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Kircassock House

Military site : non-airfield

Home to the 496th Fighter Training Group and other support units.

Detailed history

On September 12th 1942 the 8th Air Force: HQ VIII Air Force Composite Command arrived in Northern Ireland. It is recorded as being temporarily stationed at Long Kesh before moving to Kircassock House near Lurgan, by 14th November 1942. Kircassock was designated AAF station 231, and an extensive base was built within the surrounding grounds of the house comprising of over 70 buildings.

Mention can also be found of the 496th Fighter Training Group being activated there in December 1943. It was however only a few personnel in an administration role, before they transferred to Goxhill on the 27th December. The Army postal station that was based there (NY639) is recorded as being operational by 16th September 1942. The NY is a short form of Nyack, which the base is sometimes referred to as. Units also based there included:

252nd Military Police Company (Aviation) May 1943-15 January 1944
1385th Military Police Company, (Aviation) 7 May 1943 15 January 1944

8th AFCC left Kircassock on 13th February 1944, and XV Corps US Army is recorded as using the house as their headquarters between 1st March 1944 and the 25th May 1944.

English Heritage's record description

Not yet known

Service

People

  • Charles Burnett

    Military | Private First Class | Military Policeman
    Burnett was Dishonourably Discharged from the USAAF on 20 October 1943 and sentenced to 5 years hard labour for sleeping at his post at Toome on 17 September 1943.

  • Donald McFall

    Military | Private | 403rd Air Depot
    McFall was Dishonourably Discharged from the USAAF on 21 October 1943 and sentenced to 5 years hard labour for sleeping at his post at Langford Lodge on 6 October 1943.

  • Andrew Petrovich

    Military | Private First Class
    Petrovich was Dishonourably Discharged from the USAAF on 22 October 1943 and sentenced to 5 years hard labour for sleeping at his post at Cluntoe on 23 September 1943.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2015 10:50:23 US Forces in Northern Ireland during WW2 Changes to usaaf to date
Sources

https://www.flickr.com/photos/111021196@N07/11584325196/in/album-72157638879220313/

Date Contributor Update
13 September 2015 10:36:41 US Forces in Northern Ireland during WW2 Changes to usaaf from date, usaaf to date and history
Sources

https://www.flickr.com/photos/111021196@N07/11584325196/in/album-72157638879220313/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / http://www.parksandgardens.org/places-and-people/site/1963

https://www.flickr.com/photos/111021196@N07/11583659423/

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