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The original RAF Watch Office at Bodney c.1943 (© USAAF via Peter Randall)
RAF Bodney airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture
Tower Type:
1. Watch Office with Ops room for Bomber Satellite Stations, 15898/40
2. Watch Office for All Commands, 343/43
Tower:
1. Demolished
2. Derelict, this control tower was repaired after being hit by a P-51D on D-Day
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
03/1940 to 05/1943, opened as a satellite to Watton. RAF Bomber Command Squadrons 21, 82 and 105 based here for short time.
05/1941, No.90 Squadron, first RAF Squadron to fly the new Boeing Fortress Mk1s on operations.
05/1943, Transferred to 8th USAAF.
07/1943 to
02/1945 and 04/1945 to 11/1945, 328th, 486th and 487th Fighter Squadrons of the 352nd Fighter Group 'The Blue Nosed Bastards of Bodney' with P-47D Thunderbolts, started operations 09/1943, converted to P-51D Mustang 04/1944. Major George Preddy, the 8th USAAF top scoring P-51 ace (27 victories) was based here until his death by 'friendly' US A.A. fire on Christmas day 1944. 12/1944 to 04/1945, Group was temporarily based in Belgium. Lost 118 aircraft in combat, claimed 519 air and 287 ground kills. 352nd FG awarded Distinguished Unit Citation 08/04/1944 for Brunswick escort mission, 487th FS awarded DUC 01/01/1945 for the destruction of 23 enemy aircraft, the only 8th AAF Squadron to be independently awarded a DUC.
11/1945, Group left for the USA and the station closed.
RAF Bodney airfield
c.1943 (© USAAF via Russell Abbey)
Bodney airfield 1940-45 - 352nd FG -
Rear view of Bodney's first Watch Office c.1944 (© USAAF via Adam Smith)
Bodney airfield 1940-45 - 352nd FG -
Top, the second control tower 06/45 (© 352nd FG, USAAF via P. Randall), 2002 (© M. Brotherton)
In the pre-dawn darkness of D-Day, Lt. Robert Frascotti was killed when his P-51 Mustang collided with the control tower on take-off
RAF and USAAF Station
Airfield:
Operational Fighter
Opened:
03/1940
Closed:
11/1945
ID Code:
BO
USAAF Station:
141
Runways:
3x - grass, steel mat laid by USAF 1943
Hangars:
2x - T2, 5x - Blister
County:
Norfolk
Location:
4-1/2 miles west of Watton
OS Ref:
TL840995
Links:
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Photographs © copyright as stated
Bodney airfield
352nd FG memorial 1993 (© Steve Bond)
1969 (© Steve Bond)
Bodney airfield 1940-45 - 352nd FG -
2002 (© Rob Pritchard)
RAF Bodney airfield 1940-45 - 352nd FG -
RAF Bodney, 352nd FG, airfield & control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2002
- Bodney, 352nd FG - updated 01/04/2014 -