USAAF 8th AF air base sign
Dimensions:W: 47cm (18.5")H: 47cm (18.5")D: 4cm (1.6")
Cast alloy door sign for Base Air Depot No.1. Manufactured in five sections - a pair of wings, star, 'Base Air Depot' banner and a B-17 aircraft. Each wing measures approximately 20cm (span) and the star is 8cm across. This would probably have been painted originally and each section screwed to a sign or door. R.A.F. Station Burtonwood (Cheshire) was used by the USAAF from June 1942 until the end of the war as Base Air Depot 1 (BAD 1). By December 1943 it had become the centre for overhaul and repair of all AAF radial engined aircraft. RAF Burtonwood was the largest airfield within Europe during WW2 with both the longest runway and highest number of AAF personnel on site - responsible for the support of the 8th, 9th and ultimately the 12th and 15th AAF. A unique item in very good condition. Currently displayed attached to a felt covered wooden board measuring approximately 47 x 47 x 4cm. We can send 'as is' or removed from the board to significantly reduce weight/postal costs. A superb display item that we sold some years ago and had the opportunity to re-purchase and offer again. Stock code M21260.