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2003 (© John Watts)
RAF Bradwell Bay airfield
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.
02/41 to 11/41, Airfield rebuilt with surfaced runways and hangars added.
04/42 to 03/43, Reopened with 418 (Cananda) Sqn Bostons from Debden on intruder raids over Europe. Also used for refuelling fighters and by many other aircraft returning from operations.
09/42 to 12/42, 23 Sqn Mosquitos.
05/43 to 09/43, 29 Sqn Mosquito nightfighters.
03/43 to 05/43, 157 Sqn Mosquitos.
06/43 to 07/43, 247 Sqn Typhoons from Gravesend.
08/43 to , 56 Sqn Typhoons.
08/43 to , 198 Sqn Typhoons.
09/43 to 05/44, 488 and 605 Sqns.
04/44 to , 219 Sqn.
04/44 to 09/44, 278 Sqn Air Sea Rescue.
04/44 to 07/44, 124 Sqn Spitfires.
08/44 to 12/44, Bradwell Bay fighter Wing formed comprising 64, 126 and 611 Spitfire IX Sqns. 611 left 10/44 Wing reformed with 310, 312, 313 (Polish) Sqns, moved to Manston 2/45.
09/44 to 03/45, 501 Sqn Tempests here intercepting V-1 flying bombs.
03/45 to , 151 Sqn Mosquito nightfighters.
06/45 to 09/45, 287 Army Co-op Sqn with Beaufighter, Oxford and Spitfires, moved to West Malling.
RAF Bradwell Bay airfield
RAF Bradwell Bay airfield
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
Station HQ behind the control tower
2003 (© John Watts)
RAF Bradwell Bay airfield
Bradwell Bay airfield +control tower : www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2003