USAAF Station AAF-492
|Located near Bournemouth, Dorset, United Kingdom|
Hurn airfield photographed in May 1947 still showing its World War II configuration
Royal Air Force|
United States Army Air Forces
RAF Transport Command|
Ninth Air Force
Nos 297, 295, 296, 570 Squadrons|
422nd Night Fighter Squadron
397th Bombardment Group
European Theatre of World War II
- For the civil use of this facility after 1944, see Bournemouth Airport
RAF Hurn is a former World War II airfield in Dorset, England. The airfield is located approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) north east of Christchurch; about 90 miles (140 km) southwest of London
Since 1969, it has been called Bournemouth Airport, although some still refer to it as Hurn.
USAAF use[edit | edit source]
Hurn was known as USAAF Station AAF-492 for security reasons by the USAAF during the war, and by which it was referred to instead of location. It's USAAF Station Code was "KU".
422d Night Fighter Squadron[edit | edit source]
On 28 June 1944, Northrup P-61 Black Widow night fighters of the 422d Night Fighter Squadron arrived from RAF Scorton, where their crews had been tutored in this particular aspect of air combat by the RAF. The detachment commenced operational flying on 3 July only to return to Scorton a week later.
397th Bombardment Group[edit | edit source]
- 596th Bombardment Squadron (X2)
- 597th Bombardment Squadron (9F)
- 598th Bombardment Squadron (U2)
- 599th Bombardment Squadron (6B)
The group's identification marking was a yellow diagonal band across both sides of the vertical tailplane. It moved the Advanced Landing Ground at Gorges, France, (A-26) on 19 August
The airfield was closed by the RAF in October 1944 and turned over for civil use.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Freeman, Roger A. (1994) UK Airfields of the Ninth: Then and Now 1994. After the Battle ISBN 0-900913-80-0
- Freeman, Roger A. (1996) The Ninth Air Force in Colour: UK and the Continent-World War Two. After the Battle ISBN 1-85409-272-3
- Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
- ControlTowers.co.uk http://www.controltowers.co.uk/H-K/Hurn.htm
- USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to present
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