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Deenethorpe

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Also known as: Benefield (unofficial local name) / Deene Thorpe (misspelling) / RAF Deenethorpe / USAAF Station 128
County: Northamptonshire
Current Status: Aviation / Farmland (main position) / Housing (proposed)
Date: November 1943 - 1950; subsequent limited flying
Current Use: Limited flying
Used By: RAF / Civil (limited flying) / USAAF (main user)
Landing Surface Types: Paved
Aircraft Roles: Aircraft preparation/storage / Bomber (main role) / General aviation (limited flying)

The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/07/2013):

  • 401st Bomb Group (Heavy) Association
  • Benefield Parish Council
  • Deene & Deenethorpe Parish Council
  • Shoulder of Mutton, Weldon - Rosie's Sweat Box beer in pub named after a Boeing B-17 which crashed on take-off from airfield in 1944

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 11 RC
  • No 273 MU
  • 401st BG
  • 612th BS
  • 613th BS
  • 614th BS
  • 615th BS
  • C10 Airsports
  • Microlight UK
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Aerial view of Deenethorpe, 28 May 1947.

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Remains of the control tower at Deenethorpe, 26 September 2009.

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Remains of buildings at Deenethorpe, 26 September 2009.

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Aerial view of Deenethorpe, 2 July 2014.

Footage of Deenethorpe, c. 2015. Courtesy of Graham Butlin

Footage from a remembrance ceremony at Deenethorpe, 28 April 2018. Courtesy of Graham Butlin

Footage from a remembrance ceremony at Deenethorpe, 28 April 2018. Courtesy of Graham Butlin

Footage from a remembrance ceremony at Deenethorpe, 28 April 2018. Courtesy of Graham Butlin

Footage from a remembrance ceremony at Deenethorpe, 28 April 2018. Courtesy of Graham Butlin

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