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2003 (© John Watts)
RAF Bradwell Bay airfield control tower
Airfield Today:
Agriculture
Tower Type:
Watch Office for Nightfighter Stations 12096/41
Tower:
Now a house
Other Buildings:
Many
History:
First used pre-war as a grass landing ground for the nearby air-to-ground firing range. 1940, developed as a fighter satellite landing ground.
02/1941 to 11/1941, Airfield rebuilt with surfaced runways and hangars added.
04/1942 to 03/1943, Reopened with No. 418 (Cananda) Squadron Bostons from Debden on intruder raids over Europe. Also used for refuelling fighters and by many other aircraft returning from operations.
09/1942 to 12/1942, No. 23 Squadron Mosquitos.
05/1943 to 09/1943, 29 Sq
uadron Mosquito nightfighters.
03/1943 to 05/1943, 157 Sq
uadron Mosquitos.
06/1943 to 07/1943, 247 Sq
uadron Typhoons from Gravesend.
08/1943 to , 56 Sq
uadron Typhoons.
08/1943 to , 198 Sq
uadron Typhoons.
09/1943 to 05/1944, 488 and 605 Sq
uadrons.
04/1944 to , 219 Sq
uadron.
04/1944 to 09/1944, 278 Sq
uadron Air Sea Rescue.
04/1944 to 07/1944, 124 Sq
uadron Spitfires.
08/1944 to 12/1944, Bradwell Bay fighter Wing formed comprising 64, 126 and 611 Spitfire IX Sq
uadrons. 611 left 10/1944 Wing reformed with 310, 312, 313 (Polish) Sqnuadros, moved to Manston 02/1945.
09/1944 to 03/1945, 501 Sq
uadron Tempests here intercepting V-1 flying bombs.
03/1945 to , 151 Sq
uadron Mosquito nightfighters.
06/1945 to 09/1945, 287 Army Co-op Sq
uadron with Beaufighter, Oxford and Spitfires, moved to West Malling.
RAF Bradwell Bay airfield control tower
2003 (© John Watts)
RAF Bradwell Bay airfield control tower
Airfield:
Operational Fighter
Opened:
/1941
Closed:
/1946
ID Code:
RB
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
3x - concrete, tarmac
Hangars:
1x - Bellman, 12x - Blister
County:
Essex
Location:
6 miles NE of Southminster
OS Ref:
TM005082
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RAF Bradwell Bay airfield control tower
Station HQ behind the control tower
2003 (© John Watts)
RAF Bradwell Bay airfield control tower
2010 (© Patrick Matten)
RAF Bradwell Bay airfield control tower
1985 (© Aldon P. Ferguson)
RAF Bradwell Bay airfield control tower
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