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RAF Matching Green

   Matching Green Airfield is located to the East of Harlow. Built by the US 834th and 840th Engineer (Aviation) Batalions for the US 9th Air force and known as Station 166. Matching was home to the 9th USAAF 391st Bomb Group led by Colonel Gerald E Williams, consisting of the 572nd 573rd 574th and 575th Bomb squadrons flying B26 Marauders. They arrived on the 25th of January 1944 during the final phase of constuction, staying until 1945. Matching was used as a base for "Operation Varsity" by C47 Dakota transport aircraft and Short Stirling Bombers from the RAF in the role of Tugs for the Horsa Glider.

Today the site is agricultural land, the control tower being home to a radar equipment testing facility owned by Ratheon. Visible wartime remains include the tall water tower, various nissen (quonset) huts, some sections of the runway and perimeter tracks, underground ops room, the bomb dump in nearby woodland is fairly well intact. One of the T2 type aircraft Hangers was re-located to North Weald a few years ago. A memorial to the 391st BG (M) is located in the nearby village.


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Sandi Conti 834th Engineer Aviation Battalion

I am a veteran of the 834th Engineer Aviation Battalion which built the Matching Green Airfield. I spent two years on building Matching Green. We left Matching in the Spring of 1944 for intensive training for D-Day.

On D-Day we were in front of Omaha Beach . We made several attempts at landing, all unsuccessful. We attracted enemy fire which knocked out an engine on our Rhino Ferry. Landing was now out of the question since our outboard motors were used for steering as well as for propulsion. With only one motor operational we could not move in a straight line. So we could not attempt to go through a cleared mine field. We were sitting ducks for enemy artillery. The navy pulled us away from the beach and back to the troopship area. The vehicles and equipment on the Rhino were transferred to another landing craft and we finally landed at Saint Laurent sur Mer on D+1.

Sandy Conti

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