Ramsbury

Airfield
Lieutenant Don Handigard and Lieutenant "Cozy" Cole, pilots of the 437th Troop Carrier Group outside their Nissen hut at Ramsbury. Spring 1944. Image via Richard Denison. Written on slide casing: 'Don Handigard & "Cozy" Cole, 437 TCG, Ramsbury, Sp 1944, Handigard KIA 6/6/44.'

Object Number - FRE 7457 - Lieutenant Don Handigard and Lieutenant "Cozy" Cole, pilots of the 437th Troop Carrier Group outside their Nissen hut at Ramsbury. Spring 1944. Image...

Planned as an RAF operational training station, Ramsbury was allocated while under construction to the Eighth Air Force as a transport base. Built during 1942, it had eventually three concrete runways, 28 pan and 24 loop hardstandings, and two T2 hangars. The 64th Troop Carrier Group, equipped with
C-47s and C-53s, occupied the station from August to November 1942, when it was loaned to the RAF for operational training. Transferred to the Ninth Air Force in October 1943, it was occupied briefly by the 434th and 435th Troop Carrier Groups from December 1943 until January 1944. The 437th Troop Carrier Group, equipped with C-47s, then became resident from February 1944 to February 1945, while the station was also used by other transport units to collect supplies. Although left vacant, the station was kept by IX Troop Carrier Command as a reserve airfield until handed over to the RAF in June 1945. Closed in 1946 but kept as a reserve airfield until the 1950s, the site quickly returned to agriculture after being released. The runways and most other concrete areas were removed during the 1960s, although several wartime buildings remain in use today.

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 437th Troop Carrier Group 439th Troop Carrier Group 85th Troop Carrier Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 39118494
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Glider Mechanic
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 437th Troop Carrier Group 85th Troop Carrier Squadron
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 437th Troop Carrier Group 83rd Troop Carrier Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35671582
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Crew Chief
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 437th Troop Carrier Group 86th Troop Carrier Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 38216003
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 437th Troop Carrier Group 83rd Troop Carrier Squadron
  • Service Numbers: T-124538
  • Highest Rank: Flight Officer
  • Role/Job: Glider Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: C-47 Skytrain
  • Unit: 437th Troop Carrier Group 83rd Troop Carrier Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: C-47 Skytrain
  • Nicknames: Wags Wagon
  • Unit: 437th Troop Carrier Group 83rd Troop Carrier Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: C-47 Skytrain
  • Unit: 437th Troop Carrier Group 83rd Troop Carrier Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: C-47 Skytrain
  • Unit: 437th Troop Carrier Group
  • Aircraft Type: C-47 Skytrain
  • Unit: 437th Troop Carrier Group 84th Troop Carrier Squadron

Revisions

Date27 Sep 2014 18:02:18
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 (London, 1982)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Ramsbury

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