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1950s (© Arthur Pearcy, via Michael Humphrey)
RAF Bovingdon airfield
1956 (© Steve Bond)
1999 (© Robert Truman)
2004 (© Robert Truman)
RAF Bovingdon airfield
Airfield Today:
HM Prison 'The Mount' (restricted entry!) built on technical site and hangar area. Rest of airfield used for agriculture, landfill and runways used for Saturday market
Tower Type:
Watch Office with Met Section 518/40 (8936/40), with extended front and extra observation post on roof
Tower:
Demolished 2010
Other Buildings:
Apart from tower and runways nothing appears to remain
History:
Originally built as an RAF Bomber Station.
8/42 to 1/43, 325th, 326th, 327th and 407th Bombardment Squadrons of the 92nd Bombardment Group (Heavy) 'Fames Favored Few' with B-17 Flying Fortress, moved to Alconbury.
4/43 to 4/46 transferred to USAAF Command, became a B-17 operational training base, B-17 Combat Crew Replacement Centre (CCRC), 11th CCRC, and 8th USAAF HQ Squadron.
Several
film stars served here including Clark Gable, James Stewart and William Holden. Among famous wartime visitors were Bob Hope, Frances Langford, Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt, General Eisenhower and Glenn Miller.
04/46 to 05/51 RAF resumed control.
05/51 to 1962, the USAF took over with B-26, B-29 and B-50's.
'The War Lover', '633 Squadron', 'Mosquito Squadron' and 'Hannover Street' were filmed here in the along with several TV episodes of 'The Avengers' and 'Blakes 7'. The USAF left in 1962, flying ceased 1969 and all MOD property was sold off by 1976.
RAF Bovingdon airfield
1961 How low was that B-17 in 'The War Lover'?! (© William E. Schneider) More
1972 (© Steve Bond)
1984 (© Mark Church)
1999 More
RAF Bovingdon airfield
Airfield:
Operational, CCRC
Opened:
15/06/1942
Closed:
1972
Airfield ID Code:
1940's: BV, BZ
1956: ZZ
USAAF Station:
112
Runways:
3x - concrete/tarmac
Hangars:
2x - T2
County:
Hertfordshire
Location:
7 miles west of Watford
OS Ref:
TL005045
Links:
Bovingdon village www.bovingdon.org
©:
Photographs © copyright as stated
RAF Bovingdon airfield
1984 (© Paul Field)
June 1962 Mosquito lands during filming of '633 Squadron' (© Peter Jones)
RAF Bovingdon airfield
Bovingdon Links:
Home Page
2006
1999-2001
'633 Squadron'
'The War Lover'
Photos
RAF Bovingdon airfield +control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2003 - Bovingdon -