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1978 (© Paul Francis)
RAF Fersfield airfield control tower 1944-46 - 388th Bomb Group (H) -
Airfield Today:
Agriculture
Tower Type:
Watch Office for All Commands 12779/41, with smaller front windows to 343/43
Tower:
Demolished
Other Buildings:
Few
History:
Originally called Winfarthing, exact opening date and early history of this airfield not known.
07/1944 to 01/1945, used by the 388th Bombardment Group (Heavy) at Knettishall in the joint USAAF/USN project Aphrodite to use stripped down war weary bombers as explosive packed, radio controlled flying bombs. Pilots would take-off manually and then parachute to safety leaving the bomber under the control of another aircraft and then flown to its target in Europe.
Several missions were flown but then halted when a PB4Y-1 exploded over England killing Lt. Kennedy, the brother of future President Kennedy.
12/1944 to 02/1946, RAF No. 2 Group, various unit sincluding Support Unit, No. 416 RSU, Training Flight, Disbandment Centre, 140, 180, 605 and 613 Squadrons.
RAF Fersfield airfield control tower 1944-46 - 388th Bomb Group (H) -
1983 (© Paul Francis)
1983 (© Ian Woodward)
RAF Fersfield airfield control tower 1944-46 - 388th Bomb Group (H) -
Airfield:
Heavy Bomber airfield
Opened:
/1944
Closed:
02/1946
ID Code:
WF
USAAF Station:
554
Runways:
3x - concrete
Hangars:
2x - T2
County:
Norfolk
Location:
16 miles SW of Norwich
OS Ref:
TM080850
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RAF Fersfield airfield control tower 1944-46 - 388th Bomb Group (H) -
1974 (© Steve Bond)
RAF Fersfield airfield control tower 1944-46 - 388th Bomb Group (H) -
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