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2002 Looking South East across the airfield
RAF Chilbolton airfield
Airfield Today:
Observatory, agriculture, industry
Tower Type:
Watch Office for All Commands 12779/41, medium windows to 343/43
Tower:
Demolished - if you have any photographs of the Control Tower please let me know!
Other Buildings:
Few on airfield site but Stonefield Camp still exists close to airfield
History:
09/40 to , relief landing ground used as a satellite to Middle Wallop. Rebuilt with concrete runways in 1943.
12/43 to 09/44, 5th Tactical Air Depot, 10th and 86th Air Depot Groups of the 9th USAAF with P-47D Thunderbolts.
03/44, 12th and 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadrons with Mustangs and Spitfires from Aldermaston.
03/44 to 06/44,
395th, 396th and 397th Fighter Squadrons of the 368th Fighter Group with P-47's from Greenham Common, became the first 9th USAAF unit to move to Europe.
09/44 to 03/45, Used by many 9th USAAF TCG's including the 442nd Troop Carrier Group with C-47's.
03/45 to /46, RAF No. 41 Operational Training Unit, 3/46 became the first RAF Station to operate Vampire jets with 247 Sqn. Then used by Folland and Vickers for aircraft testing until 1961.
RAF Chilbolton airfield
Water Tower and Operations Block Site
RAF and 9th USAAF Station
Airfield:
Operational Fighter, Transport
Opened:
09/1940
Closed:
/1961
ID Code:
?
USAAF Station:
404
Runways:
3x - concrete, tarmac and wood chips
Hangars:
2x - T2, 8x - Blister
County:
Hampshire
Location:
4 miles SE of Andover
OS Ref:
SU393385
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All photos © copyright Robert Truman 2002
RAF Chilbolton airfield - 9th USAAF - IX USAAF -
Looking North West from Ops Block/Water Tower, airfield to left (Nissen hut site in centre)
RAF Chilbolton airfield - 5th TAD - 10th ADG - 86th ADG -
RAF Chilbolton airfield + contol tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2001 - Chilbolton -