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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2005 12:05 pm 
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David or anyone else reading this:

Can you tell me what engineering units might have been in Westwood, England (near Bath) just prior to the D-Day invasions? I am trying to help a new friend with this info. He was living in the area as a small boy and remembers American engineers (castles on their jackets) stationed in fields near his home. They gave him candy and gum and he has some fond memories of these days.

Thanks in advance. I have also posted this request on a BBC site.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2005 5:36 pm 
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Hi Marion. I did a little looking and couldn't figure out exactly which airfield was in the area around Westwood. The best I could find was that Westwood was the original name for Peterborough but I think Peterborough was an RAF field. If he can give you any more detail on which airfield, I might be able to hone the search.

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Hi David:

Sorry I don't have any other info to give you. It was a long time ago and the only thing he remembers was it was near this home and that the soldiers were Americans with castles on their uniforms.

To be honest, I'm not even positive if he meant airfield or just a field near his house. Guess I was taking a long shot and just trying to find out what units were in the area and then narrowing it down to engineer units.

Thanks! :wink:

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 9:35 am 
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I'll keep seeing what I can find and maybe someone will jump in with more info.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 9:10 pm 
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I asked Denis Sharp (a great source on Essex airfields) if he had any info on fields near Bath. Here's a bit of his reply ....

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Peterborough Cambridgshire is about one and a half hours drive away but surrounding it are the following USAAF airfields
Alconbury, station 102 (British built)
Kingscliffe, station 367 (British Built)
Grafton Underwood, station 106 (British Built)
Molesworth, station 107 (British Built)
Polebrook, station 110 (British Built)
Deenethorpe, station 128 (British Built)
Kimbolton, station117 (British Built)
Chelveston, station 105 (British Built)
All of these were built by the main airfield construction company's of W&C French Limited, Richard Costain Limited, John Laing & Company or Taylor -Woodrow Limited under British Government contract during 1940-41. They were originally built for 8 group RAF Bomber Command but were handed over to the USAAF when the Eighth USAAF started to arrive in Britain. Unless the specifications were not to USAAF standard IE: two T2 Hangars and 50 loop style hardstands, then additional work may have been carried out once the USAAF arrived by the E(A)B's.
The exception in the area is Glatton , station 130 this was built by the 809th Engineer(Aviation) battalion during 1942-43.


Going on this, I'll see if I can find any records of IX Engineer Command units working on any of these fields.

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Doing some quick searches, I didn't see much. I did find these two sites with information about the 809th EAB at Glatton. Maybe some of these photos will look familiar.

809th EAB Photos
Glatton Memories


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