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Ruins of the Watch Office for Bomber Satellite Stations (© Fred Cubberley)
RAF Saltby airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture
Tower Type:
1. Watch Office with Ops Room for Bomber Satellite Stations, 15975/40 Type A, with observation room 13079/40, replaced by;
2. Watch Office for all Commands 12779/41 with small front windows to 15371/41
Tower:
1. Demolished
2. Demolished
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
08/42 to 08/43, No. 14 Operational Training Unit with Wellingtons, moved to Cottesmore. Airfield then closed while runways were built.
02/44 to 03/45, 32nd, 50th, 61st and 62nd Troop Carrier squadrons of the 314th Troop Carrier Group with C-47 and C-53 transports from Sicily. The 314th TCG won a Distinguished Unit Citation for their efforts dropping 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers on D-Day. They also dropped British paratroops during the Arnhem operation 09/44.
03/45 to 08/45, No. 1665 Heavy Conversion Unit from Tilstock with Halifax and Stirlings, moved to Tockwith.
05/45, 349th TCG C-46s carrying British paratroopers to Norway.
08/45 to 09/55, Transferred to RAF Maintenance Command and used by 216 and 255 MU, Saltby airfield sold off in 1955.
RAF Saltby
Watch Office for all Commands (© Fred Cubberley)
RAF Saltby airfield
Airfield:
OTU, TCG, HCU
Opened:
08/1942
Closed:
09/1955
Code:
SY
USAAF Station:
538
Runways:
Grass then 3x tarmac
Hangars:
1x - B1, 2x - T2
County:
Leicestershire
Location:
8 miles NE of Melton Mowbray
OS Ref:
SK868265
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