DO you recognise the men in this picture?

The photograph was given to the team at the RAF Burtonwood Heritage Centre by a recent visitor.

It shows a group of United States Air Force (USAF) officers and on the back it notes the date March 7, 1952 as well as ‘Base Photo: Lab, APO124’.

The team of volunteers at the centre are keen to find out more about the photo.Aldon Ferguson, from the Burtonwood Association, said: “We know that APO 124 is Army Post Office 124 – Burtonwood.

“We turned to the Burtonwood Beacon newspaper to see if we could determine who, why and where.

“We also looked at the background and determined that the structure behind is not at Burtonwood at all, but it was the Liverpool Overhead Railway.

“This railway was elevated above the dock wall and ran all the way from Dingle in east Liverpool to Seaforth and Litherland in the west where it joined up with the Liverpool to Southport electric line.

“This is a hint as Burtonwood had a Port Detachment at the docks to manage material coming and going to and from the USA via Liverpool docks.

“We then turned to the newspaper and found in the edition printed on February 29, 1952, that a ‘USAFE Depot Conference begins at Burtonwood next Monday’.

“It stated that the ‘Second Air Force European Command Conference will be held at Burtonwood and Sealand next Monday through Thursday’from March 3 to 6.

“The purpose was to study the integration of logistic capabilities between the depots in Britain, France, Germany and other locations in Europe.”

Members of the Burtonwood Association are keen to find out more about the picture.

The aim of the association is to uphold the memory of the men, women and activities that occurred at RAF Burtonwood and to record all those achievements and preserve them for future generations.

Membership is open to all men and women who served at RAF Burtonwood including civilians and their families.

Associate membership is open to anyone with an interest in the base.

For more details email Aldon on