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Lancasters over Bottisham 3/3/1944 (© 361st FG, USAAF via Mark Brotherton)
RAF Bottisham airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture
Tower Type:
Watch Office for all Commands 15371/41, with rooftop visual control room
Tower:
Demolished 1948
Other Buildings:
None
History:
03/40 to 10/40, First used by bomb-armed Tiger Moths transferred from 22 EFTS to be prepared for possible anti-invasion duties. Then used by 22 EFTS Tiger Moths as an RLG until /41
14/07/41 to 05/42, Airfield transferred to 241 Sqn Army Co-operation Command with Lysanders, Tomahawks, Mustang I's, moved to Ayr.
15/06/42 to /42, Used by 652 and 168 Squadrons.
11/43 to 09/44, 374th, 375th and 376th Fighter Squadrons of the 361st Fighter Group 'The Yellow Jackets' 21/1/44, first combat mission with P-47 Thunderbolts, re-equipped with P-51D Mustangs 05/44, moved to Little Walden.
/45 to 01/05/46, Used temporarily by Belgian airmen until closure.
RAF Bottisham airfield
Presentation of DFC's and Air Medals to 361st FG pilots 1944 (© USAAF via Mark Brotherton)
RAF Bottisham airfield
Airfield:
Operational Fighter
Opened:
1940
Closed:
01/05/46
ID Code:
IM
USAAF Station:
374
Runways:
Grass then, 2x - Sommerfield track steel matting
Hangars:
1x - T2, 8x - Blister
County:
Cambridgeshire
Location:
5 miles E of Cambridge, S of Bottisham village
OS Ref:
TL540592
Links:
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