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1944 (© USAAF)
Leiston airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture
Tower Type:
Watch Office for all Commands 12779/41, front window size reduced to 343/43
Tower:
Demolished
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
11/43 to 1/44, 358th Fighter Group with P-47 Thunderbolts from Goxhill, flew 17 combat missions before transferring to the 9th USAAF at Raydon.
1/44 to 7/45, 362nd, 363rd and 364th Fighter Squadrons of the 357th Fighter Group 'The Yoxford Boys', 'Fighters for Victory', the first P-51 Mustang equipped unit of the 8th Air Force, moved here from Raydon. 11/2/44, First P-51B mission flown to Rouen. Flew 313 missions and pilots included Bud Anderson, Kit Carson and Chuck Yeager, moved to Germany as part of the Allied occupation forces.
10/45 to /53, became No. 18 Recruit Centre, Technical Training Command, airfield sold 1965.
P-51K Mustang 'Nooky Booky IV' flown by Major Carson of the 362nd FS, 357th FG 1945 (© USAAF)
RAF and USAAF Station
Airfield:
Operational fighter
Opened:
1943
Closed:
1953
ID Code:
LI
USAAF Station:
373
Runways:
3 concrete, tarmac
Hangars:
2x - T2, 8x - Blister
County:
Suffolk
Location:
3 miles E of Saxmundham
OS Ref:
TM430645
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All photographs copyright © as stated
Inside the control tower 1944 (© USAAF via Peter Randall)
1944 (© USAAF via Tim Clarke)
 
Leiston control tower post-war date unknown (© via Peter Randall)
1975 (© Robin Taylor)
RAF Leiston airfield 1943-53
RAF Leiston airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2006