USAAF Station AAF-347
|Aerial Photo of Ibsley Airfield, January 1944. Note the runway extension to the 01 runway at the south side of the airfield, with the perimeter track extension.|
|IATA: none – ICAO: none|
|Operator||Royal Air Force|
United States Army Air Forces
|Elevation AMSL||164 ft / 50 m|
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Royal Air Force Station Ibsley or more simply RAF Ibsley is a former Royal Air Force station in Hampshire, England. The airfield is located near the village of Ibsley, approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Ringwood; about 85 miles (137 km) southwest of London
Today the remains of the airfield are mostly quarry lakes, with an abandoned control tower overlooking the water.
History[edit | edit source]
USAAF use[edit | edit source]
Ibsley was known as USAAF Station AAF-347 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 "IB".
1st Fighter Group[edit | edit source]
The first USAAF unit to use Ibsley was the Eighth Air Force 1st Fighter Group, equipped with Lockheed P-38 Lightnings. The 1st FG arrived from RAF Goxhill on 24 August 1942. Tactical squadrons of the group and squadron fuselage codes were:
On 16 October 1943 RAF Ibsley was allocated to the Ninth Air Force.
48th Fighter Group[edit | edit source]
With construction completed, on 29 March 1944 the Ninth Air Force 48th Fighter Group arrived at Ibsley from Waterboro AAF, South Carolina ( ). The 48th flew the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt and had the following fighter squadrons and fuselage codes:
367th Fighter Group[edit | edit source]
Arriving on the heels of the departing 48th FG, the 367th Fighter Group arrived at Ibsley on 6 July 1944 from RAF Stoney Cross. The 367th flew Lockheed P-38 Lightnings. Tactical squadrons of the group and squadron fuselage codes were:
The 367th was a group of Ninth Air Force's 70th Fighter Wing, IX Tactical Air Command. The 392d and 393d and 394th Fighter Squadrons went to Carentan (ALG A-10), Cretteville (ALG A-14) and Reuxeville (ALG A-6) respectively.
Current use[edit | edit source]
Today, the former RAF Ibsley is unrecognizable. The airfield consists mostly of a series of gravel pits and large landscaped lakes. One lake being overlooked by the derelict, windowless control tower. A very small section of the end of runway 01 still exists south of Ellingham Drive at the southern part of the airfield.
A small memorial is located near the control tower.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
Citations[edit | edit source]
Bibliography[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.
- www.controltowers.co.uk RAF Ibsley
- British Automobile Association (AA), (1978), Complete Atlas of Britain, ISBN 0-86145-005-1
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to RAF Ibsley.|
- Full listing of units (RAF/USAAF) at RAF Ibsley
- Ibsley Airfield photo album
- Lakenheath Airmen attend WWII ceremony 3/1/2006
- RAF Ibsley Historical Group
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