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Glatton tower 31/03/1945 (© 457th BG, USAAF via Simon Dunham)
RAF Glatton airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture, private airfield
Tower Type:
Watch Office for All Commands 12779/41 with medium front windows to 343/43 and rooftop Visual Control Room
Tower:
Original tower demolished and replaced with modern tower/clubhouse
Other Buildings:
Very few
History:
01/44 to 06/45, 748th, 749th, 750th and 751st Bombardment Squadrons of the 457th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 'Fait Accompli', from the USA with B-17G Flying Fortress bombers, flew 237 missions losing 83 B-17s in action, final mission flown 20/04/45.
06/45 to 04/46, No. 3 Group Bomber Command with Lancasters and Liberators flying to the Middle East.
07/45 to 09/47, Used by 273 Maintenance Unit, airfield sold 1948.
Gatton airfield - 457th Bomb Group -
Early view of Glatton tower 1944 (© 457th BG, USAAF via Mark Brotherton)
April 1945 (© 457th BG, USAAF)
Later view of Glatton tower with the rooftop VCR 1944 (© 457th BG, USAAF via Mark Brotherton)
Glatton tower on VE Day 06/1945 (© 457th BG, USAAF via Mark Brotherton)
Gatton airfield - 457th Bomb Group -
Airfield:
Operational Bomber
Opened:
/1943
Closed:
/1946
ID Code:
GT
USAAF Station:
130
Runways:
3x - tarmac and wood chips
Hangars:
2x - T2
County:
Huntingdonshire
Location:
10 miles N of Huntingdon
OS Ref:
TL186868
Links:
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Photographs copyright © as stated
RAF Gatton airfield - 457th Bomb Group -
The modern replacement control tower/clubhouse 2001 (© Robert Truman)
Glatton airfield 1943-46 - 457th Bomb Group -
Triangle 'U' coded early B-17(E?) of the 457th BG - but that tower is NOT at Glatton, anyone know where the photo was taken? 1940s (© USAAF, via Harry Holmes)
Glatton airfield 1943-46 - 457th Bomb Group -
RAF Glatton 457 BG airport + air control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2006 - Glatton -
457th Bomb Group