Helmond

Validation date: 10 12 2011
Updated on: 18 03 2013
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51°28'N 005°42'E

Runway: 09/27 - ...x..m/...x..feet - brick

Airfield Helmond (Dutch: vliegveld Helmond also known as Advanced LAnding Ground B86 Helmond) was an advanced landing field situated near the town of Helmond in Noord-Brabant, the Netherlands.
The airfield was built around October 1944. It had the unique distiction of being the location of the world's first downing of a jet fighter (a Luftwaffe Me-262) by a Ground Based Air Defense unit (2875 Squadron of the RAF Regiment).

1945
ROYAL AIR FORCE: 2ND TACTICAL AIR FORCE, 1943-1945. © IWM (CL 1648).
The remains of a Messerschmitt Me 262 of 2./KG 5, shot down over B86/Helmond, Holland, the previous day by a 40mm Bofors gun crew of No. 2875 (Anti-Aircraft) Squadron, RAF Regiment, are inspected by RAF and Army technical officers.

1945
Airfield B-86 from the air, early 1945 (RAF, via Rijpelberg.info).

March 1945
Crew preparing to launch a Typhoon fighter at airfield B-86 (canadianwings.com).

1944
THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE IN HOLLAND, 1944. © IWM (CL 1598).
Two armourers of No 440 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, trudge through the mud of an airfield near Eindhoven to re-arm a Hawker Typhoon fighter-bomber (Helmond is 'near Eindhoven' and also the base where No.143 Wing RCAF and 440Sqn were stationed).


The 'Christus Koning' mission home provided lodging to the aircrew at airfield B-86, which was located directly opposite the building.

map
Airfield B-86 projected on a map of Helmond in 2009 (Har Dirkx of Rijpelberg.info).

Today nothing reminds of the former airfield Helmond.