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Carnaby
02-11-2010, 12:43
By Lida Mayo, Center of Military History

Chapter 6, (page 88 on) gets interesting with info on USAAF depots in the UK.

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=dJZ_3tBJUv4C&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+Ordnance+Department#v=onepage&q&f=false

Full 'downloadable' text is here, but it needs a lot of formatting

http://www.archive.org/stream/ordnancedepartme00mayo/ordnancedepartme00mayo_djvu.txt

Graham

Peter Kirk
02-11-2010, 13:33
Nice find and free. What more could you ask for.

I do occasionally come across books online as PDFs but when you go to read them you find you have to subscribe first!

ColinBa
02-11-2010, 18:37
Graham


By Lida Mayo, Center of Military History

Chapter 6, (page 88 on) gets interesting with info on USAAF depots in the UK.

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=d...page&q&f=false

Full 'downloadable' text is here, but it needs a lot of formatting

http://www.archive.org/stream/ordnan...0mayo_djvu.txt

Alternatively you can order the book on CD from Abebooks for 3-23 with 3-45 shipping ex USA

Colin

PETERTHEEATER
03-11-2010, 07:36
Interesting.

Here's an extract:

When large shipments of ammunition be-
gan to arrive in late August, more depots
were needed. A site surveyed by the British
but not yet used was found in the Cots-
wolds, northeast of Cheltenham. Activated
as Kingham (O-670) on 11 September,
this depot became by early 1943 the larg-
est U.S. ammunition depot in England.


Kingham is recorded as being AAF number 543 under 8th Air Force Service Command. It is actually due east of Cheltenham and on a main rail line. I had not seen this listed as also being an Ordnance Depot.

What can you tell me?

Carnaby
03-11-2010, 13:30
In my original list of USAAF temporary ammo storage sites (from some TNA file) I had 'Kinghorn', which I spent ten years plus trying to trace. Paul Bellamy alerted me to Kingham, and I noticed that on the fourth carbon from a bad typewriter, the 'orn' could easily have been confused with 'am'. The thing which frustrated me was that it was down as the largest site, with 25,000 tons capacity. It had to be somewhere.

This needs a new thread (http://www.airfieldinformationexchange.org/community/showthread.php?5538-Kingham-USAAF-depot)

Just found the relevant chapter from the book is here (http://www.history.army.mil/books/wwii/Beachhd_Btlefrnt/ChapterVI.html) in a very readable format.

And the complete list of publications is here (http://www.history.army.mil/books/wwii/11-9/11-9c.htm).

Graham

PETERTHEEATER
04-11-2010, 08:33
Thanks Graham, we'll pick up the thread under the 'new thread' link that you posted (Weapons and Ammo Storage Sites)

Whilst Kingham may not have been USAAF munitions specific it must have had almost all the initial stocks of ammo to support US Forces.