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65th Ordnance Company


The 65th Ordnance Company were the first Aviation ammunition Unit to arrive in the UK, doing so on 11th June 1943. They were set to immediate work establishing the first Aviation Ordnance Section in a General Service Depot, at Burtonwood. They were briefly transferred to Barnham before being moved to Wortley, Yorkshire to man the first depot to accept AF munitions in quantity from the US. This Unit was the first African American Unit to arrive in England! Its arrival being the subject of an FBI document, relating to a press release, downplaying the arrival of 'negro' troops.


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Station Location Date
Based Burtonwood 11 June 1943
Based Barnham (Warren Wood) July 1943
Based Wortley 13 July 1943



  • N Schultz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Liaison Officer, Ordnance Department
    1st Lt N J Schultz Jr. is recorded as being the Ordnance Department Liaison Officer who had the immediate dealings with the initial occupancy of the RAF Reserve Ammunition Depot, Wortley. According to US documentation making his initial visit on July...

  • Spence

    Military | First Lieutenant | Officer I/C 65th Ordance Company at the time of their posting to Wortley, 13th July 1942




Date Contributor Update
27 March 2015 21:07:57 Redmist Changes to air forces

US history of Ordnance and Supply.

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2015 21:06:48 Redmist Changes to description

US History of Ordnance and Supply. 1942 FBI document.

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2015 21:05:05 Redmist Changes to description and stations

US History of Ordnance and Supply etc. 1942 FBI document.

Date Contributor Update
25 March 2015 10:44:07 Lucy May Created entry with type, category, name and stations

Langsett & Midhope At War website: