Company, the first unit of the Eighth Air Force to leave the US. ...

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02 December 2019 11:38:45 Emily Created entry with type, category, name, description, air forces, unit encompassing associations, unit became association, person associations and commanding officers associations
Sources

Freeman, Mighty Eighth, p5

http://whiteford.itgo.com/military/RWWhiteford.html

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