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War-Time Aerial Photograph of Earls Colne Airfield Dispersal Areas. Annotations have been added to identify the locations of Sites and Buildings. Please refer to the RAF Site Plan - Earls Colne Airfield Dispersal Areas for the Legend. All buildings noted (with the exception of building 498 in Site No. 13, which appears to have been the Nissen hut that was the Officers' Quarters of Lts. Rush, Stirneman, Lemmon, Guldemond and Foster) are within Site No. 2 Communal.




  • Walter Foster

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier
    Lt. Walt Foster was a navigator and bombardier from Upstate New York who served with the 456th BS during the Second World War. His first combat mission was flown from Earls Colne Airfield on February 3, 1944 to the Ruisseville "No Balls” secret weapon...

  • John Guldemond

    Military | Pilot

  • Thomas Lemmon

    Military | First Lieutenant

  • Leo Rush

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier, B-26 Marauder
    Dale Rush served with the 456th BS as a bombardier. He was killed on May 20, 1944 on a mission to Dieppe when "Ole 33 Gal" WT-A Serial No. 41-35033, flying in the Box II, Flight 3 lead position, took a direct hit of heavy flak that shattered the...

  • Charles Stirneman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier - Navigator
    Lt. Stirneman appears to have shared a Nissan hut with Lts. Leo Dale Rush, Walter E. Foster, John Guldemond, Lemmon, and Pfc. "Burma" in Quarters Area 13 at Earls Colne Airfield, England. Lt. Stirneman was born on 15 May 1921 and was killed in action...


  • Earls Colne

    Military site : airfield
    Earls Colne was built in 1941 as an airfield for No.3 Group, RAF Bomber Command, although never used as such. Assigned to the US Eighth Air Force (as Station 358) in 1942, its 36 hardstands were increased to 50, bringing the airfield up to Air Ministry...

  • Marks Hall

    Military site : non-airfield
    Marks Hall's estate was requisitioned in 1941 for the construction of Earls Colne airfield (USAAF Station 358). ...


Date Contributor Update
21 September 2018 23:22:44 JMF Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

The aerial photograph was saved from this website and annotated as noted above. Many thanks to Jonathan Jukes, John Camp and Richard and Ann Turner of the Boxted Airfield Museum.