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Brampton Grange

Military site : non-airfield

The First Air Division HQ was established at the Grange Hotel, Brampton and very quickly became operational on 15th June 1942 under the command of Colonel Claude E Duncan; on 19th August, Brampton was officially activated as the First Bomb Wing Headquarters.

This was also the site of No 16 'Splasher' medium frequency radio beacons used to enable formation assembly in 'solid overcast' weather.




  • William Archer

    Military | Private First Class | Teleprinter Operator

  • John Barta

    Military | First Lieutenant | DS Far Shore

  • John Baxter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Baxter was dismissed from the USAAF for disobeying a command from Lt Karl Franek to report for flying duty and partake in the mission on 8 October 1943. ...

  • Claude Duncan

    Military | Brigadier General | Commander
    Assumed command of the 1st Bombardment Wing on 27 July 1942. Replaced by Colonel Newton Longfellow on 21 August 1942 per 1st Bombardment Wing General Orders #5 dated 21 August 1942.

  • Robert Kleifgen

    Military | Captain | Photographer/Assigned Intel photo Operations Echelon 1st Air DivisionHeadquarters | 351st Bomb Group
    Loaded cameras on bombers for bombing analysis . Put cameras on the planes for the 351st BG.

  • Laurence Kuter

    Military | General | Commander
    ADC to CG, 8th Air Force 8 - 23 November 1942. ADC to CG, 8th Bomber Command 24 November - 11 December 1943. CG 1st Combat Bomb Wing 1 - 31 December 1942

  • Newton Longfellow

    Military | Brigadier General | Commanding General, 8th Air Force Bomber Command
    Formerly command pilot. CG VIII Bomber Command 2 December 1942 to 30 June 1943. Awards: SS, WWII Victory, EAME, CBE (Commander British Empire).

  • Thomas Morrow

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Commanding Officer, Ordnance Department | 1st Fighter Group
    Thomas B Morrow (1915-1994) joined the Shell Oil company in Ventura California in 1936 after graduating from Stanford University, he had joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) during his studies and was granted a reserve commission. ...

  • John Roth

    Military | Private First Class (6th Grade) | 1st Bomb Division Headquarters Reconnaissance Analyst (Photo Section)
    "John Henry Roth, Sr., a 67 year resident of Langhorne, passed away on Friday, January 8, 2015 at his home. He was 94 years young. ...

  • Robert Travis

    Military | Brigadier General | Commanding Officer
    Robert was Commander of 41st CBW composed of 303rd, 384th, and the 379th BG. ...


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:16 AAM AAM ingest

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) /

Miller, 2007.

Roger Freeman, The Mighty Eighth War Manual (London, 1991)