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    Hi,

    I cannot seem to find any reference to the above at Kew?

    Wondering if there is a station ORB for the 1930s ?

    Any pointers welcome.

    Steve
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    Steve,
    Usworth (according to RAFWEB) opened in 1916. 607 Sqn (Aux AF?) were there in the 30's. It was a Stores Dept by 1944 (Willis&Holliss). Should be something in TNA?
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    Some History on the NELSAM website Steve - I do not know if you have seen it

    rgds baz

    http://www.neam.co.uk/usworth.html
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    This Nelsam page gives a potted history of units at Usworth.

    https://www.nelsam.org.uk/NEAR/Airfi...es/Usworth.htm

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    Some great pics etc on this website

    http://www.raggyspelk.co.uk/washingt...aerodrome.html

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    Reading this reminds me of when I lived in Sunderland not too far away from Usworth . I wasnít evacuated and spent many nights huddled in the air raid shelter with my family and dog. Dad was fire watching and I sneaked out and saw a plane caught in the searchlights (I felt sad really) . There was a huge gun not too far away and we called it Big Bertha.
    One night a German plane was shot down and the noise was terrible as it zoomed over our house and I thought it was going to hit us. I think that maybe that was the night that a German parachutist was killed and they said his chute hadnít opened We had loads of casualties in Sunderland around that time. It was the Shipyards that they were after and as someone said correctly they used the two chimneys of the Papermill as a landmark.
    Later on in the war I can remember seeing quite a few Polish airmen around Sunderland.
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    Thanks all,

    Appreciated.

    Steve

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    TNA has :

    AIR 28/870
    AIR 28/871

    But both stop in 1941. I assume the other years were lost or the resident unit effectively became the airfield after 1941?

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    My husband went on the Black Thursday raid to Berlin and when I was looking for information found that the German Luftwaffe also had a Black Thursday Aug 1940. First attacks were from Norway to North of England. Long range meant that Heinkel bombers could not be escorted by ME 109s but were accompanied by less capable ME 110 fighter bombers. Reaching Scottish coast at midday they met with a hostile reception and turned S to look for targets in NE England.Fl/LT Harry. Welford was flying Hurricanes With 607 Squadron at Usworth which joined action slightly later .There. were 2 groups one about 70 and the other 40 in total. Seven ME 110s and 8. HE 111 bombers were shot down . There was no further action from Norway during the war.I do not remember hearing that many aircraft in any raid at all.
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