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.
|Operator||Royal Air Force
United States Army Air Forces
|Elevation AMSL||164 ft / 50 m|
Royal Air Force Station Ibsley or more simply RAF Ibsley is a former Royal Air Force station in Hampshire, England. The airfield is near the village of Ibsley, about 2 miles (3 km) north of Ringwood and 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.
United States Army Air Forces use
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".
USAAF Station Units assigned to RAF Ibsley were:
- 327th Service Group
- 329th and 79th Service Squadrons; HHS 327th Service Group
- 21st Weather Squadron
- 32nd Mobile Reclamation and Repair Squadron
- 3rd Radio Squadron
- 40th Mobile Communications Squadron
- 83rd Airdrome Squadron
- 98th Station Complement Squadron
- Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron (70th Fighter Wing)
Regular Army Station Units included:
- 555th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion
- 692nd Quartermaster Battalion
- 926th Signal Battalion
- 1113th Signal Company
- 1180th Quartermaster Company
- 1292nd Military Police Company
- 1829th Ordnance Supply & Maintenance Company
- 2200th Quartermaster Truck Company
- 332nd Signal Company
- 807th Chemical Company (Air Operations)
- 878th Signal Depot Company
- 900th Signal Depot Company
1st Fighter Group
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
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
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.
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.
- 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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