SU2312 : Main runway of defunct Stoney Cross airfield, New Forest

taken 9 years ago, near to Fritham, Hampshire, Great Britain

Main runway of defunct Stoney Cross airfield, New Forest
Main runway of defunct Stoney Cross airfield, New Forest
This airfield was built in 1942. It was used by RAF Army Cooperation Command, to develop paratroop dropping and glider towing skills, to drop supplies to SOE in France, and to assemble American WACO gliders. In 1944, squadrons of the 367th Fighter Group, 9th USAF supported D-Day landings, and bombers from the 387th Bomber Group operated from the airfield until September 1944. Flying ceased in 1946 and the airfield was returned to the Forestry Commission in 1956. The concrete surfaces of the airfield were dug up and crushed in three phases in 1966, 1990 and 2000.

This view is looking down the main runway, which was 2000 yards long and originally three times wider on the righthand side. What is left forms the road from Stoney Cross to Linwood.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 4 March, 2008   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 6 March, 2008
Category
Airfield (disused)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 237 125 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:54.6891N 1:39.8561W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 231 121
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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