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1954 (© Peter Davis)
RAF Weston Zoyland airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture
Tower Type:
Watch Office for all Commands 12779/41, small front lower windows to 15371/41
Tower:
Derelict
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
1926, Area first used during summer months by 100 Sqn Horsleys target towing for nearby gunnery range. 1929 renamed Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit until 01/37 when renamed No.1 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit, with Wallace then Horsley aircraft.
11/39, 16 Sqn with Lysanders. 09/40 Became a permanent RAF Station and was the main practice area for Army Co-operation Sqns with Lysanders, Masters, Martinets then Mustangs 05/42.
1943, Airfield was rebuilt with concrete runways. Then used by RAF Transport Command Warwicks until 02/44.
06/44 to 10/44, 303rd, 304th, 305th and 306th Troop Carrier Sqns of the 442nd Troop Carrier Group with C-47s. Moved to Italy for the invasion of Southern France before returning to Weston Zoyland. Then moved to France.
11/44 to 04/45, again used by army co-op Sqns.
Post-war several fighter Sqns here temporarily, airfield on care & maintenance by 1947.

1952 to 1958, Airfield re-opened training aircrews on Meteors, Vampires and Canberras. Airfield retained until 1968 but no flying units.
RAF Weston Zoyland airfield - 442nd Troop Carrier Group -
1990 (© Andrew Ayers)
2002 (© Tech.Sgt. Bill Huntington, US Air Force)
RAF Weston Zoyland airfield
1990 (© Andrew Ayers)
RAF Weston Zoyland airfield - 442nd TCG -
Airfield:
Operational
Opened:
/1926
Closed:
/1969
ID Code:
ZW
USAAF Station:
447
Runways:
grass then 3 concrete with wood chips (also large areas of PSP track)
Hangars:
3x -T2, 1x - Bellman
County:
Somerset
Location:
4 miles SE of Bridgewater
OS Ref:
ST365345
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RAF Weston Zoyland airfield
1954 (© Peter Davis)
RAF Weston Zoyland airfield - 442nd Troop Carrier Group -
Meteor at Weston Zoyland 1955 (© Peter Davis)
Meteor crash at Durston 1955 (© Peter Davis)
Avro Lincoln at Weston Zoyland 1954 (© Peter Davis)
RAF Weston Zoyland airfield - 442nd Troop Carrier Group -
2002 (© Tech.Sgt. Bill Huntington, US Air Force)
RAF Weston Zoyland airfield - 442nd Troop Carrier Group -
RAF Weston Zoyland airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2003 - Weston Zoyland -