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Post-war Control Tower 2548c/55 1979 (© Aldon P. Ferguson)
RAF Cottesmore airfield control tower
Airfield Today:
Army: Kendrew Barracks
Tower Type:
1. Watch Office with Tower (Fort type) 207/36 (concrete)
2. Control Tower 2548c/55, Vertical Split Control Type, now extended
1. Demolished
2. In use
Other Buildings:
Not known
04/1938 to 04/1939, No. 35 and 207 Squadrons from Worthy Down with Vickers Wellesley bombers replaced by Fairey Battles, moved to Cranfield.
09/1939 to 10/1939, No. 106 Squadron Hampdens from Thornaby, moved to Finningley.
08/1940 to 08/1943, No. 185 Squadron, became No. 14 Operational Training Unit with
with Hampdens and in 1942 Wellingtons, moved to Market Harborough.
08/1943, Airfield closed for rebuilding with three concrete runways.
08/09/1943 to , Airfield transferred to USAAF, H.Q. IX Troop Carrier Command formed here.
15/02/1944 to 05/1945, 36th, 37th, 44th and 45th Troop Carrier Squadrons of the 316th Troop Carrier Group moved here from Sicily with C-47 Skytrain and C-53 Skytrooper transports. 316th TCG flew troops and supplies to Europe including taking 1st and 3rd Battalions of the 82nd Airborne to Normandy on D-Day and also took part in the airborne operations over Holland and the Rhine crossing.
01/07/1945, Airfield returned to RAF control and used by a variety of Squadrons and aircraft including English Electric Canberras 1954-55.
02/1955 to 03/1958, Airfield rebuilt as a V bomber airfield with extended runways. 1958 to 1969, Home to Handley Page Victors and Avro Vulcans of the V Force.

1980 to 1999, Tri-national Tornado Training Establishment training British, German and Italian pilots and navigators.
2000 to 2011, Joint Force Harrier combining Fleet Air Arm and RAF Harriers based here until final airfield closure.
10/2012, Site now Kendrew Barracks.
RAF Cottesmore airfield control tower
Fort Type Watch Office at Cottesmore - anyone have a photograph? 1938 (© Robert Truman)
RAF Cottesmore airfield control tower
Operational, Army Barracks
USAAF Station No:
ID Code:
1944: CT
3x - tarmac
4x - C Type, 1x - T2
5 miles NE of Oakham
OS Ref:
All photos copyright © as stated
RAF Cottesmore airfield control tower
Avro Vulcan 'V Bombers' were based at RAF Cottesmore in the 1960s
RAF Cottesmore airfield control tower
2010 (© Aldon P. Ferguson)
RAF Cottesmore airfield control tower
RAF Cottesmore airfield control tower WW2 = © robert truman - 2017 -