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Bomber Command Bases Map

Discussion in 'Air War in Western Europe 1939 - 1945' started by The_Historian, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. The_Historian

    The_Historian Pillboxologist

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    Interesting wee link. Only lists actual bomber fields though, not support units.
    "Dozens of other bases, not included here, were used for training and maintenance.
    Find out about the history of your nearest bomber station by moving the arrow over the locations shown on the map.
    Today the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family will today attend the dedication and unveiling of a memorial to tens of thousands of Bomber Command airmen who died in the Second World War flying from these bases.
    The Bomber Command Memorial in London's Green Park remembers the sacrifice and bravery of the 55,573 RAF crew who lost their lives in the conflict.
    Its centrepiece is a 9ft bronze sculpture depicting a seven-man bomber crew returning from a mission. The design of the roof is inspired by a Vickers Wellington aircraft and incorporates sections of aluminium recovered from a Handley Page Halifax III bomber shot down over Belgium on May 12 1944, killing eight crew."
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/...AF-Bomber-Command-base-in-England-mapped.html

     
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    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    That's actually quite a useful map for anyone thinking of visiting a few old sites......
     
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    This confirms the name for Licolnshire as "Bomber county"
     
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    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    Even today, if you take a flight over Lincolnshire, it's quite amazing how many and how close they are ( really there's nothing much else in that County except farmland ).
     
  5. Biak

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    I just stumbled across this pdf of USAAF :

    ARMY AIR FORCES STATIONS
    A Guide to the Stations Where U .S . Army Air Forces Personnel
    Served in the United Kingdom During World War II

    http://www.afhra.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-081010-027.pdf

    just a short teaser;
    ARMY AIR FORCES STATION LIST
    This listing is divided into three parts . Part 1, the numerical listing,
    includes all known station numbers . Part 2, the alphabetical listing, also
    includes installations that were not assigned AAF numbers . Part 3 indexes
    the alphabetical listing by geographic location, but does not include units
    assigned .
    Explanation of terms :
    AAF Number . The Army Air Forces station number assigned .
    Name . The official name of the installation, with alternative names
    appearing in parentheses .
    Location . Majority of locations are counties in England ; locations
    outside England are identified by county (if available) and country.
    Principal Unit(s) . Unit(s) assigned to the installation during World
    War 11 . Space considerations preclude identifying every unit assigned, so
    flying units predominate . When no unit designation is available, the
    command--usually Eighth or Ninth Air Force--is given . Where information
    is unknown, it is so indicated . Explanation of abbreviations and acronyms
    used appear in the glossary .

    PART 1 - NUMERICAL LISTING
    AAF
    NUMBER NAME LOCATION PRINCIPAL U NIT(S) ASSIGNED
    101 High Wycombe Buckinghamshire HQ 8 AF ; VIII Bomber Comd
    (Camp Lynn)
    102 Alconbury Huntingdonshire 452 Bomb Gp ; 1 Air Div
    103 Brampton Grange Huntingdonshire HQ 1 Air Div
    104 Hardwick Norfolk 20 Bomb Wg ; 93 Bomb Gp
    105 Chelveston Northamptonshire 305 Bomb Gp
    106 Grafton Underwood Northamptonshire 384 Bomb Gp
    107 Molesworth Huntingdonshire 303 Bomb Gp
    108 Old Catton (Camp Thomas) Norfolk 2 Bomb Wg ; 14 Bomb Wg

    Another 90 pages at the link.
     
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    Thanks.:cool:
     
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    Fred Wilson "The" Rogue of Rogues

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    PzJgr Drill Instructor

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    I was stationed at RAF Upwood servicing RAF Alconbury and RAF Molesworth. I can see how Upwood was a former bomber base but Alconbury erased all old buildings
     
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    urqh Tea drinking surrender monkey

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    Totally missed this Gordon, Good one..Pity it does not indeed show the support units, OCU's and OTU's such as Honeybourne in my back garden made many a bombing mission as well as training and conversions. Perhaps they will update one day.
     
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    You should try and get a copy of RAF Flying, Training and Support Units Since 1912 by Ray Sturtivant. Still not comprehensive, but packed full of info.
     
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    Sorry if this has been asked, or if it is Dumb/Rudimentary question, but I cannot help to ask.....
    ...looking at that bomber bases map, and knowing there were all kinds of other bases for troops, supplies, intelligence, etc.
    What happened to the civilian population of SE England during the war.? Were they moved, or was that not a very populated area at the time.?
    Thank You
     
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    A few would have been relocated Denny, but East Anglia etc wasn't very heavily populated and still isn't. I believe official policy was to keep a minimum distance of five miles between aerodromes at one point, but that obviously changed as the war progressed.
     
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    Not sure if this will help but here's another link

    http://www.wartimememoriesproject.com/ww2/airfields/index.php

    example;

    Gloucestershire
    • Aston Down/Minchinhampton. RAF. 12 Grp. Fighter Ops
    • Babdown Farm. RAF. 23 Grp. AFU
    • Bibury. RAF. 57 Wing. MSU
    • Chedworth. RAF. 12 Grp. TEU
    • Fairford. RAF. 23 Grp. Heavy Glider Conv Unit
    • Filton. RAF. 44 Grp. Transport OTU
    • Staverton. RAF. 25 Grp. AFU
    • Kemble. RAF. 116 Wing. Transport
    • Little Rissington. RAF. 23 Grp. AFU.
    • Long Marston. RAF. 91 Grp. Bomber OTU
    • Moreton in the Marsh. RAF. 91 Grp. Bomber OTU
    • Moreton Valance. RAF. 25 Grp. AFU
    • Northleach. RAF. 23 Grp. Glider Training School
    • Pucklechurch RAF No.11 Balloon Centre.
    • South Cerney. RAF. 23 Grp. AFU
    • Southrop. RAF. 23 Grp. AFU
    • Stoke Orchard. RAF. 23 Grp. Glider Training School
    • Windrush. RAF. 23 Grp. AFU.
     

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