Built in 1943, opening in Febuary 1944, Upottery Airfield played a vital role in operation Overlord, D-Day 6th June 1944.
The airfield launched 81 C47 ‘Dakota’ aircraft and gliders headed for Normandy, France, spearheading the invasion carrying U.S. Airborne troops of the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions including E Company 506th PIR, made famous in Steven Speilberg’s ‘Band of Brothers’ Mini series.
The airfield was also the base for the 9th US Army Air Force, as well as the 439th Troop carrier Group.
The Upottery Airfield Heritage Trust preserve the history of this fascinating airfield today with the Upottery living history group.
Our Heritage centre, located at Smeatharpe Village Hall showcases original artifacts, stories and photographs making it a must visit attraction in the area.
Our Living history group attend many events across the UK portraying the 9th USAAF, 101st Airborne 506PIR 2nd Battalion who flew to Normandy from Upottery and the 82nd Airborne, preserving the history and memories and stories of those who flew from our airfield and those who would never return home.
We hope that you join us to help achieve our goal by visiting this area of historic interest soon.