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28/09/1944 (© 303rd BG, USAAF)
RAF Molesworth airfield
Airfield Today:
Not known
Tower Type:
1. Watch Office with Met Section 518/40
2. Post-war temporary USAF Tower 1954-58
3. Later USAF multi-storey Tower. Not used for Air Traffic Control
Tower:
1. Demolished during USAF rebuilding 1951-54
2. Demolished
3. Not known
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
15/11/1941 to 04/01/1942, 460 Squadron RAAF formed here with Wellingtons.
02/01/1942 to /02/1942, 159 Squadron formed here with Liberators.
/02/1942 Airfield transferred to USAAF and runways extended, /05/1942 First US units arrived.
/06/1942 to 10/09/1942, 5th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron.
09/06/1942 to 13/09/1942, 15th Bombardment Group with Douglas A20s, first mission 29/06/1942 to Hazebrouck. Re-equipped with B-17's /08/1942. Completed the first USAAF mission from the UK.
12/09/1942 to /06/1945, 358th, 359th, 360th and 427th Bombardment Squadrons of the 303rd Bomb Group (Heavy) 'Hells Angels' (Might in Flight) with B-17s. First mission 17/11/1942 to St Nazaire, the Group went on to complete 364 missions. B-17F 'Hells Angels' of the 358th BS was the first to complete 25 missions. 'Knockout Dropper' of the 359th BS was the first to complete 75 missions. Final Group mission 25/04/1945 before moving to North Africa. Eighth's highest score of 364 missions completed.
01/07/1945 to 10/08/1945, 441 and 442 Canadian Squadrons with Mustangs.
27/07/1945, 1335 Conversion Unit with Meteors.
07/09/1945 to 28/06/1946, 19 Squadron with Mustangs, then Spitfires.
09/11/1946 to 03/12/1946, 129 Squadron with Spitfires.
/10/1945 to 11/12/1945, 222 Squadron with Meteors.

Station placed on Care and Maintenance /10/1946.
/07/1951 Re-opened for USAF and new runway built, opened to flying /02/1954.
/02/1954 to 25/10/1956, 582nd Air Re-supply Group with B-29s, C-119Cs and Grumman amphibians.
25/10/1956 to 31/05/1957, 582nd ARG renamed 42nd Troop Carrier Squadron (Medium) with C-119Cs and C-47s. 1956, 47th Bomb Wing B-45s here briefly.
Flying ceased 1958, then became supply depot and reserve airfield.
RAF Molesworth - 5th PRS - 15th Bomb Group - 303rd Bomb Group -
19/05/1944 (© 303rd Bomb Group, USAAF, via Simon Dunham))
Molesworth Photopage
Bob's Photopage!
RAF Molesworth - 5th PRS - 15th Bomb Group - 303rd Bomb Group -
Foreground, 359th BS B-17G #42-97284 'Ain't Misbehavin' aka 'Ain't Miss Bea Haven' (BN-S)
1944 (© Milton Cantor, via Gary Moncur, 303rd Bomb Group)
RAF Molesworth - 5th PRS - 15th Bomb Group - 303rd Bomb Group -
Airfield:
Operational Bomber
Opened:
15/05/1941
Closed:
199?
ID Code:
MX
USAAF Station:
107
Runways:
3x - concrete, tarmac
Hangars:
1x - J, 2x - T2
County:
Huntingdonshire
Location:
10-1/2 miles NW of Huntingdon
OS Ref:
TL078774
Links:
303rd BG Association: www.303rdbga.com
©:
All photos © copyright as stated
1954-1958 The second control tower at Molesworth:
1955 Temporary USAF control tower (© Bob Stewart)
1956 Temporary USAF control tower
B-45 taxies past the control tower
Interior of the tower
1956 (© Glenn Wittge)
RAF Molesworth - 5th PRS - 15th Bomb Group - 303rd Bomb Group -
1973 (© Steve Bond)
RAF Molesworth - 5th PRS - 15th Bomb Group - 303rd Bomb Group -
RAF Molesworth airfield, 303 BG, control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2003 - Molesworth -