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2052nd Aviation Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon at Upottery 14/08/1944 (© USAAF via Ted Heinbuch)
RAF Upottery airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture - airfield and control tower sold 17th May 2006, current owner not known
Tower Type:
Watch Office for all commands 343/43, with medium size front windows
Tower:
Derelict
Other Buildings:
Many derelict buildings
History:
26/04/44 to 08/09/44, 91st, 92nd, 93rd and 94th Troop Carrier Squadrons, 439th Troop Carrier Group, 50th Troop Carrier Wing, 9th Troop Carrier Command with C-47 and C-53s. US Paratroopers of the 101st Airborne were flown to Normandy 05/06/44 and the C-47s towed Horsa and Waco gliders to Normandy 06/06/44, 439th recieving a Distinguished Unit Citation for these missions. 91st, 92nd and 94th Sqns temporarily moved to Italy 07/44, unit then moved to France.
06/06/44, Upottery airfield made famous postwar by the publication of the book 'Band of Brothers' by Stephen Ambrose - this is the airfield from which Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division 'Screaming Eagles' flew to Normandy on D-Day.
10/44 to 11/44, Airfield used by RAF.
11/44 to 06/45,
VPB-103, Fleet Air Wing 7, of the United States Navy moved here from Dunkeswell with PBY Liberators and Privateers while the Dunkeswell runways were repaired.
06/45 to 12/48, used by the RAF for storage.
Easy Company, 506th PIR - 'Band of Brothers'
1944-45 (© US Navy)
Superb wartime photo of a PBY Liberator at Upottery, (The King's Arms pub on the right) and below the same view in 2011 (© John Waite)
Upottery airfield - 439th TCG - USN VPB-103 -
Airfield:
USAAF Troop Carrier, US Navy
Opened:
17/02/1944
Closed:
/1948
ID Code:
UO
USAAF Station:
462
Runways:
3x - concrete, tarmac
Hangars:
2x - T2
County:
Devon
Location:
6 miles N of Honiton
OS Ref:
ST184104
Links:
www.firetrucks-atwar.com
©:
Photographs © copyright as stated
Easy Company, 506th PIR - 'Band of Brothers'
Upottery control tower 29/07/1944 (© 439th TCG, USAAF via Simon Dunham)
Smeatharpe - Upottery airfield - 439th TCG - 506 PIR - USN VPB-103 -
2006 (© Robert Truman)
Smeatharpe - Upottery airfield - 439th TCG - 506 PIR - USN VPB-103 -
2006 (© Robert Truman)
Easy Company, 506th PIR - 'Band of Brothers'
2006 (© Jim Wingett)
Smeatharpe - Upottery airfield - 439th TCG - 506 PIR - USN VPB-103 -
'Band of Brothers' 506th PIR RAF Upottery airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2003