Dunkeswell Airfield is set in the beautiful Blackdown hills of East Devon. The airfield itself is situated about fifteen miles NE of Exeter and five miles north of Honiton.
The airfield was constructed in 1943 and has the distinction of being the only United States Navy air station on British soil. It was home to the Fleet Air Wing 7 (FAW 7) and also the US Air Force 479th Anti-Submarine Group. They operated the B24 Liberator.
The Liberator was used in the Maritime reconaissance/Anti-Submarine role and the airfield and its personnel played a vital role in protecting the vital convoy routes of the western approaches from German U-Boats. Many of the crews that left on their missions failed to return including JFK’s brother Joe Kennedy who was killed in an accident during take off whilst testing some new equpment.
After the war the RAF took over the airfield and operated many types from here until their departure in the late 50’s. Since then Dunkeswell has grown into a very busy General Aviation airfield visited by many pilots from around the country and Europe.