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2nd Strategic Air Depot



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Established Little Staughton 12 October 1943
Based Little Staughton 12 October 1943 – 1 February 1944
Based Abbots Ripton 1 February 1944 – 23 June 1945



  • Carmine Auricchio

    Military | Sergeant | Photographer
    Basic Training in Greensboro, NC at photo school then Denver Co. Took the Queen Mary to England. Stationed at Abbots-ripton from Nove 43 to Mar 45. Our photo lab had up to 18 photographers and all the negatives from other bomb groups that we printed up...

  • Amond Ballinger

    Military | Corporal (Technician Fifth Grade) | Radio Repairman
    Meritorious Service Unit Plaque/Good Conduct

  • Loran Brader

    Military | First Lieutenant | Maintenance
    Army Commendation Medal

  • Frank Brozik

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Ground Crew

  • James Cavender

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 355th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: Post war: Earned a BS in Chemistry at Texas A&M University, subsequently entering a long career as a research chemist with Monsanto St. Louis, MO.

  • Eugene Cetton


  • Horace Fenton

    Military | Captain | Chaplain | 35th Air Depot Group
    U. Presb.

  • Louis Gerstle

    Military | Sergeant
    Whenever a B-17 was damaged beyond repair or could not take off where it landed, we salvaged all parts of the plane including axing fuselage into pieces. We stayed at hotels, English and American bases all over England. ...

  • Harold Hawley

    Military | Technical Sergeant | line chief | 5th Air Depot Group
    Spent three years in England doing major repair on battle damaged B-17s. Bronze Star, EAME, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal.

  • William Hildebrand

    Military | Master Sergeant | Ground Crew | 5th Air Depot Group

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  • 41-24484 Bad Egg

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 401BS/91BG [LL-C] Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 1/10/42; on return from Cognac 43+m 31/12/43, diverted through weather to Gt Dunmow, Andrews Field, then Hunsdon Afd, with Hilary Evers, Co-pilot: Paul McDuffee, Navigator: Frank Keneley,...

  • 41-24639 'Careful Virgin'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 9/9/42; Boise 16/9/42; wrecked on landing with broken crankshaft, rep; Cheyenne 11/10/42; Assigned 323BS/91BG [OR-W] Bassingbourn 29/1/43 and first in group to have AFCE fitted at 2 SAD Lt Staughton 8/3/44; transferred 7/5/44 50+m...

  • 42-107043 Fitch's Bandwagon

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 4/2/44; Grenier 2/3/44; Assigned 613BS/401BG [IN-B] 21 combat missions; Deenethorpe 23/3/44; Taxi accident while waiting to take-off for Equihen, France 2/6/44 with Larry Fitchett, Co-pilot: Bruce Campbell, Navigator: Lawrence Pfeiffer,...

  • 42-29923 Pappy's Hellions III, Lucky Strike

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/3/43; Casper 28/3/43; Tinker 10/4/43; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-K] Chelveston 18/5/43 PAPPY'S HELLIONS III; ...

  • 42-30039 'Liberty Belle'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/4/43; Sioux City 14/4/43; Kearney 3/5/43; Dow Fd 24/5/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-Q] in US; transferred 544BS/384BG [SU-H] Grafton Underwood 29/5/43; 2 SAD Lt Staughton 14/8/43; transferred Aphrodite Project 803BS RCM Knettishall 1...

  • 42-30322 'Liberty Belle' 'Patches'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 14-May-43; Kearney 30-May-43; Dow Field, Bangor, Maine 2-Jun-43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-P] Horham 15-Jun-43; on Munster raid 10-Oct-43 with Bill Owen, Radio Operator: Sgt Cain WIA in throat, but rescued by RAF ASR, but ship limped...

  • 42-3078 'Winsome Winn'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/1/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG Dow Fd 24/4/43; 4m, transferred 100BG /43; 534BS/381BG [GD-M] 15/6/43; 2SAD 13/11/43 ret 15/11/43; ...

  • 42-31414

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/11/43; Kearney 16/11/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-J] Deenethorpe 14/1/44; on ferry trip from Little Staughton to Deenethorpe 27/1/44 with Mitch Woods, Co-pilot: Leon Van Sycle, Navigator: Rich Montfort, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-31588

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 26/11/43; Wendover 7/12/43; Assigned 748BS/457BG [Q] Glatton 26/1/44; battle damaged Lippstade 25/2/44 with Ed Dozier; Co-pilot: , Navigator: , Bombardier: , Flight engineer/top turret gunner: , Radio Operator: Seymour Plissdied...

  • 42-37757

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 19/8/43; Scott 16/9/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-N] Molesworth 18/10/43; crash landed on local flight landing on grass beside runway when u/c failed 10/12/43, with John Long, Co-pilot: Amon Earhart, Navigator: George Carroll, Flight...

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Date Contributor Update
28 June 2016 16:46:08 Paul Bellamy Changes to stations

2SAD records (AFHRA via ARG Archive)

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2016 16:39:04 Paul Bellamy Changes to type and stations

2SAD records (AFHRA via ARG Archive)

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2014 21:20:43 466thHistorian Changes to stations

466th BG HIstorian

Date Contributor Update
30 December 2014 21:20:04 466thHistorian Changes to type, air forces and aircraft types

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:43 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia