USAAF Langford Lodge - Base Air Depot 3   1942 - 1945

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HUT 203, The wartime journal of an American aircraft mechanic in Northern Ireland during the second world war, 1942 - 1944.

Due for release in the Autumn of 2014, is HUT 203. HUT 203 contains the journal and photograph album of Douglas Eastwood, an American aircraft engine mechanic, from California. Doug worked for the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation at Burbank initially, and signed up to work overseas for the Lockheed Overseas Corporation. Arriving in Northern Ireland, Doug worked at the huge American air depot that was being constructed on the grounds of Langford Lodge. Arriving to see little had been done in terms of construction, Doug was put to work digging ditches, laying concrete and erecting buildings, until the base was finally open for business as an Air Depot. Doug's journal entries highlight the highs and lows of wartime living in Northern Ireland and England, out and about in the city of Belfast, the narrow back roads of the countryside, mingling with the local population, trips to England, working on aircraft, and the more sobering events that took place on the base such as aircraft accidents. With thanks to his kind son Rich, Doug's memories of his time here doing his part for the war effort, are forever captured in this soon to be released book, by Station 597 Publications.

Wartime Langford Lodge describes for the first time in detail the circumstances of 48 aircraft accidents directly related to Langford Lodge Air Depot in Northern Ireland, covering the war years 1942-1945. Combining aviation archaeology with meticulous research carried out over a period of 10 years, the author demonstrates that official records do not always tell the whole story. Featuring testimonies from surviving eyewitnesses, excerpts from official declassified aircraft accident reports, combined with “now and then” comparison photographs of the crash sites, William Lindsay has been able to tell the full story of each accident. A memorial in itself, this book now documents for posterity, not just the aircraft involved, but the most important part of each story, the aircrew.

Due to the success of the first edition and the warm appreciation and reviews from its readers, a second edition of Wartime Langford Lodge is now in progress, by the author, William Lindsay. The first edition comprised initially of 48 chapters, this has now expanded to almost 60, with other chapters being updated with new information and illustrations.

 

 

Please read the following reviews on the book below:


By Dorothy des Lauriers
10-Dec-2012
My father was among the American civilians who spent the war years repairing damaged aircraft at Langford Lodge. Lindsay's writing is so clear that I felt a connection to the events he describes and I know I've had a peek into a part of my father's wartime experiences in Ireland. Lindsay's book is thoroughly researched, well-organized and extensively illustrated. When eyewitness accounts of these accidents are available, he includes them alongside official as well as archaeological reports. He also shares information about the burials of those who lost their lives in these accidents. There's never a sense of cold detachment about the events being described. He clearly means to honor those who served and those who lost their lives. It's a good read. I highly recommend it. Photo credits are provided. The book is not indexed. The hardcover has a sturdy binding with a protective dust jacket.


By Ken Anderson
08-Nov-2012
An excellent well illustrated book where the subject matter has been well researched and presented. For anyone interested in aviation history, aircraft accdent & incident reporting and history this is definitely one to buy and read.


By Andy WW2NI
25-Oct-2012
The involvement of Northern Ireland in the Second World War is something that is often overlooked by historians but here we have a publication which is of a very high standard. It is clear that very many hours have been taken up with researching the various incidents involving aircraft connected to the large Langford Lodge Base. While giving considerable information relating to these incidents the author has been able to present it in an easily readable form. I find it particularly interesting to learn of what happened to the Aircrews and Aircraft after they departed Langford Lodge to be involved in battle. I am sure this publication will be much sought after by a wide number of readers. Whether you are interested in WW2, Military Aviation or simply what happened at Langford Lodge and the surrounding area then this is the book you have been waiting for!!

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Glenn R. Young, M&TCS Test Pilot Major W.J. Ives, M&TCS Test Pilot Lt. Elliott F. Fields, Lieutenant Colonel R.J. Reed - Station Commander, Major W.C. Marcus - Chief Engineering, Captain L.E. Schoff - Techinical Control, 1st Lt. John C. Lattimore, Captain Louis M. Freedman, T/Sgt. Willie F. Oden - 18036329, 1st Lt. George L. Steinfeld - Flying Controller, Pfc. George E. Hill - 39282209, 1st Lt. Dilon G. Hagen - Flying Controller, 1st Lt. G.D. Freshwater - Flying Control Officer,1st Lt. John C. Lattimore - Weather Officer, 1st Lt. Weldon D. Nickels, Major Robert Porter - Flight Surgeon, Major Joseph E. Lowe, Major Warren M. Gilbert - Medical Officer, Test Pilot Harold B. Reichert, Test Pilot William W. Brown, 1st Lt. James E. Matuska, Lockheed Civilian Test Pilot Howard Trunnell, Sgt. John Davies - 16169072, Major Moir L. Shockley, Captain L.E. Schoff, 1st Lt. G.L. Steinfeld, Captain Elmer D. Hayes - 0-816100,

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