|Royal Air Force Station Upottery
USAAF Station AAF-462
|Located Near Honiton, Devon, England|
Upottery airfield, 22 April 1944, just prior to the arrival of the 439th Troop Carrier Group.
RAF Upottery, shown within Devon
|Controlled by||United States Army Air Forces
United States Navy
|Battles/wars||European Theatre of World War II
Air Offensive, Europe July 1942 - May 1945
|Garrison||Ninth Air Force
Fleet Air Wing 7
|Occupants||439th Troop Carrier Group
Patrol Bomber Squadrons 107th and 112th
RAF Upottery (also known as Smeatharpe) is a former World War II airfield in East Devon, England. The airfield is located near the village of Upottery, approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) north-northeast of the town of Honiton.
Opened in 1944, it was used by the Royal Air Force, United States Army Air Forces and United States Navy. During the war it was used primarily as a transport airfield and for antisubmarine patrols. After the war it was closed in 1948.
Today the remains of the airfield are located on private property being used as agricultural fields.
Upottery received much attention in 2001 when it appeared in the first few episodes of the television mini-series Band of Brothers. It was from Upottery that Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, U.S. 101st Airborne Division boarded Douglas C-47 transports and made their first combat jump into Normandy on 6 June 1944.
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Officially opened on 17 February 1944, it was known as USAAF Station AAF-462 for security reasons during the war, and by which it was referred to instead of location. It's ID code was "UO".
439th Troop Carrier Group
- 91st Troop Carrier Squadron (L4)
- 92d Troop Carrier Squadron (J8)
- 93d Troop Carrier Squadron (3B)
- 94th Troop Carrier Squadron (D8)
Upon its release from military use, the airfield was largely returned to agriculture. All three runways remain with most of the concreted areas still intact. Large numbers of loop hardstands still exist, although the perimeter track has been largely reduced to a single lane agricultural road. A few dilapidated buildings can also be seen. Part of the airfield is used by a small flying club and another section is occasionally used for stock car racing on a purpose built concrete oval, parts of it are also used for rallying, drag racing and drifting (motorsport).
- Freeman, Roger A. (1994) UK Airfields of the Ninth: Then and Now 1994. After the Battle ISBN 0-900913-80-0
- Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
- Upottery Airfield at ControlTowers.co.uk
- USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers—1908 to present
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to RAF Upottery.|
- World War II Airfields: Photos of RAF Upottery
- Geograph British Isle Project: Photos of RAF Upottery
- Control Towers website: Photos of RAF Upottery