'A' Site

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Record Site Plan of 'A' Site

'A' Site

'A' site was located East of 'E' site alongside the Northern perimeter fence.

The entrance gate was off Wright's Lane with the gatehouse being on the left when entering the site.

The gatehouse was number 6 on the site plan.

2 'K' type hangars were constructed and built to Air Ministry Drawing No. 3084/39 numbered 1 & 7 on the site plan (above).

The hangars were constructed of steel lattice frame with a curved roof and covered with 1/4 inch steel plate.

The side of each hangar had brick annexes running down the full length of both sides. The brick annexes supported reinforced concrete flat roof.

The hangar doors were filled with gravel or sand to absorb any enemy gun fire.

The dimension of the hangars were:

Door openings 150 feet wide by 30 feet high.

Length was 300 feet long comprising of 18 bays. Each bay was 16 feet 8 inches in depth total coverage was 46,206 square feet.

This type of hangar was built on other aircraft service units throughout the Country.

The 'K' type hangar was designed to store & maintain aircraft & the annexes were used for storage.

Across the airfield one of these hangars was built on Technical site.

'A' site was not fully built until the 1st of February 1941 & was originally called 'No. 4 Storage Site'.

37 MU (Maintenance Unit) arrived on 'A' site in 1941.

The USAAF took control on the 15th of July 1942 and the site was then used for the maintenance and modification of all types of their aircraft.

Flight testing used 'A' site before moving across the airfield to Technical Site in early 1944.

During 1943 the Aircraft hard standings were enlarged by the USAAF by the laying of 5,300 yards of concrete.

At the end of WW2 the RAF were back on 'A' site.

On September 1948 the USAF were back.

The Americans left in the late 1950's and control was again handed back to the RAF on the 18th of June 1965.

'A' Site was demolished in November 2008.

The site is now an industrial estate & a new approach road leads to 'A' Site & 'E' Site from Burtonwood Road named Lockheed Road after the famous P38 Lockheed Lightning aircraft.

WW2 Aerial Image of 'A' Site Showing Numerous B-17's Parked up.

Note the Camouflage Netting Between Number 1 & 7
Hangars to Hide the Line of the Hangars.

The Guard House (Building Number 6) is in the Middle of the Photo at the Bottom.

A Mural of a B-17 Painted on a Wall (During WW2) inside 1 of the 'K' Type Hangars.(Photo Taken 2008)

Looking Down the North Perimeter Track Towards 'A' Site.
The Threshold of Runway 15 is on the Right of the Photo.

'K' Type Hangar Number 7 (Photo Taken 2008).

'K' Type Hangar on 'A' site When Being Used as an Industrial Unit.

Electrical Transformer Plynth (Building Number 4)

A-site B-17G Bomber Burtonwood Airfield England on Runway 27
The 2 K type hangars can be seen in the background.
On the horizon Just visible under the B-17's right wing is the church of St Oswald's Winwick.

The 2 K Type hangars at A Site.
Hangar 7 is in the foreground.
Hangar 1 is in the background.

The detail of the steel roof structure on 1 of the K Type hangars.
The photo was taken just before the demolition of the hangar.

The Northside annex of one of the  K Type hangars.

The detail of the steel roof structure on 1 of the K Type hangars.
The photo was taken just before the demolition of the hangar.

K Type hangar steel door detail.

The inside of the doors were filled with sand or gravel.
This offered some protection from enemy gun fire and bombs.

2 x K Type hangars.

Hangar 7 is in the foreground.
Hangar 1 is in the background (looking West)

The M62 Motorway has been built over the main runway 09/27.

Photo taken 1989 by Eddie Whitham.
Eddie was the US army official photographer at the time.

Looking North the M62 can be seen in the foreground
'A' site in the back ground.
Photo taken 1989 by Eddie Whitham.

The demolition of K Type hangar 7
Hangar 1 is in the background

Looking North In the background is the 2 K-type hangars on A site and at the bottom left is the aircraft parking apron on the technical site - taken ww2

Looking East, in the foreground to the left is part of the E-Site dispersals.
Runway number 15 is seen in the center of the photo bisected by the M62 Motorway.
In the background is the North perimeter track leading to the K-Type hangars on A-Site

A-Site dispersals looking West -1944.
Aircraft to be seen are Republic P-47 Thunderbolts, Consolidated B-24 Liberators, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, and RAF De-Havilland Mosquitos
To the left in the background is the Technical site

The road junction of Burtonwood road and Joy Lane with A-Site in the background. stephen clark 1984

Looking down Wrights Lane towards A-Site. stephen clark 1984

Looking West down Wrights Lane alongside the North perimeter fence, with A-Sites K-Type hangars on the left

The K-Type hangar roof detail, note the runway beams running the full length of the hangar

Looking North towards A-Site

More Pictures etc Coming Soon Regarding 'A' Site .....

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