Above, local civilian employees disembark a GNR train at the Gortnagallon marshaling yard, located at site 4. This railway line was purpose built for this Air Depot - LOC.
Above, at Langford Lodge, the "Nit-Wit" network - LOC.
Above, B-17's undergo service and repair work in Hangar 3 - LOC.
Assigned to undertake the former duties that L.O.C. personnel undertook, two service squadrons, the 328th and the 343rd Service Squadron, were assigned at the air depot from May 1944, attached to the 325th Service Group, these units carried out 3rd and 4th Echelon repairs on aircraft. The 5th Airdrome Squadron was also assigned to Langford Lodge for a short period at this time, undertaking similar duties to the above mentioned units, with the exception of being a 1st and 2nd Echelon unit. Additionally, a large contingent of U.S. Army personnel where already on the base, prior to the arrival of the aircraft service units, many where assigned to Headquarters Squadron, AAF Station 597, of which supplied the various sections needed to run an air depot, such as Control Tower personnel, Signal Corps Engineers and men of Quartermaster and Transportation sections.
In July 1945, with the War in Europe at a close for a number of weeks, the majority of American personnel bid farewell to Langford Lodge. The base had accomplished its task, and played its part in winning air superiority over the skies of Europe. Many of the Service Squadrons were stationed back in England, at the huge Burtonwood Base Air Depot 1, with personnel awaiting orders to return home to the States. At Langford Lodge, a small group of personnel stayed behind to wrap up the closing of the base under American control and the handing over to the RAF. This was completed in August 1945.
In the Summer of 1944, the airfield was home to a large amount of aircraft that were placed in storage around the base. Many of these had been brought in due to overflow issues at BAD1 and BAD2, a large majority of these aircraft were categorized as War-Weary. In August, over 500 aircraft were in storage, consisting of various types such as A-20s, B-17s and B-24s of the US 8th and 9th Army Air Forces. Many of these War-Weary aircraft were either; refurbished at Langford Lodge, or broken up for salvageable parts and materials. The assigned Service Squadrons undertook these tasks.
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Calling all veteran Langford Lodgers' ,YES, I want you to do your part for history. Was your father, grandfather or great grandfather stationed at Langford Lodge during the Second World War?. If so I would love to hear from you, I am currently on the look out for any diary entries, memoirs or photographs relating to Langford Lodge. I started out this research at the age of 17, back in 2001, almost 15 years later, I am still peppering away, looking through various archives and making new contacts. I recently had a discussion with a very good friend of mine, who like I, has been researching the Langford Lodge story, might I add, for many years before I was born. We both came to the conclusion, that when we are gone, who will carry the torch??????.... It is with that thought, that I write this small article, and vow that hopefully, in many years time, the Langford Lodge archives will be busting to capacity with stories and photographs, depicting the men who came to this little part of Northern Ireland during those tense times and done their part for the war effort. It is with this solemn thought, and a promise, that when the research comes to an end, the whole collection will be donated to the U.S. National Archives, and the National Archives in the U.K., for future generations to benefit from.