Needs Oar Point Airfield map
A poignant reminder of the Second World War. Below are the pictures and text on the boards.
Needs Oar Point Airfield
Needs Oar Point

Advanced Landing Ground

Needs Oar Point Airfield was constructed by a Flight of No 5004 Airfield Construction Squadron RAF on farmland at Park Shore in 1943 by levelling the land, filling in or diverting ditches, removing some hedges and trees and laying Sommerfeld Tracking. Four Blister Hangars were added later. Some cottages were used when the Squadrons moved in, but most personnel lived on tented sites near the airstrip. All maintenance was done from mobile workshops in a large fleet of lorries. A battery of heavy AA guns of the Royal Artillery was sited south of school cottages and lighter gun positions near the coast were manned by the RAF Regiment.

No 146 Wing, 84 Group of the Second Tactical Airforce RAF arrived to use the airfield on the 10th and 11th April 1944. This small, but strategically sited airfield became the base for over a 100 Hawker Typhoon fighter-bombers of 193, 197, 257, & 266 Squadrons. They immediately began flying missions over France in preparation for the D Day landings. Attacks were made on road and rail targets and radar sites. On D Day and for the next four weeks these Squadrons flew sorties in support of the troops then advancing in Normandy, including attacks on German Headquarters.

At the beginning of July 1944 the Squadrons left Needs Oar Point Airfield for Hurn for two weeks before moving to bases that had been built on Normandy.

In 1945 the land was returned to farming and the tracking and hangers removed. The commemorative panel is placed at the point where the North-South Runway crossed the road. It is placed here as a tribute to all concerned with the Liberation.

Needs Oar Point Airfield
Needs Oar Point Airfield
 
 
 
 
Needs Oar Point Airfield