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War Weary P-51 Mustang 324806 from the 384th FS at Honington 15/07/1945 (© USAAF)
The second control tower can be seen in the background
RAF Honington airfield
Airfield Today:
RAF Station
Tower Types:
1. Watch Office with Tower (Fort type) 207/36, concrete
2. Watch Office for all Commands 343/43
3. Control Tower 2548c/55W
Tower:
1. Demolished
2. Not known
3. Not known
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
07/1937 to /1938, No. 77 Squadron with Audax and Wellesley, 102 Squadron with Heyford bombers, moved to Driffield.
07/1938 to 07/1939, 75 Squadron with Harrow then Wellington bombers, moved to Stradishall.
07/1938 to 09/1939, 215 Squadron with
Harrow then Wellington bombers, moved to Bassingbourn.
07/1939 to 09/1942, IX Squadron with Wellington bombers. 4/9/1939, they flew the first RAF bombing raid of WW2 against the Kriegsmarine in the Baltic resulting in the loss of two Wellingtons. No. 9 Sqn lost 79 Wellingtons flying from Honington before moving to Waddington.
07/1940 to 11/1940, No. 311 (Czech) Sqn formed here with Wellingtons, moved to East Wretham.

06/1942, the airfield was transferred to the USAAF and was upgraded to a Class A bomber base.
09/1942 to 02/1946, VIII Air Service Command set up an Air Depot to service and repair B-17's, became 1st Strategic Air Depot. Built to the west of the main airfield it was called Troston and was the last USAAF station to be returned to the RAF.
02/1944 to 11/1945, 383rd, 384th and 385th Fighter Squadrons of the 364th Fighter Group with P-38 Lightning then P-51 Mustang fighters.
02/1946 to /1949, became a major servicing centre for RAF Transport Command aircraft. Transferred to RAF Bomber Command /1949 then 03/1950 to 09/1956 transferred to Maintenance Command for bomb storage. The airfield was upgraded during this time to include a 9,000' concrete runway.
02/1955 to /1957, 10, XV, 44 and 57 Squadrons with EE Canberra bombers, 10 and XV Squadrons took part in the 'Suez Crisis' of 1956.
11/1956 to /1965, became a major airfield for Squadrons of the 'V-Force' with Valiant and Victor bombers of 7, 55, 57, 90 and 199 Squadrons. /1965 to /1969 airfield was disused.
10/1969 to 10/1984, became a shore base for Strike Command Buccaneer Squadrons including 12, 208, 216, 237 OCU and Navy 809 Squadrons.
06/1982 to 02/1994, BAC Tornado bombers of IX, XV and 13 Squadrons, airfield then transferred to the RAF Regiment.
RAF Honington airfield - 364th Fighter Group - Troston 1 SAD
B-17G Flying Fortress '5 Grand' serial no. 337716 of the 303rd BG at Honington, note damaged props c.1945 (© via Russell Abbey)
The second control tower in 1999 (© John Nicholls)
RAF Honington airfield - 364th Fighter Group - Troston 1st SAD
Airfield:
Operational bomber, fighter, Air Depot
Opened:
5/1937
Closed:
N/A
ID Code:
HT
USAAF Station:
Honington - 375, Troston - 595
Runways:
2x Grass, steel plank laid 1942, concrete
Hangars:
Honington 4x - C Type, 9x - Blister, Troston 1x - T2
County:
Suffolk
Location:
6 miles S of Thetford
OS Ref:
TL891754
Links:
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Photographs © copyright as stated
RAF Honington airfield - 364th Fighter Group - Troston 1st SAD
The post-war tower 2003 (© Mark Brotherton)
The 1936 Watch Office can just be seen in the background with the water tower 1945 (© USAAF)
A distant view of the first tower 1943 (© USAAF)
RAF Honington airfield - 364th Fighter Group - Troston, 1st SAD
RAF Honington airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2006 - Honington - Troston Air Depot -