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    Wimpole Park Hospital.
    Open 1942-1945, situated just north of Bassingbourn airfield.
    Main unit: 163rd General Hospital, US Army.
    Current status: Parkland, all traces removed.



    Acton Place Hospital.
    Open 194?-1945, situated just north of Sudbury airfield.
    Main Unit: 136th Station Hospital, US Army.
    Current status: Industrial estate, some buildings remain.



    Diddington Hall Hospital.
    Open 1943-1945, situated just south of Brampton Grange (8AF 1AD HQ)
    Main Units: 49th Station Hospital, US Army. 2nd Evacuation Hospital, US Army.
    Current status: Parkland. Other than a few yards of roadway no trace remains.



    More to come as I draw the sketch plans.

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    Brilliant. This is the best way, in my view, of showing a lost or changed site. Keep them coming - when you can of course!

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    No anything about the Stowell Park one? I know lots about it as a Polish resettlement camp post war but I'm told it was a US army hospital during the war.

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    Default Re: US Hospitals in the UK (AAF Use)

    Which way is north in these photographs/plans? The top edge?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneEighthBit
    Know anything about the Stowell Park one? I know lots about it as a Polish resettlement camp post war but I'm told it was a US army hospital during the war.
    From the aerial photo on the English Heritage website, Stowell Park would appear to have been built as a typical EMS (Emergency Medical Service) Hospital, with the usual central reception block, two wings of parallel wards, and a seperate VD block.
    So it was certainly a WWII military hospital, but I don't currently have any information on which units were stationed there.
    I'll put the word out in the "usual places" that deal with this sort of thing and see what turns up.

    Quote Originally Posted by TommyUSA
    Which way is north in these photographs/plans? The top edge?
    In all cases, the top edge is north as according to Google Earth.
    Any deviation from this is where the Ordnance Survey and GE disagree, and that is usually be only a degree or so, as is the case with Acton Place above.

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    Thanks for that Paul. It was only 1/4 mile down the road from where I grew up and we always knew it as "The Camp". I have a slightly larger, more complete aerial photo of it post war when it was the Polish re-settlement camp. I'd heard that it was a US hospital during the war but not which unit was based there.

    Although it's completely overgrown now we did occasionally have a poke in the woods as kids and remember being able to see Nissen huts in amongst the trees. Sadly when I took a recent recce they've all been demolished. The only site that seems to be remaining is the sewage works.

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    with acknowledgement to ken wakefield and my personal knowledge
    130th hospital swindon now demolished
    801st hospital hestercombe house taunton-still in use by county fire brigade
    67th hospital musgrove camp now the main hospital and only a few bits left
    101st hospital norton camp taunton now a special forces camp-razor wire!!
    they were 2 hospitals in bath the 152nd and 160th
    121st hospital lufton yeovil
    169th hospital houndstone camp
    61st hospital beside merryfield airfield
    185th hospital bishops lydeard
    74th hospital tyntesfield house bristol
    45th evacuation hospital wotton under edge
    91st evacuation hospital falfield
    128th evacuation hospital tortworth which is now leyhill very open go as you please prison
    odstock hospital salisbury built 1942 and still has 90% of the original wards
    frenchay hospital bristol 2nd and 77th evacuation hospital and 152nd station hospital
    frenchay still has all the wards plus nissens and air raid shelters
    main unit based was the 298th replaced in april 44 by the 100th and then the 117th
    several plaques are to be found around the hospital--local knowledge my wife works there
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    Morley Hall Hospital.
    Open 1943-45, situated east of Deopham Green airfield.
    Main units:
    77th Station Hospital, US Army, 1943-44.
    231st Station Hospital, US Army, 1944-45.
    Current status: Wymondham College, some original buildings remaining.


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    Regarding the Acton hospital, the circled building in the image below seems to still be there. Any idea what it was or is now?

    TommyU

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    Tommy, the building you have circled above is now a cafe. I don't know what its original use was though.

    I have photographed a few of the remaining buildings, http://www.airfields.fotopic.net/actonplace - I have no idea what the buildings were used for originally, if anyone can help please let me know.

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