Skip to main content
Edit entry 

No 1 Combat Crew Replacement Center

Unit

Redesignated from No 11 Combat Crew Replacement Center on 12 November 1943.

Assigned to VIII Composite Command on 14 February 1944

Assigned to Air Disarmament Command 16 September 1944 and transferred with out men and aircraft to Chipping Ongar. There the unit undertook disarmament of captured enemy aircraft and disposal of captured equipment to gain intelligence on Luftwaffe and German aviation technology. Theatre indoctrination duties were transferred to combat units.

Structure

Part of
  • VIII Air Force Composite Command
  • Air Disarmament Command

    Air Disarmament Command

    Command
    In 1944, the Allies began to consider how to conduct the demobilization of Germany, and began to plan how they both could dismantle Germany's war making capabilities and exploit its technology after victory. As the Allies advanced into France in late...

Encompassing
Previously was
Became
Not yet known

Stations

Station Location Date
Based Bovingdon 12 November 1943
Based Chipping Ongar 16 September 1944

Connections

People

  • Otto Ahlers

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 25th Bomb Group
    December 9, 1943 take off crash from Bovington, UK on a weather recon flight in B17#42-37744. 10 KNO. 2 RAF Meteorological Officers aboard.

  • Albeny Blanchard

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 25th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). On return to base B17 #42-37869 crashed at Oakhampton returning from Atlantic weather reconnaissance mission. 5 KNO+2 RTD +1 RAF

  • John Buchanan

    Military | Master Sergeant | Engineer | 25th Bomb Group
    John Buchanan was killed on 9 December 1943 in a take-off crash from Bovingdon, UK, where the 1st Combat Crew Replacement Center were based. He was beginning a weather reconnaissance flight in B-17 #42-37744. All 10 on board were killed, including two...

  • Raymond Coats

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 25th Bomb Group
    On return to base B-17 #42-37869 crashed at Oakhampton returning from Atlantic WR Mission. RTD. 5 KNO+2 RTD +1 RAF

  • Bernard Cohen

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 25th Bomb Group
    December 9, 1943 take off crash from Bovington, UK on a weather recon flight in B17#42-37744. 10 KNO. 2 RAF Meteorological Officers aboard.

  • Peter Costello

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flt Eng | 25th Bomb Group
    December 9, 1943 take off crash from Bovington, UK on a weather recon flight in B17#42-37744. 10 KNO. 2 RAF Meteorological Officers aboard.

  • Samuel Craig

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 25th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). On return to base B-17 #42-37869 crashed at Oakhampton returning from Atlantic weather reconnaissance mission. 5 KNO +2 RTD +1 RAF

  • Casper Durgin

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Navigator B-17F #42-30131 presumed lost at sea when it failed to return from a weather reconnaissance mission on 2 Feb 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Matthew Ekes

    Military | Corporal | Gunner | 25th Bomb Group
    December 9, 1943 take off crash from Bovington, UK on a weather recon flight in B17#42-37744. 10 KNO. 2 RAF Meteorological Officers aboard.

  • John Evans

    Military | Captain | Chaplain | 55th Fighter Group
    Methodist

Show more

Aircraft

  • 42-2966

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 427BS/303BG [GN-U] Bangor 16/9/42; Molesworth 28/10/42; 1 CCRC Bovingdon 4/7/43 as trainer. Salvaged in the UK after the war, date not recorded.

  • 42-30131

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 15-Apr-43; Gore 25-Apr-43; Sioux City 30-Apr-43; Kearney 4-May-43; Bangor 20-May-43; 9-Jun-43 Assigned 547BS/384BG [SO-Q] Grafton Underwood; involved in mid-air collision over base with 42-30036 during practice flight 9-Sep-43 with...

  • 41-6364 'Lady Jacquelyn'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 1CCRC, 8AF USAAF.

Citations

None

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2019 16:18:24 Emily Changes to unit part of associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Brought together information from duplicate record to include information from: 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)

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2019 13:59:12 Emily Changes to type, category, name, description, air forces, aircraft types, unit encompassing associations and stations
Sources

Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Manual, pp118-125.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Share