!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd Joesph Minton Photos of World War II at Little Stauton Station 127

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Photographs Little Staughton England USAAF Station 127, SAD-2 World War II

These were originally published on a Web Site and the domain registration had expired

Photos are by Joesph Minton and are under his Copyrights.

You will find some of them published in the following publications; 8th AF NEWS, September, 2002, page 62; 8th AF NEWS, December,2002, page 9; GHOST WINGS,Issue 12, page 16.

A little background may help you. I was in the 9th Bomb Group (which flew B-18 A's) when it was transferred from Mitchel Field, NY to Rio Hato on the Pacific side of Panama on November3,1940. The "Hello Suckers" sign greeted us on arrival in two foot of mud. The other photo of Panama was taken at the ruins of "Old Panama" on the Atlantic side of the canal and was not a "patrol" but a staged picture of my friends and myself in the 1st Air Depot Group showing off the new steel hemets and cartridge belts we were just issued (just days before Pearl Harbor).

As far as the 2nd Strategic Air Depot of the 8th Air Force, it was Sta.127 at Little Staughton until it moved to Abbots Ripton as Sta.547 in January, 1944. Most of the pictures were taken at Abbots Ripton, not Little Staughton. In regards to the pictures

I have the following comments: The A-20 and B-24 were at Abbots Ripton. The three picturesof a plane being lifted by cranes is "Gremlins Delight".

The person in the Bronx Bomber photo is me.

The "B-17 combat damage..." is the picture of a new inner wing panel being installed on a B-17F "Patches". This is normally not done outside of the factory and was a famous first for us. I have since read of other such happenings.

The Mosquito photos are at Abbots Ripton.

The B-24 photo "The Jinx' is not mine nor are any of the following photos. Sorry to have rambled on so,but you have to forgive an old buck.Whether you use the photos or not is your decision. If you you do use them ,please make the corrections noted above.

USAAF Station 127

The rest of the page is as I found it on a domain expired web site - see the above notes from Joseph.

Little Staughton was a Strategic Air Depot (SAD) base where major overhaul of aircraft was performed for units in the 1st Air Division.


1st day Kapan in Rio Hata Panama Greeting sign on 1st Day Rio Hato Panama

Beach at Rio Hato 9th Bomb Gp


B-18s were one of the early attempts at heavy bomber production in the USA.

Panama, 7 December 1941On patrol on 7 Dec 1941 in Panama

Battle Damage Diversion

Visitors at Little Staughton

Heavily battle damaged aircraft were often told to divert to station 127 and land there to avoid closing down their own runway at their home base. As a SAD site, all major repairs could be performed there, landing at that airfield meant all the specialized equipment to move aircraft were already there.

Stansted, now a major passenger airport in the UK, was also a SAD base.

A-20 HavocA-20 Havoc at dispersal

B-24 S/N 251194

B-17 Crash, right gear failure
B-17G at night after crashing. Recovery crew working to clear the field of it.

B-17 Lady Millicent during crash landingB-17G Lady Millicent during crash landing

B-17G down gear up flaps landing of Lady Millicent on USAAF Station 127.
View from other side of field.

B-17 Lady Millicent
Recovery of B-17G Lady Millicent after gear up landing.
Note engines have been taken off.

Mobile crane lifting B-17 so tractor can be placed under it.B-17G being picked up by mobile crane during recovery operations on base.

Hoisting an engine off a crashed B-17 Flying FortressB-17 engine being lifted away from wreck. Name of aircraft is obscured by the crew watching the salvage.

partial reads "remli" as first part and "deli" as part of the 2nd name.

Crew working to reocver B-17 at Station 127B-17 detail of crew during recovery of Flying Fortress

B-17 number 1 engine damage due to crash landing on base.

B-17F S/N 239839 after crashing landing while trying to return to station 127B-17F S/N 239839 after crashing in England Note fire damage on feathered #3 engine, nose plexiglas is shot away, tail damage, starboard wingtip damage. November 29, 1943.

B-17G finished repair showing new silver metal replaced section from behind radio room to tail.
B-17 'Half and Half' Tail Number 31828
You can see the repaired middle section since it is all natural metal. The complete new section is from behind radio room to forward of the tail which was replaced from a natural metal finish B-17G aircraft. Tail number is 31828.

B-17 fitted with Jato rockets for takeoff
B-17 fitted with Jato rockets for assisted takeoff

They often fitted JATO to ships which had landed in small fields. After a quick repair to the point they could fly them back to their main airbase, JATO was added to enable them to fly back for full repair.

B-17 titled The Bronx Bomber with Sgt Standing in front of it.
B-17G The Bronx Bomber

B-17 up on tracked carrier during recvoery move
Close up of a B-17 being on a tracked mover after crashing.

B-17 on tracked carrier used to haul damage aircraft around airbase.
Another view of B-17G on the tracked

Starboard wing panel being replaced on a B-17 using a crane.
B-17-outer wing panel being replaced due to battle damage

Detail of wing separated from fuselage so ground crew can repair damage.B-17 combat damage repair between hull and wing

B-17G Radar pathfinders on taxiway for a mission.B-17- radar Pathfinders taxing out for mission

B-17 maintenance work joining rear to forward fuselage

This is inside a T-2 hanger I believe.

What 1/2 of a B-17 undergoing repairs looks like in a hanger at station 127

B-24 on taxiway at Little Staughton.B-24 taxiing

B-24 at dispersal.B-24

Base 127 Little Staughton


Nose of a British Mosquito in front of hanger. A Mosquito visiting Little Staughton

Mosquito crash due to right gear failure in the grass.Crashed Mosquito

B-24 named "The Jinx"




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