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1981 (© Paul Francis)
RAF Mepal airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture, industry
Tower Type:
Watch Office for all Commands 12779/41, medium front windows to 343/43
Tower:
Demolished 1988
Other Buildings:
Very few
History:
06/43 to 07/45, No. 75 'New Zealand' Squadron with Short Stirlings from Newmarket, 03/44, re-equipped with Lancasters. 75 Sqn flew 8,017 sorties (the highest total for the whole of RAF Bomber Command) on 739 operations, losing a total of 193 aircraft (the second highest loss rate), moved to Spilsby.
07/45 to 08/45, 44 Sqn Lancasters from Spilsby, moved to Mildenhall.
07/45 to 06/46, 7 Sqn Lancasters from Oakington, moved to Upwood.
08/45 to 07/46, 49 Sqn Lancasters from Syerston, moved to Upwood. Airfield then closed and no further flying units based at Mepal.
07/59 to 07/63, No. 113 Strategic Missile Squadron with Thor missiles, the airfield was then sold.
RAF Mepal airfield
No. 75 Squadron memorial 1982 (© Ian Woodward)
1981 (© Paul Francis)
RAF Mepal airfield
Airfield:
Operational bomber
Opened:
06/1943
Closed:
07/1963
Code:
MP
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
3x - concrete, tarmac
Hangars:
1x - B1, 2x - T2
County:
Cambridgeshire
Location:
6 miles W of Ely
OS Ref:
TL445796
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RAF Mepal airfield
1988 (© Fred Cubberely)
RAF Mepal airfield
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