Goxhill

Airfield
Aerial photograph of Goxhill airfield looking north west, the control tower and technical site with two T2 hangars and a J-Type hangar is at the bottom, barrack sites are top left, 8 June 1942. Photograph taken on sortie number RAF/UK753. English Heritage (RAF Photography).

Object Number - RAF_UK753_V_0027 - Aerial photograph of Goxhill airfield looking north west, the control tower and technical site with two T2 hangars and a J-Type hangar is at the...

Goxhill opened in June 1941 as an RAF Bomber Command airfield, before being handed over to RAF Fighter Command in December. The Eighth Air Force took ownership in August 1942, and used the airfield, which they quickly dubbed 'Goat Hill' for operational training. Several different US Fighter Groups used the base for operational training before moving on to their permanent operational homes. These included the 78th Fighter Group, before it moved to Duxford. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in January 1945. It was officially closed in 1953. Several of the airfield’s structures remain today.

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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: 353rd Fighter Group 350th Fighter Squadron 352nd Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 12046115 / O-793481
  • Highest Rank: Major
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 355th Fighter Group 358th Fighter Group 358th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19103690
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 357th Fighter Group 363rd Fighter Squadron 2nd Gunnery & Tow Target Flight
  • Service Numbers: 14034959 / T-223118
  • Highest Rank: Flight Officer
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 355th Fighter Group 496th Fighter Training Group 354th Fighter Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14095150 / O-795880
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Fighter Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Nicknames: Ginger
  • Unit: 496th Fighter Training Group 56th Fighter Group 62nd Fighter Squadron 2nd Gunnery & Tow Target Flight
  • Aircraft Type: P-38 Lightning
  • Unit: 1st Fighter Group 94th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 479th Fighter Group 496th Fighter Training Group 4th Fighter Group 335th Fighter Squadron 434th Fighter Squadron 555th Fighter Training Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: Joan Swoose
  • Unit: 357th Fighter Group 496th Fighter Training Group Base Air Depot 1 362nd Fighter Squadron 555th Fighter Training Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 496th Fighter Training Group 4th Fighter Group 335th Fighter Squadron 555th Fighter Training Squadron

Revisions

Date31 Oct 2014 13:40:08
ContributorLucyMM
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Date27 Sep 2014 18:02:16
ContributorAAM
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Manual (London, 2001)

Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978)

Bruce Barrymore Halpenny, Action Stations 2: Military Airfields of Lincolnshire and the East Midlands (Cambridge, 1984)

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