Old American Air Base WW2...Burtonwood...Cheshire... England.

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Comments (11)

Jewels on June 27, 2008

The photo really defines the place. Nice capture! My brother and I were both born in England, he on an Air Force Base. Not this one, however.


curlyjim on February 14, 2009

I just drove past there today and was greatly disheartend to see that the site has now been completely flattened, there's nothing left now. Another piece of our wartime history obliterated in the name of development, such a shame.

steandeb on February 17, 2009

iwork in warrington jim and drove past this everybday, i knew i had to get a photo of the airbases because i could see the development boards going up,this was taken on my way to a nightshift,i stupidly stopped on the hard shoulder of the M62,and took a few snaps as the summer sunset began to fade,glad of your comments!

curlyjim on May 13, 2009

I'm glad you did stop to take this shot of the old base. It's very atmospheric and poignant, and a photo like this is worth any amount of lecturing from the Highway Agency Wombles. Our wartime heritage is disappearing at an alarming rate so photo's are all that we have left. Thank you

curlyjim on May 13, 2009

‘Old Airfield’

I lie here still, beside the hill Abandoned long to nature’s will My buildings down, my people gone My only sounds are wild bird song.

But my mighty birds will rise no more No more I hear the engines roar And never now my bosom feels The pounding of their giant wheels

From the ageless hill their voices cast Thunderous echoes of the past And still in lonely reverie Their great dark wings sweep down to me

Laughter, sorrow hope and pain I shall never know these things again Emotions that I came to know In strange young men so long ago

Who knows, as evening shadows meet Are they with me still.. A phantom fleet And do my ghosts still stride unseen Across my face so wide and green

And in the future should structures tall Bury me beyond recall I shall still remember, all of them My metal birds and long dead men

Now weeds grow high, obscure the sky O remember me when you pass by For beneath this tangled, leafy scrub I was your home, your friend. “Burtonwood"

W Scott Ex 630 Squadron RAF East Kirkby Lincolnshire.

I've changed a couple of words but the sentiment is the same.

bsanders34 on September 15, 2009

Oh, my goodness, such memories. I was stationed at BAFB for three years - 51 - 54 - and remember the sights, sounds, activities and busy-ness of Burtonwood as it then stood. This photo may not be identifiable as to 'which' hangar it was but for me it is 'The Hangar' and excellent. Our Korean - Cold War contingent numbered over 9,000 officers and men plus thousands of dependents. The Main PX on Site 4 was like a large, one-story department store and the base hospital could accomodate 100 sick personnel. Thanks for this memory shaker!

ronberger on August 13, 2010

I served at Burtonwood for 18 months during '57-'58. Sorry to see it not on the map any longer.

dancekam on January 18, 2011

Thanks for this wonderful photo. I love all your photos!

My dad was stationed at this base in WWII. He married my English mother warbride, Winifred Donnelly, from Birkenhead. My brother was born in England. My mum and my brother stowed away on a ship to get to America after the war.

I'm writing a book based on her story and would like to use this photo. Would that be possible? Please let me know. KATHY MARESCO STEMKE http://educationtipster.blogspot.com dancekam1@yahoo.com

Bertha Butler on September 6, 2013

I was born in the Burtonwood hospital in Oct.1950. My father was a Sargent in in the USAF. I'm interested in finding someone who knew my parents while they were living there. My father's name was Raymon L Buter & my mother's name was Lela Kate Butler. They both were from Texas. I have been saving for years to go back to see my place of birth. I'm sad to hear that not much is left of the base. My parents always said that Burton was the best base that Uncle Sam sent them to.

earnest1922 on October 12, 2014

To those entries I've been reading regarding connections to RAF Burtonwood, and the hospital. I was born in May, 1952 and my birth certificate reads (in multiple locations) that I was born In the U.S.A.F Hospital in Burtonwood, England. I cannot find however this on any maps or photos. Would any of you accessing this account know of a hospital being on the base or perhaps was the USAF hospital actually in the community of Burtonwood? I find the enormous history of RAF Burtonwood tremendously fascinating. I am now 62 and live with my family in Springfield, Missouri. Thanks to anyone who reads my comment/questions.

Steve413 on April 29, 2015

I learned to fly in a glider at RAF Burtonwood with the Air Training Corps - 352 (Burnley) Squadron. Went solo 24 Oct 1964 in Kirkby Cadet Mk III XN244 Fantastic view from an open cockpit. Ginormous runway for a little wooden glider! Joined the Royal Air Force in January 1965 and served 30 years.

Earnest1922. In 1964 most of the buildings were there but mainly unoccupied as (I believe) the USAF had already left. I certainly didn't see any. Google pictures today of what was RAF Burtonwood show it mainly barren with industrial buildings making an appearance. If you look really close - the runways are still visible from the air.

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  • Uploaded on June 26, 2008
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    by steandeb
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    • Taken on 2008/06/26 20:48:59
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