US Air Forces The American Connection

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US Navy During the Great War the Royal Navy had opened a landing ground at Killingholme in 1914. A seaplane and flying-boat station was established there by the RNAS during 1915 and in July 1918 it was handed over to the United States Navy, which operated twin-engined Curtiss H-16 flying-boats on anti-submarine patrols and convoy escort until January 1919. Other activities in Lincolnshire including the training of United States Army pilots at Scampton.

USAAF The Second World War of 1939-1945 saw many air force units of the United States based in Lincolnshire, primarily Fighter Training and Troop Carrier Groups of the United States 8th and 9th Air Forces. The headquarters of the IX Troop Carrier Command was in Grantham and controlled all Troop Carrier Groups of the 9th Air Force based in Britain.

9AF Flying units in Lincolnshire included the 61st Troop Carrier Group at Barkston Heath and the 313th Troop Carrier Group at Folkingham. Both TCGs were part of the 52nd Troop Carrier Wing and operated the Douglas C-47 Skytrain (more widely known in Britain as the Dakota). 9th Air Force C-47s carried American paratroops to France on the eve of D-Day, and later flew troops to Arnhem as part of operation Market Garden.

8AF Three of the RAF's Eagle Squadrons (71, 121 and 133) manned by volunteer American pilots were based at Kirton in Lindsey during 1941/1942, and later became part of the 4th Fighter Group of the US 8th Air Force. Fighter training was carried out Goxhill, which gave operational training to Fighter Groups newly arrived in England (types included the P-38 Lightning, P-47 Thunderbolt, and Spitfire). The 496th Fighter Training Group converted pilots to the P-38 and P-51 Mustang for the 8th Air Force and 9th Air Force.

USAF At the beginning of the Cold War B-29 Superfortresses were based in Lincolnshire in the late 1940s. The 28th and 301st Bomb Groups operated from Scampton and other Bomb Squadrons from Waddington. In the early 1950s Republic F-84 Thunderchiefs of the 508th Strategic Fighter Wing operated from Sturgate and Air Rescue SC-47s of the 7th Air Division were based at East Kirkby in the mid/late 1950s. United States Air Force aircraft are to be seen visiting RAF Waddington to this day as part of routine NATO work and on exercises.

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The Stars and Stripes
the Stars and Stripes of today is not the Stars and Stripes that was flown at US bases in Lincolnshire
50 stars
1960 to date
49 stars
from 1959 to 1960
48 stars
from 1912 to 1959


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