Great Dunmow
site map
airfield listing
usaaf listing
contact me
General Eisenhower on the control tower balcony during a visit to Great Dunmow
11/04/1944
(© 386th Bomb Group, USAAF, via Simon Dunham)
RAF Great Dunmow airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture
Tower Type:
Watch Office for All Commands 12779/41 with smaller front windows to 343/43
Tower:
Demolished 1966 - if you have any photos of the tower please let me know!
Other Buildings:
Very few
History:
Class A bomber airfield, built 1942-3 by the US Army 818th Engineer Battalion (Aviation), opened 01/07/43.
24/09/43 to 02/10/44, 552nd, 553rd, 554th and 555th Bombardment Squadrons of the 386th Bombardment Group moved here from Boxted with B-26 Marauders. 16/10/43 Transferred from the 8th USAAF to the 9th USAAF. The 386th Bomb Group flew 28 missions from Boxted and another 257 from Great Dunmow before moving to France, 02/10/44.
10/44 to 12/45, 190 and 260 Sqns with Stirling bombers, converted to Halifax post-war. 12/45, 190 Sqn disbanded and 260 moved to Palestine. Airfield then used for storage of army vehicles until 1948.
RAF Great Dunmow - 386th Bomb Group -
B-26 Marauder 'Hell's -a- Poppin II' during a visit to Hardwick 1944 (© Montie Guthrie Jr)
B-26B-35-MA ' Hell's-a-Poppin II '
555th Bombardment Squadron, 386th Bombardment Group, 99th Bombardment Wing
Serial 41-31987, code YA-G, horizontal yellow tail stripe
 
RAF Great Dunmow - 386th Bomb Group -
Airfield:
Operational Bomber
Opened:
01/07/1943
Closed:
/1948
ID Code:
GD
USAAF Station:
164
Runways:
3x - concrete, wood chips
Hangars:
1x - Blister, 2x - T2
County:
Essex
Location:
6 miles E of Bishops Stortford
OS Ref:
TL592235
Links:
©:
Photographs © copyright as stated
RAF Great Dunmow - 386th Bomb Group -
Starboard nose artwork of B-26 Marauder 'Hells a Poppin II' 1944 (© Montie Guthrie Jr)
RAF Great Dunmow - 386th Bomb Group -
RAF Great Dunmow 386th BG airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2002 - Great Dunmow -