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The facility was transferred to the United States Army Air Forces in June 1942 to become a servicing centre for the United States Eighth, Ninth, Twelfth and Fifteenth Air Forces aircraft. Burtonwood was also known as Base Air Depot 1 (BAD 1), although an RAF presence continued until October 1943. Burtonwood was the largest airfield in Europe during the war with the most USAAF personnel and aircraft maintenance facilities. The roar of the engines in the test beds could be heard for miles around, especially at night. By the end of the war 18,000 servicemen were stationed at Burtonwood. According to some sources Burtonwood was placed strategically so that it was out of range of Luftwaffe bombers, but this is not true as several Nazi raids were made on the facility.
Originally posted by whatshenneping
reply to post by machinegun_go_go
is this st helen the same as mount helen...and did it used to be a old weather station on the mountain? or am i off topic??
originally posted by: snoopyuk
lots of info and site visits , both permission and non-permission on this site:
not much validity regarding the underground rumors, yes there were underground storage areas , but they are only 1 storey deep, and there were also a few air raid bunkers, but nothing major that is suggested in the OP.
and now it is all demolished with houses, industrial units , a sub station and many other constructions going on,
many many photos and historical info here :
let me know if you want any more info.