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Base Air Depot 2

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During 1942 to 1945 Warton Aerodrome was Base Air Depot No. 2, Station 582 of the U.S. 8th Air Force. In the three years it was active it processed over 10,000 aircraft and saw over 45,000 aircraft movements. Every type of American aircraft used in the European Theatre of Operations visited B.A.D.2. The unit also processed over 422,120 aero engines, parachutes, accessories, armaments, radios and instruments. The work done here was essential to the war in Europe.

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Based Warton 18 August 1942 – 3 September 1945

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People

  • Ishmael Abernathy

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 78th Fighter Group
    Trained with 312FS, 338FG. Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • Byron Amundsen

    Military | Sergeant | Ground Crew | Base Air Depot 2
    ETO, Good Conduct

  • Jimmie Andrews

    Military | Flight Officer | Fighter Pilot | 27th Air Transport Group
    Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 310th Ferry Squadron, 27th Air Transport Group, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to Base Air Depot 2, 8AF USAAF.

  • Marion Barnell

    Military | Corporal | Mechanic | Base Air Depot 2

  • Cardell Barton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ground Crew | Base Air Depot 2
    Packed parachutes for airmen. At Freckleton at time of B 24 crashing into local school during thunderstorm.

  • Irving Bienstock

    Military | Corporal | Medic | Base Air Depot 2
    Originally served as a combat medic attached to the 253rd Combat Engineers. After being wounded in France, he was transferred to the Eighth Air Force, 2nd Strategic Air Depot. Good Conduct Medal; World War II Victory Medal

  • Lloyd Bingham

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | Base Air Depot 2
    Killed in Action (KIA). P-51B #43-12415. On 4 Jan 1944 believed to have crashed at sea west of Fleetwood, Lancashire on local test flight.

  • Ernest Bloemendal

    Military | Private First Class | Supply | Base Air Depot 2

  • John Bloemendal

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | Base Air Depot 2
    Test pilot. Was pilot of the plane that was hit by lightning and blew up and crashed into the Freckelton school and a snack bar. Plane was #42-50291 a B-24

  • Allen Carr

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Repairman | Base Air Depot 2
    Repaired sheet metal on planes

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Aircraft

  • 42-106720

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 505FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Chatres, A/C P-51B 42-106720 suffered engine troubles, A/C abandoned and crashed near Ch√Ęteaudun on 17-Jun-44. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 5945.

  • 42-30167 Destiny's Tot, Angel Pumpkin

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/4/43; Tinker 27/4/43; Smoky Hill 5/5/43; Tinker 12/5/43; Lincoln 20/5/43; Bangor 23/5/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-H] Framlingham; Horham 15/6/43; ...

  • 42-3090 'T'aint A Bird'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 6/2/43; en route to UK aircraft force landed Clonakilty, N. Ireland 7/4/43 with Bill Thomas, Co-pilot: Jim Stapleton, Navigator: Bill Prochaska, Bombardier: Collis Hayes, Ball turret gunner: Floyd Thompson frost-bitten feet, Radio...

  • 42-3095 'Peggy Ann'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26-Jan-43; Pueblo 1-Feb-43; Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 10-Jun-43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-Z] Horham 2-Jul-43; 14m, (force landed Eye AF 22/2/44), transferred SAD 1-Mar-44; 94BG Rougham 25-Jul-43; 25BG Watton 1-Apr-44; 2 BAD 19-Jun-44;...

  • 42-31581

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; Paine Fd 28/11/43; Portland 2/12/43; Gt Falls 5/12/43; Kearney 16/12/43; Chicago 21/12/43; La Guardia 22/12/43; Grenier 24/12/43; Presque Is 30/12/43; Assigned Soxo 1/1/44 at Toome, N.I. ...

  • MM310

    Mosquito
    Crashed, RAF Warton, Belly Landing. 17th June 1944. Charles W Himes (pilot) USAAF. Written Off, Damaged Beyond Repair.

  • MM340

    Mosquito
    Minor damage ground looped, RAF Warton / USAAF Station 582, 18th March 1944. Charles W. Himes (pilot) USAAF. Struck Off Charge 17th June 1946.

  • 42-52768 'Leo'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assignments: 834th BS, 486th BG, 8th AF (coded 2S-E) - Missions [7] - 27 May 44 7th BS, 34th BG, 8th AF (coded K) - Missions [6] - 11 Jun 44 860th BS, 493rd BG, 8th AF (K) - Missions [20] Jun - at least [19] Jul 44 BAD 2 (end 1944) RZI.

  • 42-103601 "Mazie R" (later "Little Dog")

    P-51 Mustang
    Aircraft assigned to 1st Lt John J. Salsman who was credited with 2 victories.

  • 42-103502 Pride of the Yanks' 'Bat Cave'

    P-51 Mustang
    P-51C 42-103502 'Pride of the Yanks / Bat Cave' 364th FS, 357th FG, 8th AF. Mount of Capt Charles D Sumner [4.5 aerial victories]. Naming of home town Bat Cave, North Carolina was prize for GI war bond fund raising competition. ...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2015 16:18:55 Bomble Bee Changes to description and stations
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Details from research carried out by BAE Systems Warton Aerodrome Heritage Centre and "Bomble Bee".

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2015 12:04:26 Bomble Bee Changes to type, nicknames, motto, air forces and aircraft types
Sources

Details from research carried out by BAE Systems Warton Aerodrome Heritage Centre and "Bomble Bee".

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:46 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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