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1944 (© USAAF)
RAF Leiston airfield control tower - 357th FG - 358th FG -
Airfield Today:
Agriculture
Tower Type:
Watch Office for all Commands 12779/41, front lower windows to 343/43
Tower:
Demolished
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
11/1943 to 01/1944, 358th Fighter Group with P-47 Thunderbolts from Goxhill, flew 17 combat missions before transferring to the 9th USAAF at Raydon.
01/1944 to 07/1945, 362nd, 363rd and 364th Fighter Squadrons of the 357th Fighter Group 'The Yoxford Boys', 'Fighters for Victory', the first P-51 Mustang equipped unit of the 8th Air Force, moved here from Raydon. 11/02/1944, First P-51B mission flown to Rouen. 357th FG flew 313 missions and pilots included Bud Anderson, Kit Carson and Chuck Yeager, moved to Germany as part of the Allied occupation forces.
10/1945 to /1953, became No. 18 Recruit Centre, Technical Training Command, Leiston airfield sold 1965.
RAF Leiston airfield control tower - 357th FG - 358th FG -
P-51K Mustang 'Nooky Booky IV' flown by Major Carson of the 362nd FS, 357th FG 1945 (© USAAF)
RAF Leiston airfield control tower - 357th FG - 358th FG -
Airfield:
Operational fighter
Opened:
1943
Closed:
1953
ID Code:
LI
USAAF Station:
373
Runways:
3x - concrete, tarmac
Hangars:
2x - T2, 8x - Blister
County:
Suffolk
Location:
3 miles E of Saxmundham
OS Ref:
TM430645
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RAF Leiston airfield control tower - 357th FG - 358th FG -
Inside Leiston control tower 1944 (© USAAF via Peter Randall)
1944 (© USAAF via Tim Clarke)
RAF Leiston airfield control tower - 357th FG - 358th FG -
Leiston control tower post-war date unknown (© via Peter Randall)
1975 (© Robin Taylor)
RAF Leiston airfield control tower - 357th FG - 358th FG -
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