USAAF Station AAF-454
|Located Near Warmwell, Dorset, United Kingdom|
Aerial Photo of Warmwell Airfield - 16 August 1943
|Type||Royal Air Force station|
|Controlled by||Royal Air Force|
United States Army Air Forces
|Condition||Disused, airfield site reverted to quarrying (two hangars remain), technical site became a housing estate, some aircraft hardstands survive alongside road bordering the north side of the airfield where the control tower remains but has been converted to a house.|
|Built by||Royal Air Force|
|Battles/wars||European Theatre of World War II|
Air Offensive, Europe July 1942 - May 1945
|Garrison||RAF Fighter Command|
Ninth Air Force
|Occupants||152, 174, 175, 234, 263, 275, 276, 402 & 609 Squadrons, RAF|
474th Fighter Group, 9th USAAF
While under USAAF control, Warmwell was known as USAAF Station AAF-454 for security reasons, and by which it was referred to instead of location. Its Station-ID was "XW".
474th Fighter Group
The group continued operations on the continent providing tactical air support in support of U.S. First Army until V-E Day, being stationed at Bad Langensalza, Germany (ALG R-2) at the end of hostilities. The 474th FG returned to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey during November 1945 and was inactivated on 8 December 1945.
The site on which RAF Warmwell once lay is now a small village called Crossways, the original taxiway is still in use as a road through the village (where two dispersal pans still remain), and the old station cinema is now the , the old ATC tower has now been converted into a dwelling ( ) that has been extensively modified and is not easily recognisable as such. still remain, rumoured to be used by local farmers for fertilizer storage, and other buildings exist in the woodland areas surrounding Crossways, although some have been demolished. One of the base's billets is now one of the local shops. During clearance work in preparation for new buildings on the North East side of the old airfield a brick block house and a concrete rifle range were revealed. Both have now been demolished but the photographs shown were taken just prior to their removal. Further clearance to build an access road has resulted in the excavation of a group of the aircraft tie-down points.
- Maurer 1980, p. 347.
- Freeman, Roger A. (1994) UK Airfields of the Ninth: Then and Now 1994. After the Battle ISBN 0-900913-80-0
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- Maurer, M. Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. USAF Historical Division. Washington D.C., USA: Zenger Publishing Co., Inc, 1980. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
- USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to present
- Anthony Cooke (2000) Reflections of RAF Warmwell: ISBN 0-9539052-0-9
- Anthony Cooke (1995) Airfield Focus - 21: Warmwell . ISBN 1 870384 42 3
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