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Great Ashfield control tower hiding behind an unknown soldier sitting astride a 2,000lb GP bomb c.1944 (© USAF via Adam Smith)
RAF Great Ashfield airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture
Tower Type:
Watch Office for Bomber Satellite and OTU's, 13726/41
Tower:
Demolished
Other Buildings:
Very few
History:
05/43, 1651 Conversion Unit with Short Stirlings.
26/06/43 to 08/45, 548th, 549th, 550th and 551st Bombardment Squadrons of the 385th Bombardment Group (H), 'Vans Valiant's' (named after first Group CO Col. Elliott Vandevanter) with B-17 Flying Fortress bombers. First mission 17/07/43, last mission 20/04/45, flew 296 missions losing 129 B-17's in action. The Group won two Distinguished Unit Citations and was the last Group to be shot at in May 1945, returned to the USA.
10/45 to 03/57, No. 94 Maintenance Unit bomb storage, airfield sold 1960.
RAF Great Ashfield - 385th BG 'Van's Valiants' -
Great Ashfield Airdrome welcome sign, thought to have survived post-war - anyone know where it is today? c.1945 (© via Robert Dyball)
RAF Great Ashfield - 385th Bomb Group 'Van's Valiants' -
Airfield:
Operational Bomber
Opened:
03/43
Closed:
07/45
ID Code:
??
USAAF Station:
155
Runways:
3x - concrete, wood chips
Hangars:
2x - T2
County:
Suffolk
Location:
10 miles E of Bury St Edmunds
OS Ref:
TM010663
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All photographs copyright © as stated
RAF Great Ashfield - 385th BG 'Van's Valiants' -
It was a big sign! c.1945 (© USAAF)
Roof of the control tower c.1945 (© USAAF)
c.1944 (© USAAF via Adam Smith)
RAF Great Ashfield airfield
A few scattered buildings are all that now remains... 2002 (© Bill Daysh)
RAF Great Ashfield airfield
RAF Great Ashfield airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2002 - Great Ashfield -