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.
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.
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!
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.
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"
Ex 630 Squadron
RAF East Kirkby
I've changed a couple of words but the sentiment is the same.
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!
I served at Burtonwood for 18 months during '57-'58. Sorry to see it not on the map any longer.
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
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.
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.
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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Photo taken in Burtonwood, Warrington, UK
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