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1966 (© Harry Holmes)
RAF Polebrook airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture
Tower Type:
Watch Office with Met Section 518/40, later circular addition to roof
Tower:
Demolished 1970s
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
06/1941 to 02/1942, 90 Squadron testing the RAF's B-17 Flying Fortress.
13/06/1942 to 25/11/1942, 340th, 341st, 342nd and 414th Bomb Squadrons of the 97th Bombardment Group (Heavy) with B-17 Flying Fortress. 17/08/1942 flew the first 8th USAAF heavy bomber mission to Rouen marshalling yards, transferred to the 12th USAAF in N. Africa.
04/1943 to 07/1945, 508th, 509th, 510th and 511th Bombardment Squadrons of the 351st Bomb Group (H) with the B-17 Flying Fortress, flew 311 missions.
07/1943 to 09/1943, Major Clark Gable was here during the filming of the colour documentary 'Combat America' wwhich includes some good footage of the airfield and control tower.
10/07/1945 to /1947, No. 273 Maintenance Unit and No. 3 Ferry Pool, closed 10/1948.
12/1959 to 08/1963 Thor missile site until final closure.
RAF Polebrook - 97th Bomb Group - 351st Bomb Group -
1970s (© Paul Francis)
RAF Polebrook - 97th Bomb Group - 351st Bomb Group -
Airfield:
Operational Bomber
Opened:
/1941
Closed:
/1963
ID Code:
PK
USAAF Station:
110
Runways:
3x - concrete, tarmac
Hangars:
1x - T1, 1x - J1
County:
Northamptonshire
Location:
3 miles SE of Oundle
OS Ref:
TL093863
Links:
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Photographs © copyright as stated
RAF Polebrook - 97th Bomb Group - 351st Bomb Group -
1945 (© 351st BG, USAAF)
Stinson, Lacey, Spaatz and Doolitle on the Polebrook control tower 19/07/1944 (© 351st BG, USAAF)
RAF Polebrook - 97th Bomb Group - 351st Bomb Group -
1977 (© Ian Woodward)
RAF Polebrook - 97th Bomb Group - 351st Bomb Group -
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- robert truman 2002 - Polebrook - updated 28/09/2018 -