IN REACH OF THE SKIES

RATTLESDEN

THOLTHORPE

LAVENHAM

MANSTON

RIDGEWELL

SUDBURY

MENDLESHAM

DOWNHAM MARKET

BRENZETT ALG

ALNESS POINT

THORPE ABBOTTS

Toured some former USAAF bases in East Anglia in September 2011 with a good friend. Rattlesden still has a runway in use for a local glider club and a restored control tower. Some hangers and outbuildings are also still present and whilst some parts are in use others are in a state of disrepair.

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An RAF bomber field in N. Yorkhire that I visited many years ago. The field had returned to farming and the tower was converted to a private dwelling although we were allowed up on the roof.

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Lavenham was a USAAF base for a couple of years from 1943. Now home to a nicely restored control tower, a few outbuildings and crumbling peritrack also remain.

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My local airfield. A frontline base during the Battle of Britain but little evidence of this now. Closed by Ann Gloag and now scheduled to becom an industrial estate.

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Another part of our 2011 tour of East Anglia. We restricted our visit to the well kept memorial just off the main road where there are also a couple of former nissen huts still in use as stores.

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Another part of our East Anglia tour. Most of the airfield has now returned to farming although there was a hangar in the distance. Some of the peri track remains together with a memorial which is at the entrance to a small industrial area.

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Although used by micro lights nothing significant remains of this Suffolk airfield today having returned to farming and industrial use and there was no obvious access point. The field was used by the USAAF from 1944, having been vacated by the RAF, and was home to the 34th bombardment group. A memorial is maintained on part of the field adjacent to the A140.

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Thorpe Abbotts, in East Anglia, was home to the 100th bomb group. It now houses the 100th bomb group museum but some original structures still exist although there are no longer any flying activities.

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An RAF base in Norfolk that was primarily home to various bomber squadrons in WWII. Very little left today as most of the runways were lifted as hardcore for the A10.

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Like a majority of fileds in Kent in WWII Brenzett was an Advanced Landing Ground for the support of the invasion of France being home to Mustangs of 315 squadron. Long since returned to agriculture it now houses a museum with a nice memorial.

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Not an airfield as such, Alness, near Invergordon, was a seaplane base during WWII. From 1946 it was home to marine craft this activity lasting until 1986. Now a business park the only remains are some of the concrete hardstandings and the slipway. An impressive monument has also been erected.

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