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2001 (© Robert Truman)
RAF Earls Colne airfield
Airfield Today:
Earls Colne Business Park - agriculture, golf, sports centre, industry
Tower Type:
Watch Office for All Commands, 12779/41 with smaller front windows to 343/43
Tower:
2001: Was used as a house for at least 20 years (with two front windows bricked up and rooms divided) but now a vandalised ruin
2003: Control tower demolished
Other Buildings:
Very few, hangars and part of perimiter track
History:
08/1942 to /1943, No. 3 Group Bomber Command.
05/1943 to 06/1943, 8th USAAF: 331st, 332nd, 333rd and 410th Bomb Squadrons of the 94th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
'Results Count' - 'Cunning, Rugged, Courageous' moved here from Bassingbourn with B-17 Flying Fortress, moved to Rougham.
06/1943 to 07/1944, 9th USAAF: 453rd, 454th, 455th and 456th Bomb Squadrons of the 323rd Bombardment Group from Horham with B-26 Marauders, 10/1943 transferred to the 9th USAAF, moved to Beaulieu.
09/1944 to 04/1946, No. 38 Group with No. 296 and 297 Squadrons with Albermarle and Halifax bombers.
RAF Earls Colne airfield control tower
2001 (© Robert Truman)
RAF Earls Colne airfield control tower
Airfield:
Operational bomber
Opened:
08/1942
Closed:
03/1946
ID Code:
EC
USAAF Station:
358
Runways:
3x - concrete, tarmac
Hangars:
2x - T2
County:
Essex
Location:
3 miles W of Halstead
OS Ref:
TL848270
©:
Photographs copyright © as stated
RAF Earls Colne - 94th Bomb Group - 323rd Bomb Group -
The ruined interior 2001 (© Robert Truman)
RAF Earls Colne airfield - 94th BG 8th USAAF - 323rd BG 9th USAAF -
1985 (©Barry H. Abraham)
RAF Earls Colne airfield - 94th BG 8th USAAF - 323rd BG 9th USAAF -
1977 (© Fred Cubberley)
1972 (© Steve Bond)
RAF Earls Colne airfield control tower
RAF Earles Colne airfield + air control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2003 - Earles Colne - 94th BG, VIII USAAF, 323rd BG, IX USAAF - updated 02/05/2017 -