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1944 (© USAAF via Peter Randall)
RAF Raydon airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture, industry
Tower Type:
Watch Office for All Commands 12779/41 with medium front windows to 343/43, temporary USAAF rooftop VCR, the 'Crow's Nest'
Tower:
Demolished in the 1960s
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
11/43 to 01/44, 362nd, 363rd and 364th Fighter Squadrons of the 357th Fighter Group from the USA with P-51 Mustangs, originally assigned to the IX USAAF, 1/44 transferred to VIII USAAF and moved to Leiston.
01/44 to 04/44, 365th, 366th and 367th FS of the 358th Fighter Group with P-47D Thunderbolts
from Leiston, 1/44 transferred from VIII to IX USSAF, moved again to High Halden.
04/44 to 10/45, 350th, 351st and 352nd FS of the 353rd Fighter Group from Metfield with P-47 Thunderbolts, from 10/44 P-51 Mustangs, returned to the USA. Flew 447 missions, lost 137 aircraft in action, claimed 330 air and 414 enemy ground kills, last mission 25/02/45.
12/45, Returned to the RAF but not used again for flying, land sold off between 1952 and 1958.
RAF Raydon airfield - 353rd FG - 357th FG - 358th FG -
Below; A series of rare colour slides taken on the roof of Raydon control tower by Arthur McCray, discovered in Oklahoma in 2007 for $6 by Ray Sims, 1945 (© Arthur McCray via Ray Sims)
Saul Jaffe on the control tower balcony
Captain Henry Zielinski in the 'Crow's Nest'
Arthur McCray
Carmine Ciampa with the mortar cover
Arthur McCray 'watching the boys come home'
Captain Karl Ulrey
RAF Raydon airfield - 353rd FG - 357th FG - 358th FG -
Up in the 'Crow's Nest' 1944 (© 353rd Fighter Group USAAF via Simon Dunham)
Top floor of the tower 1944 (© 353rd Fighter Group USAAF via Simon Dunham)
RAF Raydon airfield - 353rd FG - 357th FG - 358th FG -
Airfield:
Operational fighter
Opened:
11/1943
Closed:
/1958
Code:
RA
USAAF Station:
157
Runways:
3x - concrete
Hangars:
2x - T2
County:
Suffolk
Location:
3 miles SE of Hadleigh
OS Ref:
TM060390
©:
All photographs copyright © as stated
RAF Raydon airfield - 353rd FG - 357th FG - 358th FG -
above; On parade, below; Crash crew 1945 (© Arthur McCray via Ray Sims)
RAF Raydon airfield - 357th Fighter Group - 358th FG - 353rd FG -
Arthur McCray sightseeing in Oxford
Victor Maresca
Sunbathing fully clothed in Torquay...
Northern approach to Tower bridge
On leave in England... 1945 (© Arthur McCray via Ray Sims)
RAF Raydon airfield - 357th FG - 358th Fighter Group - 353rd FG -
Raydon airfield from the air 1945 (© Arthur McCray via Ray Sims)
RAF Raydon airfield - 357th FG - 358th FG - 353rd Fighter Group -
1973 (© Steve Bond)
RAF Raydon airfield - 357th FG - 358th FG - 353rd FG -
RAF Raydon 353 FG - 357 FG - 358 FG - airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2006 - Raydon