Abbots Ripton

Military site

Object Number - UPL 7219 - Aerial View of Station 547 Abbots Ripton Home of the 2nd Strategic Air Depot serving the B-17 fleet of the 8th AF

Strategic Air Depots were given separate station numbers to avoid confusion with the main airfield operation; the 2nd Strategic Air Depot, originally at Little Staughton, moved to Alconbury in March 1944 as that airfield, well served by road and rail, was developed; built to the east of the main Alconbury perimeter taxiway it was self-contained with its own tracks, hardstanding and workshops; such depots existed to maintain, supply and salvage aircraft of Air Force Combat Units; 3000 personnel assigned. Alconbury ceased operations during 1990s and Abbots Ripton buildings and site currently house commercial industries.

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 20th Fighter Group 10th Mobile Reclamation and Repair Squadron 55th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19137209 / O-707666
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Fighter pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Bad Egg
  • Unit: 2nd Strategic Air Depot 390th Bomb Group 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 401st Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Careful Virgin
  • Unit: 2nd Strategic Air Depot VIII Air Force Service Command 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars 323rd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Wonder Bird
  • Unit: 398th Bomb Group 600th Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date28 Jun 2016 16:47:58
ContributorPaul Bellamy
Sources

2SAD records (AFHRA via ARG Archive)

Date27 Feb 2015 00:58:47
ContributorPaul Bellamy
Sources

On-site observation

Date27 Sep 2014 18:02:16
ContributorAAM
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / M. Bowman, USAAF Handbook - 1939-1945 (Sutton Publishing Ltd, Stroud, 1997)

Roger Freeman, The Mighty Eighth War Manual (London, 1991)

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