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1944-45 (© USAAF via Brian Gibbons, 397th Bomb Group Historian)
RAF Rivenhall airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture, industry
Tower Type:
Watch Office for all Commands 12779/41 with small front windows 15371/41
Tower:
Demolished in the 1960s
News:
2009: Currently there are plans to demolish everything remaining at Rivenhall and build an incinerator and waste site.
Another victim of the Government's 'brownfield' scheme to build on historic airfield sites?
History:
01/44 to 04/44, 380th, 381st, 382nd and 383rd Fighter Squadrons of the 363rd Fighter Group from Keevil with P-51B Mustangs. First mission 24/02/44, the 363rd FG flew 20 missions from Rivenhall losing 16 P-51's in action before moving to Staplehurst.
04/44 to 08/44, 596th, 597th, 598th and 599th Bombardment Squadrons of the 397th Bombardment Group from Gosfield with B-26 Marauders. First mission 20/04/44, the 397th Bomb Group flew 86 missions from Rivenhall losing 16 B-26's in action before moving to Hurn.
10/44 to 01/46, RAF 295 Sqn Stirlings, flew night operations to Holland and Denmark in support of resistance units and
04/45, took part in Operation Varsity, the Rhine crossing. 04/45 to 01/46, 570 Sqn Stirlings.
Post-war the airfield was used to house ex-PoW Polish soldiers and by Marconi.
RAF Rivenhall
2009 (© Gillian Westall)
RAF Rivenhall airfield
Airfield:
Operational
Opened:
/1943
Closed:
/1945
Code:
RL
USAAF Station:
168
Runways:
3x - concrete, tarmac
Hangars:
1x - Blister, 2x - T2
County:
Essex
Location:
2 miles N of Rivenhall
OS Ref:
TL820206
©:
All photographs copyright © as stated
RAF Rivenhall airfield
RAF Rivenhall - 363rd FG - 397th BG - 295 Sqn - 570 Sqn -
RAF Rivenhall airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2007 - Rivenhall 363rd FG, 397th BG -