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1975 (© via Bob Stewart)
Spanhoe Lodge airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture, quarry
Tower Type:
Watch Office for All Commands 12779/41, medium front windows to 343/43
Tower:
Demolished - if you have any photographs please let me know!
Other Buildings:
Very few/none?
History:
7/2/44 to 12/4/45, 34th, 43rd, 309th and 310th Troop Carrier Squadrons of the 315th Troop Carrier Group. 5/43, the first C-47 aircraft arrived from North Africa with more following from the 60th TCG and 62nd TCG. 6/6/44, The group took US paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division to Normandy during the invasion and then flew in ammunition and supplies. 9/44, During Operation 'Market' (Garden) the 315th TCG again took paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division along with Polish and British paratroopers into the Drop Zones in Holland. 3/45, The 315th TCG took British Paratroops from Boreham during Operation 'Varsity' and the Group then moved to France only returning 5/45 for training.
7/45 to /47, RAF No. 253 Maintenance Unit here for storage and disposal of war surplus vehicles, airfield then closed.
12/8/60, An RAF 7 Sqn Vickers Valiant crashed on the airfield shortly after take off from Wittering.
2003 (© Bob Stewart)
RAF Station
Airfield:
Operational
Opened:
12/43
Closed:
/45
ID Code:
UY
USAAF Station:
493
Runways:
3 concrete, tarmac
Hangars:
2x - T2
County:
Northampton
Location:
4-1/2 miles E of Uppingham
OS Ref:
SP935970
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Photographs © copyright as stated
Spanhoe Lodge airfield
1990 (© Rick Garside)
2003 (© Bob Stewart)
Spanhoe airfield - 315th TCG -
RAF Spanhoe airfield 315th TCGp + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2006