Pictures from Burtonwood Air Depot, circa 1943-1945

This page contains pictures that are known or believed to have been taken at Burtonwood Air Deport (BAD #1) during World War 2. Burtonwood is located near the town of Warrington between Manchester and Liverpool. All of the pictures contain men who worked in hangar 6 on Mary Ann site. If you can positively identify anyone in any of the photos or have photos of the men from hangar 6, please

Recently, a very nice gentleman sent me a copy of a book about the men of Hangar 4, Mary Ann Site which contains pictures of all the men, somewhat like a high school yearbook. It tells what each man did and at the end contains a section telling what each man's plans were for after the war. If you would like copies of pages of that me book, let me know the name of the man you are interested in. Also, if you know of a similar a book for Hangar 6, I would be interested in hearing about it.


JPG picture of Bob Admire and 'Smitty'.Bob Admire on the left. The man on the right was known as "Smitty". He appears in several photos that I have which were taken at Templehof Air Base in Berlin after the war. I'm hoping someone might recognize him from Burtonwood and give me his real name. This particular picture was taken in London on December 28, 1945. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of 1000th B17 through hangar 6, Mary Ann Site.This picture was taken to celebrate the processing of the 1000th B-17 through hangar 6 at Mary Ann site. The history of this plane indicates that the picture must have been taken around the first part of September, 1944 as the plane was assigned to the 482nd Bomb Group on 9 September, 1944. Those identified in the picture are as follows: Jim Varrozza (sitting third from the left on the tail under the "4" in the plane's serial number), Theodore "Shep" Sherbow, (sitting two men to the left of Varrozza), Captain Norman Paulson (last man kneeling on right), Ed Kukowski (behind Paulson with his hand stuck in his pants). Elmer Biers (Hangar Chief) is to the left of Paulson. Others in the photo are Larry Clemons, Carl Phipps, Bertha File (the only woman in the picture), Chuck Liscosky, Floyd Bowman (aka "Shorty), Clifford Lagrone (aka "Pappy), Alfred Pancake, Ernest Harkins, William Knight (aka "Red"), Jim Albers, Don Johnson, Donald Parker, Forest Few, Guy Beckman, Lyle Aufranc, Leon Carlson (aka "Red"), Lester R. Pruett, Mike Jesinka, Loyd G. Peck, Phillip Brusseau, Hobart Johnson, Leon Vickers, John B. Shatt, Clyde Kirkland, and John M. Stephens (the gun is aimed at him). If you want to know where all the guys are, email me know and I'll send you a "map" I made. Photo courtesy of Jim Varrozza. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of the nightshift crew with the 1000th B17 through hangar 6, Mary Ann Site.This picture was taken to celebrate the processing of the 1000th B-17 through hangar 6 at Mary Ann site. This picture has the nighshift crew of Hangar 6. Those identified in the picture are as follows: James Church, Robert Church, Lieutenant Thomas Canan, Joe Tidano, Carl Phipps, Gilbert Purcell, Russ Schauer, Oliver Rhodes, and "Happy" (the life raft expert).. If you want to know where all the guys are, email me know and I'll send you a "map" I made. Photo courtesy of Jon Stephens. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of men by Nissen Hut.This picture appears to have been taken next to what was known as a Nissen Hut. It was one of the types of living quarters for the men stationed at Burtonwood. My guess is that these men shared a hut. Bob Admire is kneeling on the right. The short man behind him also appears in the next photo. The man 2nd from the right is believed to be Corporal Wash M. Switch of West Virginia. The man to the left of him is believed to be James Wilkinson. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of men outside hangar 6.This picture was probably taken outside hangar 6 at Mary Ann site, possibly on the west side. Bob Admire is last man on laying down on the right (with his hand propping up his head). Chuck Liscosky is the man on the far right whose face is partially obstructed by the man sitting sideways. The third man from the left on the back row is Robert Weynand. The fourth man from the left on the back row is James Wilkinson. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of a group of men taken outside of hangar 6.This is a similar picture to the previous one, but its taken at a different camera angle. Picture courtesy of Robert Weynand. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of men by Margaret Topping.Miss Margaret Topping. A very nice lady who worked for over five years in the mess halls at Burtonwood. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of poker game.A poker game in Hut # 6. Participants are (standing) left to right: Frank Ferry, Harold Koerner, Harry Reitz, W. H. Knight, Jim Varrozza, (sitting) left to right: Corporal Wash M. Switch, Forrest Few, Herbert Solbrig, Donald Parker (behind Solbrig), and sleeping Ed Kukowski. Picture courtesy of Jim Varrozza. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of engine Crew 3 in front of war weary B17.Engine Crew 3 in front of war weary B17. Front row, left to right: Rolland Spafford, Carl Hentsch, Jake Hernandez, Unknown. Back row, left to right: Ulen Henderson, Unknown, Verne Hall, Jim Reeves. Picture courtesy of Rolland Spafford. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of THE summer day at Burtonwood.As I was told, this must of been THE only summer day at Burtonwood that year. Those identified: On the far Left: Matt Higgins. Fourth from left: Jake Hernandez. Second from right: Oral Ball. Picture courtesy of Rolland Spafford. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of three men at Burtonwood.Robert Weynand is in the middle. Leon Carlson is on the right. Unknown on the left. Picture courtesy of Robert Weynand. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of seven men at Burtonwood.Back row, left to right: Robert Weynand, Unknown, Bob Heiss, Unknown. Front Row: all unknown, but the guy in the middle appears in the next two photos also. Picture courtesy of Robert Weynand. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of a group of men taken in front of the Red Lion Inn in Warrington.Robert Weynand and some unknown friends standing in front of the Red Lion Inn in Warrington. Robert is in the middle of the back row. Picture courtesy of Robert Weynand. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of a group of men taken in front of the Chapel House in Warrington.Robert Weynand and some unknown friends standing in front of the Chapel House in Warrington. Robert is in the middle of the back row. Picture courtesy of Robert Weynand. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of a B17 under repair in hangar 6 at Burtonwood.A B17 under repair in hangar 6. Picture courtesy of Robert Weynand. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of a postcard showing Bridge Foot in Warrington.A postcard showing Bridge Foot in Warrington. Picture courtesy of Robert Weynand. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of a postcard showing Bridge Street in Warrington.A postcard showing Bridge Street in Warrington. Picture courtesy of Robert Weynand. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of chow line at Burtonwood.Robert Weynand is on the 7th head from the right. The rest are unknown. Picture courtesy of Robert Weynand. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of Robert Weynand's electrical crew at Burtonwood.(back row) Bob Heiss, James Wilkinson, William H. Pate. (middle row) - Unknown, Unknown, Robert Weynand. (front row) Michael Propeack, Oliver Rhodes (aka "Dusty", crew chief of the electrical crew 3-11 shift), Harry B. Williams, Henry Robles. Picture courtesy of Robert Weynand. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of hangar 6 on the left at Burtonwood.Hangar 6 is on the left. Picture courtesy of Robert Weynand. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of James Brady and Robert Weynand at Burtonwood.James Brady and Robert Weynand. Picture courtesy of Robert Weynand. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of Robert Weynand and friends lounging in a park near Burtonwood.Robert Weynand and some unknown friends lounging in a park near Burtonwood. Picture courtesy of Robert Weynand. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of Robert Weynand and friends taken in front of a hut at Burtonwood.Robert Weynand and some unknown friends in front of a hut at Burtonwood. Robert is third from the left in the middle row. Picture courtesy of Robert Weynand. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of a postcard showing Market Gate in Warrington.A postcard showing Market Gate. Picture courtesy of Robert Weynand. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of a group of men taken in front of a B-24 at Burtonwood.This group of men is standing in front of a B-24. The man on the back row, third from the left is believed to be James Wilkinson. Picture courtesy of Robert Weynand. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of a group of men taken in front of a B-17 at Burtonwood.This group of men is standing in front of a B-17. The B-17 in the background has serial number 48319. Picture courtesy of Robert Weynand. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of Robert Weynand and an unknown friend.Robert Weynand is on the right. The identity of the man on the left is not known. Picture courtesy of Robert Weynand. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of Robert Weynand and Oliver Rhodes.Robert Weynand is on the left. Oliver "Dusty" Rhodes. This photo was taken at home of Ben Davies in bromborugh. Ben was an English construction engineeer involved in the construction of Burtonwood. Picture courtesy of Robert Weynand. Click on the photo to enlarge.


JPG picture of Robert Weynand and the Church brothers.Robert Weynand is on the left. James and Robert Church are to his right. This picture was taken in Chester, England. Picture courtesy of Robert Weynand. Click on the photo to enlarge.


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