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Chilbolton control tower from the film 'The Sound Barrier' 1952 (© via Steve Ward)
RAF Chilbolton airfield
Airfield Today:
Observatory, agriculture, industry
Tower Type:
1. Watch Office for All Commands 12779/41
2. Postwar tower?

Tower:
Demolished
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
09/1940 to 1942, relief landing ground used as a satellite to Middle Wallop. Rebuilt with concrete runways in 1943.
12/1943 to 09/1944, 5th Tactical Air Depot, 10th and 86th Air Depot Groups of the 9th USAAF with P-47D Thunderbolts.
03/1944, 12th and 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadrons with Mustangs and Spitfires from Aldermaston.
03/1944 to 06/1944,
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 mainland Europe.
09/1944 to 03/1945, Used by many 9th USAAF TCG's including the 442nd Troop Carrier Group with C-47's.
03/1945 to /1946, RAF No. 41 Operational Training Unit, 03/1946 became the first RAF Station to operate Vampire jets with 247 Squadron.
Airfield then used by Folland and Vickers for aircraft testing until 1961. In 1952 the flying sequences for the film 'The Sound Barrier' were filmed here with the Supermarine Type 535 prototype which was named 'Prometheus' in the film.
RAF Chilbolton airfield
Water tower and Operations Block site 2002
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
Links:
©:
Photographs © copyright as stated
RAF Chilbolton airfield - 9th USAAF - IX USAAF -
Filming the Supermarine 535 for 'The Sound Barrier' 1952 (© via Steve Ward)
RAF Chilbolton airfield - 5th TAD - 10th ADG - 86th ADG -
Postwar tower at Chilbolton? 1953 (© via Steve Ward)
RAF Chilbolton airfield - 5th TAD - 10th ADG - 86th ADG -
RAF Chilbolton airfield + contol tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2001 -
- Chilbolton - updated 15/09/2018 -