Atcham

Airfield
Aerial photograph of Atcham airfield, looking north west, the fuel store is in the upper centre of the image, 9 September 1944. Photograph taken by 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, sortie number US/7GR/LOC416. English Heritage (USAAF Photography).

Object Number - US_7GR_LOC416_FV_7044 - Aerial photograph of Atcham airfield, looking north west, the fuel store is in the upper centre of the image, 9 September 1944. Photograph taken by...

Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained to fly P-47 Thunderbolts although a few also learnt to fly P-38 Lightnings. Atcham continued to see use as a training base until it was returned to the RAF in March 1945.

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 495th Fighter Training Group 78th Fighter Group 552nd Fighter Training Squadron 84th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-686799
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 352nd Fighter Group 496th Fighter Training Group 487th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-732110
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 495th Fighter Training Group 4th Fighter Group 334th Fighter Squadron 336th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: T-190559
  • Highest Rank: Flight Officer
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 495th Fighter Training Group 56th Fighter Group 63rd Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 13085796 / O-810456
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 495th Fighter Training Group 56th Fighter Group 552nd Fighter Training Squadron 61st Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39198892 / O-711911
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 27th Air Transport Group 495th Fighter Training Group 4th Fighter Group 312th Ferry Squadron 335th Fighter Squadron 552nd Fighter Training Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 495th Fighter Training Group 4th Fighter Group 334th Fighter Squadron 335th Fighter Squadron 551st Fighter Training Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Nicknames: The Flying Ute / Windy
  • Unit: 495th Fighter Training Group 56th Fighter Group 552nd Fighter Training Squadron 63rd Fighter Squadron 1st Gunnery & Tow Target Flight
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Nicknames: Ajax / Rocket Jo
  • Unit: 495th Fighter Training Group 78th Fighter Group 552nd Fighter Training Squadron 82nd Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 495th Fighter Training Group 4th Fighter Group 335th Fighter Squadron 551st Fighter Training Squadron

Revisions

Date27 Sep 2014 18:02:16
ContributorAAM
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978)

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