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Lakenheath's second control tower 2003 (© USAF)
RAF Lakenheath airfield
Airfield Today:
USAF
Tower Type:
1. Wartime RAF watch office - type unknown
2. Control Tower for Very Heavy Bomber Stations 294/45
3. Multi storey USAF tower
Tower:
1. Demolished
2.
Demolished
3. In use
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
First used in early 1941 by 9 Sqn Wellingtons from Honington.
11/41 to 01/42, Officially opened as a Bomber Satellite Station and used by 20 OTU Wellingtons from Lossiemouth.
01/42 to 05/44, 149 Sqn Stirlings from Mildenhall trained by 149 Conversion Flight. 149 Sqn flew 350 operations from here before moving to Methwold.
06/43 to 05/44, 199 Sqn with Wellingtons then Stirlings, flew 69 ops before moving to North Creake. 116 Stirlings were lost by 149 and 199 Sqns while flying from Lakenheath.
06/44, Airfield closed for rebuilding as a Very Heavy Bomber Station for use by 8th USAAF B-29 Superfortress. Planned to take a year it eventually took two and a half years by which time the war had ended. Airfield remained unused until the Berlin Airlift of 1948.
07/48 to present, First used by B-29s of the 2nd Bomb Group, detached here for 90 days. Many units and aircraft types followed including B-50, B-47, B-36, F-100, F-4, F-111 and F-15.
RAF Lakenheath airfield
RAF and USAF Station
Airfield:
Operational bomber
Opened:
/1941
Closed:
N/A
ID Code:
?
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
3x - concrete
Hangars:
1x - B1, 5x - T2 (3 for Horsa glider storage),
County:
Suffolk
Location:
5 miles N of Newmarket
OS Ref:
TL740820
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©:
All photos © via MSgt Gregory S. Henneman, USAF
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