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1945 (© 8th USAAF)
RAF Steeple Morden airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture
Tower Type:
Watch Office for Bomber Satellite and OTU's 13726/41
Tower:
Demolished
Other Buildings:
Very few, memorial near site of control tower
History:
/1940 to /09/1942, grass dispersal airfield used by No. 11 Operational Training Unit with Vickers Wellingtons from Bassingbourn.
/10/1942 to /12/1942, 5th, 12th, 13th and 14th Photographic Squadrons and 15th Photographic Mapping Squadron of the 3rd Photographic Group. 13th and 14th PS were detached to Membury and the rest of the Group moved to NW Africa.
/01/1943 to /05/1943, No. 17 OTU with Blenheims.
/07/1943 to /07/1945, 354th, 357th and 358th Fighter Squadrons of the 355th Fighter Group 'The Steeple Morden Strafers' with P-47 Thunderbolts then P-51 Mustangs, moved to Germany at the end of the war. Lost 175 aircraft in action, claimed 365 air and 502 ground kills - the highest score of enemy aircraft destroyed on the ground by an 8th USAAF Fighter Group.
/07/1945 to /11/1945, 334th, 335th and 336th Fighter Squadrons of the 4th Fighter Group 'The Eagles' from Debden, returned to the USA 04/11/1945 to 10/11/1945 on the Queen Mary.
/09/1946, Airfield closed and sold in 1961.
RAF Steeple Morden airfield - 3rd PRG - 355th FG - 4th FG -
Inside the control tower 1944-45 (© 8th USAAF via Ian Warren)
RAF Steeple Morden - 3rd PRG - 355th FG - 4th FG -
Airfield:
OTU, Operational
Opened:
/1940
Closed:
/1946
ID Code:
KR
USAAF Station:
122
Runways:
3x - concrete and wood chips
Hangars:
1x - T2, 9x - Blister
County:
Cambridge
Location:
3-1/2 miles W of Royston
OS Ref:
TL300420
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RAF Steeple Morden - 3rd PRG - 355th FG - 4th FG -
1944 (© 8th USAAF via Ian Warren)
RAF Steeple Morden airfield 1940-46 - 4th Fighter Group - 355th Fighter Group -
Steeple Morden airfield and control tower 1944-45 (© 8th USAAF)
RAF Steeple Morden airfield 1940-46 - 4th Fighter Group - 355th Fighter Group -
RAF Steeple Morden airfield + control tower 355th FG - 4th FG = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2006 -
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