USAAF Langford Lodge - Base Air Depot 3   1942 - 1945

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Reply ray auburn
6:10 AM on March 4, 2016 
hi I have been researching Langford lodge for some time no my granddad worked as security on the Main gate in the war they also lived by the runway in house called browns lodge my mum and her brothers and sister had to cross the runway every day to go to school she also seed that the American soldiers and airman were very Fridley and used to give them sweets amongst other things my nan and granddad used to run newspaper business from there house and sold papers to the Americans they would come to the house and collet them each day mum did go to the party the day they left there was 1 story she told us out riders came to the house and told them to get out as plane had over shot and was only few feet from my nans house lol we taking mum to Ireland this year she is now 82 to have look round and bring back some memories my mums family all come from Crumlin my mum went on to work at aldergrove with her sister mum work in the naffy and her sister worked in the officers mess my mum later met my dad he was station there he was engineer and worked on engines well that's all for now if mum remembers any more once we go to Ireland I will post thanks ray
Reply alan white
7:45 AM on October 14, 2015 
I've always been interested in aircraft and old airbases, and the men and women who were stationed at them, its a fascinating history, I crawled through a Lancaster bomber when I was about ten, it was on the back of a lorry and on its way to the scrapyard.
Reply Michael A Higgins
7:14 PM on July 26, 2015 
I grew up as a kid aged about 7 close to Langford Lodge USAF airbase and RAF Aldergrove. I recall clearly all the aircraft flying in and out of the airbases. As kids we were expert at recognising aircraft from engine sounds and sillouette.I recall at the end of the war just before the USAF left thay threw a party for all the kids of the local schools in Crumlin and gave us a free film show and a bags of sweets.
The young men of the USAF were very well liked by all the local peple in the local towns such as Crumlin and Aldergrove and local folks.The older folks such as myself would still talk fondly about the time "the Yanks" were amogst us. No doubt few of those young men from those far off days are atill alive but if you are a descendant feel proud of them. As Europeans in those dangerous times we owe you.Thanks and best wishes
Reply Byron J. Jones
5:11 AM on December 10, 2014 
Hello.
My name is Byron Jones from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. My father, Paul R. Jones, was assigned with the 5th Aerdrome Squadron in Northern Ireland and England. I believe, from what I can remember of what my father had told me, he was a Lieutenant in the Medical Corps at the time he was assigned to Northern Ireland.
I am in process of working on my family genealogies, and I am in need of having the correct dates and places my father was stationed in the UK in order to insert with his information. I do know that there had been a fellow who also served with the 5th Aerdrome that my father had been in contact with in latre years, however, I believe this fellow has since passed, though I can not remember what his name was.
For those that may have known my father, as well as updating records, I regret to inform that my father, Paul R. Jones, Entered Blessed Eternal Rest on 12 June 1991 at Wilford Hall Medical Centre, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas. At the end of the War, my father re-enlisted into the Aer Force, from which he retired in 1961 as a Major.
I would very much like to receive what information anyone may have on my father's service with the 5th Aerdrome. Feel free to contact me through my E-mail address.
Thank you in advance for any assistance in this matter.
Respectfully,
Byron J.Jones
Reply Peter Piffath
1:29 PM on January 27, 2014 
Very nicely done.
Reply Ian Thompson
5:07 AM on November 4, 2013 
Hi, great to see avaiation activity at Langford Lodge again! I was wondering if you could help with the current whereabouts of WS840 Meteor - the rear fuselage of this aircraft was displayed in a mound in a crashed pose at Langford but was removed around 2000 and is said to have gone to someone's garden! Also a contact of mine made mention of a UC-64 Norseman frame which sat behind a transport cafe at Lanford in the early 1970's - what was the fate of this machine? Best Regards, Ian
Reply Raymond Elliott
4:55 PM on October 13, 2013 
Will, I have gave your details to my daughter who works for Antrim Borough Council and would be interested in talking with you.
Regards!
Raymond........
Reply Raymond Elliott
4:24 PM on October 12, 2013 
Will, I really enjoyed our chat this afternoon and certainly enjoyed the opportunity of viewing your photographs. What a collection!!! It's a credit to you far all your hard work and research and I assure you it will not be in vane. Good luck on your venture and if there is anything I can help you with, do not hesitate to contact me.

Raymond.........
Reply Denver Brownlow L.R.P.S
5:54 PM on July 21, 2013 
Hi Will
Just had a browse through the web-site,you and your colleagues are to congratulated on such a wonderful and informative arrear of material,keep up the great work and as a photographer i will offer my services to you so through pictures we can commemorate the men and woman of the allied forces that help win the war,and perserve their memories for generations to come.
Reply avi8r84
11:20 AM on April 11, 2013 
Glenn Mittler says...
Any film footage of the August 13, 1944 Captain Glenn Miller visit and AAF concert?


Hi there,

Thank you for signing the guestbook. I am unsure if the Glenn Miller concert was filmed at Langford Lodge, if it was, it would be amazing to see the footage. I do know that his visit was documented by the Station photographers, of his Langford Lodge and Belfast visit.

kind regards

Will