RAF Lymington

Summary

Royal Air Force Lymington or more simply RAF Lymington is a former Royal Air Force Advanced Landing Ground in Hampshire, England. The airfield is located approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) east of Lymington; about 80 miles (130 km) southwest of London.

RAF Lymington
USAAF Station AAF-551
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Located Near Lymington, Hampshire, England
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Lymington Airfield - 22 May 1944
RAF Lymington is located in Hampshire
RAF Lymington
RAF Lymington
RAF Lymington, shown within Hampshire
Coordinates50°45′59″N 001°30′46″W / 50.76639°N 1.51278°W / 50.76639; -1.51278Coordinates: 50°45′59″N 001°30′46″W / 50.76639°N 1.51278°W / 50.76639; -1.51278
TypeMilitary airfield
CodeLY
Site information
OwnerAir Ministry
Controlled byUnited States Army Air Forces
Site history
Built1943
In use1944-1946
Battles/warsEuropean Theatre of World War II
Air Offensive, Europe July 1942 - May 1945
Garrison information
GarrisonNinth Air Force
Occupants50th Fighter Group

Opened in 1944, Lymington was a prototype for the type of temporary Advanced Landing Ground type airfield which would be built in France after D-Day, when the need for advanced landing fields would become urgent as the Allied forces moved east across France and Germany. It was used by the Royal Air Force, Canadian and the United States Army Air Forces. It was closed in 1946 after two years of being utilized as a storage area for the Royal Navy.

Today the airfield is a mixture of agricultural fields with a private grass airfield using the North/South runway.

USAAF useEdit

Lymington was known as USAAF Station AAF-551 for security reasons by the USAAF during the war, and by which it was referred to instead of location. Its USAAF Station Code was "LY".

50th Fighter GroupEdit

RAF Lymington saw the arrival of the USAAF 50th Fighter Group on 5 April 1944, the group arriving from Orlando AAF, Florida. The 50th had the following operational squadrons:

The 50th was a group of Ninth Air Force's 84th Fighter Wing, IX Tactical Air Command. It flew the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt. The group ended operations at Giebelstadt, Germany in May 1945, and returned to the United States in August.

Civil useEdit

With the facility released from military control in 1946, almost all traces of the former airfield were removed.

One of the original blister hangars remains on the standing today adjacent to a private grass airstrip (Pylewell House) overlaid on the site of the former N/S military airfield runway, (31/13). The airfield appears to be closed, with white "X"s shown on the runway ends.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

CitationsEdit

BibliographyEdit

  • 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.

External linksEdit

  • Photographs of RAF Lymington from the Geograph British Isles project
  • Photos of Lymington (Pylewell House) Airfield, 23 June 2004[dead link]