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Contrary to the nearby factory airfield of Bachman & Blumenthal, Fürth-Atzenhof received very little damage. This was in no small part owing to the base commander, who did not carry out orders to blow up the airfield, saving the historical buildings for future generations. Fürth was taken and occupied by the U.S. Army 42nd Infantry Div on 19 April 1945. They used it used as the Ninth Air Force combat airfield R-28 Fürth until the end of the war in Europe. After the war "Army Airfield Station Fürth" was established at the airfield, but it closed in June 1947.

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  • Robert Anderson

    Military | First Lieutenant | photographer
    He was a photo reconnaissance pilot with the Army Air Corps, flew missions from France and Belgium, including the Battle of the Bulge, in the winter of 1944/1945. Born February 20, 1924 and raised in San Leandro California, Bob enlisted at the age of...

  • Leland Larson

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 10th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
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  • Stewart Mimm

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Reconnaissance Pilot | 10th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

  • Elmer Olson

    Military | Captain | Fighter Reconnaissance Pilot | 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group

  • Ralph Woolner

    Military | 10th Photographic Reconnaissance Group
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  • 42-103358 Little Honey

    F-6 Mustang
    P-51C, coded ZM-Q, serial number 42-103358 and nicknamed “Little Honey”. It was the assigned aircraft of Lt. Donald Lynch. It was a P-51C-5-NT [Dallas built] that was field converted to F-6C standard. ...


Date Contributor Update
23 November 2017 19:08:27 466thHistorian Changes to known as, latitude, longitude, usaaf from date, usaaf to date, construction date, closure date and history

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2017 11:53:05 general ira snapsorter Created entry with name, number, latitude and longitude

Place added with details from:
- "Battle Colors Volume III - Insignia and Tactical Markings of the Ninth Air Force in World War Two' by Robert A. Watkins;