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RAF Kingscliffe



   RAF Kingscliffe is situated 12 miles west of Peterborough in Northamptonshire. Construction work on King's Cliffe commenced in 1940 and the base opened in October 1941. Kingscliffe was utilized as a satellite to Wittering and the first R.A.F. squadron, 133 Fighter Squadron moved in with Spitfire Vb's on September 29th 1941. This unit was the third "Eagle Squadron" formed in the Fighter Command from American volunteers. 266 (Rhodesian) Squadron arrived in October 1941. The base was also home to 485 (New Zealand) Squadron and later 93 Squadron.

Kingscliffe became USAAF Station 367 in January 1943, it was home to the 20th Fighter Group of the USAAF 8th Airforce who flew P38 Lightnings and later P51 Mustangs on bomber escort duties.

The Airfield closed in 1959 and today is used for agriculture.

 


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Those known to have served at

RAF Kingscliffe

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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T/Sgt Orville Dean Hooper 77th Fighter Squadron

My dad was stationed at Kings Cliffe during the War. He maintained the planes and painted nose art. He was at Glen Miller's final concert, it was apparently a really great concert. He spent much of his off time in Peterborough at a fish & chips shop run by Catherine Cullip. During the course of the war he and Catherine grew close and he fathered her daughter, named Eileen, even though he was married and had a child at home.

I took him back to Kings Cliffe in 2008 to see how it looked and get his perspective on the War. He remembered clearly the layout of the base and described many of the daily activities during the war. One of his most vivid memories was of the bombers forming up before heading to Germany. He recalled many incidents of planes getting too close to others in the formation and crashing before even leaving their home base area. He clearly described the D-Day prep he performed, all night long, on the fighters, painting the stripes on the wings to help identify the friendlies. Dad died June 4, 2008.

Monte Hooper



Capt. Harold O Binkley 20th Fighter Group

Captain Harold O Binkley flew P51 Mustangs and later Lockheed P38 Lightning aircraft from Station 367 King's Cliffe during the second world war. He is related to me, a cousin, and during his service he shot down two German Aircraft and was reprimanded for flying too low and snagging tree branches in his undercarriage.

James Binkley







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