Dover Army Air Base

Airfield

Object Number - UPL 46370 - P-47D-22-RE #42-26151 Code: B4-W (bar) 365th Fighter Group - 387th Fighter Squadron - 9th AF

The first airfield site was near East Boldre, used before the First World War. A Royal Flying Corps and RAF station during the First World War, it was sold and dismantled from 1920-1924, though the land was used as a private airfield from 1933 to 1938. The second airfield site was on Hatchet Moor, built in 1942 with hard runways for RAF use. Handed to the Ninth Air Force 1944, it was home to the 365th Fighter Group then the 323rd Bomb Group. Handed back to the RAF in 1944, in January 1945 it bacame home to the Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment until 1950. Listed as a United States Air Forces Europe standby base from 1953-1955, the airfield was abandoned in 1959. It has since become FC New Forest plantations and public campsite.

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group 386th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-417403
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Fighter pilot / Asst Group Operations Officer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group 387th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35342038
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade)
  • Role/Job: Aircraft Crew Chief
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group 387th Fighter Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Nicknames: Sugah
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group 387th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Nicknames: Kansas Jack
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group 387th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group 386th Fighter Squadron Headquarters (365th Fighter Group)
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Nicknames: Lovely Lady Luck
  • Unit: 365th Fighter Group 387th Fighter Squadron

Revisions

Date27 Sep 2014 18:02:16
ContributorAAM
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Ninth Then and Now (London, 1994)

Chris Ashworth, Action Stations 5: Military Airfields of the South-West (Cambridge, 1982)

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