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    At the end of March 1945, 125 Wing (41, 130 & 350 Sqns) were preparing to move to B.104 Damm, ca. 8.5 miles ENE of Wesel. It appears that 39 (Recce) Wing (400, 414 & 430 RCAF Sqns) were also destined for this airfield. However, after their 'A' Echelons arrived and started preparing a strip, but found it too waterlogged and too difficult to make serviceable, the Wing CO, Gp. Capt. 'Johnnie' Johnson flew in for a first-hand look at the situation, and decided to abandon the effort. 125 Wing then moved instead to B.106 Twente, and 39 (Recce) Wing to B.108 Rheine.

    I have a few questions in regard to Damm and Twente...

    1. Was B.104 Damm ever completed and used by the RAF or USAAF? Can anyone provide any more information on Damm's capture, or other details, e.g. was it already an airfield or just a flat area of ground? Any additional info would be appreciated. (Sources used so far: 41, 130 & 350 Sqns' ORBs, 125 Wing ORB, Jeffords, Rawlings and Johnnie Johnson's 'Wing Leader'.)

    2. Can anyone provide me with additional information on B.106 Twente, please? e.g. size, location, description, when/how captured, facilities & accommodation, etc.?

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    Hello Steve
    A book by the Dutch Studygroup Airwar 1939-1945 is due out later this year.
    It contains details of all the airfields used by the Luftwaffe & Allies in Holland.
    I have been informed that it will be available in October for about 40 Euro.
    The title is 'Vliegvelden in Oorglogstijd' and is written in dutch.
    I have a flyer that is in PDF form and if anyone is interested I can email it.
    Regards
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    Default 'Vliegvelden in Oorglogstijd'

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Ingham View Post
    Hello Steve
    A book by the Dutch Studygroup Airwar 1939-1945 is due out later this year.
    It contains details of all the airfields used by the Luftwaffe & Allies in Holland.
    I have been informed that it will be available in October for about 40 Euro.
    The title is 'Vliegvelden in Oorglogstijd' and is written in dutch.
    I have a flyer that is in PDF form and if anyone is interested I can email it.
    Regards
    Andy
    Hi Andy

    yes please - allan(dot)hillman(at)btinternet(dot)com

    cheers

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    Hi Steve
    If you look on Google maps and find Enschede you can find what was Twente airfield about 5 kms N of Enschede and the same distance E of the nearby town of Hengelo. It is now Enschede Airport
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    Thanks Andy, I'll keep an eye out for the book.

    Thanks Dick, I appreciate this information.

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    Steve
    I was at Kew yesterday and found some info on B.104 & B.106
    I have the airfield data sheet for B.104 Damm.
    It clearly states that the airfield was abandoned before the tracking was completed.
    It also states that the runway is obstructed by rolls of SMT.
    I also have the Data sheet and 1:25,000 map of B.106 Twente.
    I will scan them and send you copies if you want.

    There is a near complete set of airfield data sheets and maps for all the airfields in NW Europe used by 2nd TAF. These can be found in AIR 37/400.

    Cheers
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    Hi Andy

    Would it be possible for you to send me scan copies as well?

    Steve and I have been in discussion off-board about these airfields. My father was at both as part of the "A" party of 125 Wing.

    allan(dot)hillman(at)btinternet(dot)com

    many thanks

    Allan
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    Hi Allan

    My father was based at Twente from 18/4/45. I have emailed you a photograph of Twenthe taken 7th May 45.

    Cheers Motherbird

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    Hello Motherbird

    Many thanks

    Allan
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    Allen Email sent as requested

    Motherbird
    would it be possible if I can have a copy of the photo taken at Twente.
    Regards
    Andy

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