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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Some of the armory tents and temporary buildings at Kings Cliffe air base where the 20th Fighter Group were stationed between 26 August 1943 and 11 October 1945. The two tents on the left hand side of the photograph were ammunition tents. The one on the left stored 0.50 inch calibre ammunition for the P-38 Lightning's machine guns, and the one on its right stored 20mm calibre ammunition for the P-38 Lightning's cannon.



  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...


  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:21:51 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection