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Beaulieu III

Major
Also known as: Beaulieu Heath / Hatchet Moor / RAF Beaulieu / USAAF Station 408
County: Hampshire
Current Status: Leisure activity / Open land
Date: 8 August 1942 - 10 November 1959
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / RAF (Czech) / RCAF / RNZAF / USAAF
Landing Surface Types: Paved
Aircraft Roles: Experimental / Fighter / Maritime patrol

The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/09/2011):

  • Beaulieu Model Flying Committee (BMFC)
  • Beaulieu Parish Council
  • Crookham Contest Modellers
  • Forestry Commission
  • Lymington Amateur Rowing Club - bought a Nissen hut from airfield in 1950s, building still there
  • Southampton Model Aeroplane Club

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 1 (Coastal) OTU
  • No 53 Sqn
  • No 88 Sqn
  • No 146 Airfield
  • No 158 Sqn
  • No 224 Sqn
  • No 257 Sqn
  • No 263 Sqn
  • No 311 Sqn
  • 323rd BG
  • 365th FG
  • No 405 Sqn
  • No 486 Sqn
  • No 657 Sqn 
  • No 1901 AOP Flight
  • No 2741 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2762 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2854 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment

USAAF Republic P-47 Thunderbolts at Beaulieu in 1944. Courtesy of Southampton on Video

The 365th Fighter Group at Beaulieu on D-Day. Courtesy of DDay-Overlord

Aerial footage of Beaulieu. Courtesy of Aaron Cocker

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