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Kenneth Elsden


Kenneth Elsden worked for the construction company William Sindall. The company were based in Cambridge, and worked on the construction of USAAF bases including Molesworth, Chelveston and Grafton Underwood.

From 1939-1954 Kenneth was based at Molesworth, he would travel from his home in Cambridge on Mondays, and stay at his office on the base throughout the week, before returning home on Fridays. He spent many hours in the Officer's Mess with bomber crews who taught him to play craps and pool.

Kenneth's Office where he administered his workforce was close to some of the dispersal points and was near the bend in the road, now the B660.

Kenneth's son remembers: 'He had great respect for the crews and often mentioned their names (Jack Mathis was a name I can recall.'



  • Jack Mathis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 359BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. As lead Bombardier aboard 'The Duchess', released bombs accurately on target Vegesack after being mortally wounded in B-17 41-24561 18-Mar-43. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

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Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...


Event Location Date
Lived in Cambridge


Date Contributor Update
22 November 2019 10:40:59 Emily Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

Information supplied by Terry Elsden, son of Kenneth Elsden, through correspondence with the AAM