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Lt Warren R. Lobdell, 366th FS, 358th Fighter Group Spring 1944 via Gregory J. Hackenberg)
RAF Atcham airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture, industrial estate
Tower Type:
Watch Office with Met Section 518/40
Tower:
Demolished
Other Buildings:
Only a few original buildings remain
History:
/41 to /42, No. 9 Group Sector Station (Operations Block here) operating Spitfires of the following Sqns up to mid 1942: 74 Sqn, 131 Sqn, 232 Sqn and 350 Sqn.
Transferred to USAAF 15/06/42.
06/42 to 08/42, 307th, 308th and 309th Fighter Squadrons of the 31st Fighter Group with Spitfires, moved to Westhampnett.
08/42 to 11/42, 48th and 49th Fighter Squadrons of the 14th Fighter Group with P-38F Lightnings, moved to North Africa.
11/42 to 10/43, 6th Fighter Wing, CCRC Combat Crew Replacement Centre with Spitfires and Airacobras, later replaced with P-47 Thunderbolts.
01/02/43 to 03/03/43, 1st Provisional Gunnery Flight formed here, renamed 24/02/43 as 2025th Gunnery Flight (P) target towing with
Westland Lysander and Miles Masters, moved to Llanbedr.
10/43 to 02/45, 6th FW renamed 2906th Observation Training Group, then renamed again as 495th Fighter Training Group.
08/44 also had Ninth AF P-38s from Goxhill. 495th FTG moved to Cheddington.
03/45, Returned to RAF control becoming a satellite to Ternhill with No. 5 (Pilot) Advanced Flying Unit and No. 6 Service Flying Training School. 577 Sqn target towing with Oxford, Spitfire and Vengeance. Airfield sold 20/01/58.
RAF Atcham airfield 1941-46
1944 via Gregory J. Hackenberg)
Atcham Control Tower
USAAF marked Lysander target tug of the 1st G&TT Flt and a P-47D Thunderbolt
RAF Atcham airfield 1941-46
Airfield:
Fighter Training
Opened:
09/41
Closed:
10/46
ID Code:
AP
USAAF Station:
06/42: P-10, 09/42: 342
Runways:
3x - tarmac
Hangars:
3x - Callendar-Hamilton, 8x - Blister
County:
Shropshire
Location:
5 miles E of Shrewsbury
OS Ref:
SJ572104
Links:
Gregory J. Hackenbergs excellent Atcham and High Halden site in memory of Lt Lobdell: www.creativefatcat.com/lobdell
©:
All photos © copyright as stated
RAF Atcham airfield 1941-46
1945 (© Major E Miller, USAAF)
1944 Thunderbolts over 'The Wrekin' 2002 seen from the diverted old road to the main gate
RAF Atcham airfield - 31st Fighter Group - 14th Fighter Group - 495th FTG -
1999 View north, MT sheds and office in foreground, main gate and airfield to right of trees
Original Main Gate, Guard House on right, Station HQ behind (both demolished 2002)
Entrance to Sick Quarters Site No 5, Attingham Hall and Park
Operations Block Site
All that remains is the black & white painted gate, the Picket Post was behind gatepost
Emergency Operations Block Site
Only one small building remains at the back of this site

Remembrance Day 2002


In memory of the USAAF in Great Britain 1942-1945
RAF Atcham airfield - 31st Fighter Group - 14th Fighter Group - 495th FTG -
RAF Atcham airfield & control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2002 - Atcham CCRC -