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Close to but completely separate from RAF Headcorn, Lashenden was built for the RAF during 1942-43 as an Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), initially as a light bomber base and then as a training base for mobile fighter squadrons. Enlarged and improved for the Ninth Air Force during 1943-44, the station eventually had two BRC runways, 80 Sommerfeld Track hardstandings, and a Butler combat hangar plus supplementary blister hangars. Taken over by the 100th Fighter Wing in April 1944, the station was occupied by the 354th Fighter Group, equipped with P-51s, for only two months from April to June 1944. The airfield was then unused from July 1944 and closed in September 1944. Dismantling of the runways and buildings began in October 1944, and the site officially returned to agriculture from January 1945. However, during the 1960s part of the site was used again for private flying, and has since been developed into the multi-role Lashenden (Headcorn) Aerodrome. This is confusingly sometimes called simply Headcorn Aerodrome, although completely separate from the wartime ALG at Headcorn. The current Aerodrome has been home since 1970 to the Lashenden Air Warfare Museum.




  • Robert Ackerly

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. ...

  • Gus Allen

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 Single Engine | 354th Fighter Group
    2.5 air kills 4 ground kills

  • William Anderson

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine | 354th Fighter Group
    7 kills plus 2 V-1s

  • William Anderson

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 20th Fighter Group
    William Yngve Anderson (June 28, 1921 – May 9, 2011) was a Swedish American fighter ace of World War II with seven official victories in Europe, flying P-51 Mustang fighters in the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF). He was born in Kramfors, Sweden. ...

  • Raymond Bain

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 354th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 555FTS, 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 355FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. 80 missions. Failed to Return fighter sweep to Schifferstadt hit by return fire and shot down in P-51D 44-63193 21-Feb-45. Baled out POW. MACR 12599.

  • John Bakalar

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 354th Fighter Group
    Namesake of Bakalar Air force Base

  • Don Beerbower

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot | 354th Fighter Group
    CO 353rd FS 354th FG 9th AF ...

  • Don Beerbower

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Squadron Commander | 354th Fighter Group
    Top ace of the 9th AF with 15.5 air and 3 ground kills when KIA Aug. 9, 1944. First US serviceman to be awarded the Silver Star in liberated France. P-51B s/n 43-12375 FT+E "Bonnie B II" crew chief TSgt Leon Panter.

  • Carl Bickel

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine | 354th Fighter Group
    5 kill ace Hub stands for Head Up (his ass) Bickel.

  • Vernon Boehle

    Military | Major | Fighter pilot | 362nd Fighter Group
    A 71[Eagle] Sqn RAF Spitfire pilot, transferring to the 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF USAAF. ...

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  • 42-106633

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 355FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) 22-Jul-44; downed by flak in vicinity of St Lo. Pilot Clarence H Stewart Jr Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6653

  • 42-106712

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 353FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort Madgeburg turned back due to mech failure 1st Lt Donald McDowell Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5133.

  • 42-106737

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 382FS, 363FG, 9AF USAAF. Transferred to 355FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Lemons-Dreux, France area 8-Aug-44. Lt Garland Page abandoned A/C Evreux-Chartres area. MACR 8499

  • 42-106897 'Rigor Mortis'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 353FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Nuenkirchen, Germany 4-Nov-44; 2Lt Alan Brooke Prosise Jr POW MACR 10184

  • 42-106935

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 370FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 356FS, 354FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Periers, France. Strafing horse drawn convoy, hit telegraph and attempted to belly land. Pilot Lt William J Walbrecker Killed in Action (KIA), 26-Jun-44...

  • 42-75392 'Spunky'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Robert J Messenger. Transferred to 377FS, 362FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from strafing mission, hit trees strafing armed vehicles on edge of woods. With a dead engine pilot Lt Robert...

  • 42-76437 'Street Cleaner'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 378FS, 362FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing mission to Sedan, France. After 3rd bombing pass on transport column in Bastogne, pilot 2Lt William B Foster reported prop had failed, bellied in and walked away. POW. 23-Dec-44....

  • 43-12175

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 353FS, 354FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) crashed Röhrsen, Germany 8-Apr-44. Pilot Lt Dennis Johns Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 3560.

  • 43-12264 'Sweet Suzanne'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 355FS, 354FG, 9AF. Lost on bomber support penetration mission to Berlin 3-Mar-44. Engine failed, tried to return to base and crash landed near Blokzijl. Pilot Lt Horace B White initially evaded capture...

  • 43-12375 'Bonnie B'

    P-51 Mustang
    P-51B Mustang FT*E 43-12375 "Bonnie B", 353rd FS, 354th FG, 9th AF. While on a fighter sweep in the Reims, France area he took the squadron down to strafe a German airfield. On their second pass his plane took hits in the wing and fuselage, then went...

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

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Ninth Then and Now (London, 1994)

Chris Ashworth, Action Stations 5: Military Airfields of the South-West (London, 1982)