US Army Air Force Station No 483
Updated: 12 Feb 12
Opened: April 1941
Closed for runway relaying: Apr 1943
Reopened: Jan 1944
USAAF Airfield: Feb 1944 - Apr 1945
Closed: > Apr 1945
Closed: still an active RAF airfield
Airfield code :: YA > BA/BH
ICAO Code: MWYE > EGYE
Units based here:
?? Sqn ::
A Flt, 25 Sqn :: 1 Mar 1983 - 2 July 1989
D Flt, 85 Sqn :: 1 Oct 1989- ??
5 Group Aircrew Command School
256 MU :: also parented RAF Bottesford from Sep 1945.
Ninth AAF 52nd Troop Carrier Wing
61st TCG (14, 15, 53, 59 TCS) equipped with C47s
349th TCG (23, 312, 313, 314 TCS) equipped with C46s
RAF Barkston Heath opened in Apr 1941 as a relief landing ground for RAFC Cranwell until April 1943 when the runways were relaid until Jan 1944, to prepare it as a heavy bomber airfield and host an HCU. However this plan did not come to fruition and it served the USAAF from late 1943 instead.
USAAF units stationed here helped transport 507 Para Inf, 101 Airborne, to drop zone T, Ste Mere-Eglise in Normandy during Operation Overlord and 81 and 101 Airborne to their drop zones for Operation Market Garden. By the close of the war the airfield was operating C-46 and C-47.
In the 1950s Barskton Heath reverted to the role of relief landing ground for RAFC Cranwell but also housed A Flt, 25 Sqn's Bloodhound missiles.
"spotters' guide" to RAF Barkston Heath
About the Bloodhound system
Bloodhound exhibit at RAF Cosford
> USAAF Station Numbers
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