Bottisham

Airfield
Aerial photograph of Bottisham airfield, looking east, the PSP runway runs vertically up the image, 13 April 1942. Photograph taken by No. 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit, sortie number RAF/HLA/482. English Heritage (RAF Photography).

Object Number - RAF_HLA_482_FP_1055 - Aerial photograph of Bottisham airfield, looking east, the PSP runway runs vertically up the image, 13 April 1942. Photograph taken by No. 1...

The P-47 Thunderbolts of the 361st Fighter Group damaged the surfaces of the airfield so much in the first months of flying from Bottisham that American engineers were called in to lay a new runway. In January 1944 they constructed a 1,470-yard-long runway with pierced-steel planking in just three days. Accommodation on base was always tight and many of the temporary buildings put up to house the crews were in and around the village of Bottisham. As in many other cases, when the Americans came they seemed to take over the village as well as the airfield.

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 361st Fighter Group 496th Fighter Training Group 376th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 17063962 / O-679804
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 361st Fighter Group 374th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-676715
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 361st Fighter Group 374th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19101427 / O-763456
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 361st Fighter Group 374th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 36249785 / O-710026
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 361st Fighter Group 374th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19130141 / O-763028
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 361st Fighter Group 375th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 361st Fighter Group 375th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 361st Fighter Group 375th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Goona Clara Ann Lil Larry
  • Unit: 361st Fighter Group 376th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Sleepytime Gal
  • Unit: 361st Fighter Group 376th Fighter 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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