RAF Upottery - Voices in the Watch Office

RAF Upottery - Voices in the Watch Office

A poor selection of voices because of the wind- it was an atrocious day many years back but probably the only chance I was ever going to get to this airfield - so I took a recording anyway knowing it wasn't going to be good

RAF Upottery in East Devon is located near the village of Upottery, approximately 6 miles northeast of Honiton.

It opened in 1944, and was used by the Royal Air Force, the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) and the United States Navy.

The airfield was used primarily for transport and antisubmarine patrols
On D-Day, 6 June 1944, the four squadrons of the 439th Troop Carrier Group with their Douglas C-47s dropped paratroops of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division and released gliders with reinforcements on the following day. The group received two decorations for these actions, a U.S. Distinguished Unit Citation and a French Croix de Guerre with Palm.

After the Normandy invasion the group ferried supplies until the 18 July when they moved to Italy and began operating from Orbetello Airfield
Upottery closed in 1948 and quickly reverted to agriculture
Upottery received much attention in 2001 when it appeared in the first episode of the television mini-series Band of Brothers..
Sign in or sign up to post comments.
Be the first to comment