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1955 (© via Steve Ward)
RAF Middle Wallop - Battle of Britain airfield
Airfield Today:
Army Air Corps Centre, Museum of Army Flying
Tower Type:
Watch Office with Met Section 2328/39 with post-war VCR to 5871c/55
Tower:
Army Air Corps Air Traffic Control
Other Buildings:
Many
History:
04/40 to 10/43, Construction started in 1938, first used by No.15 SFTS then Hurricanes, Spitfires and Blenheims after the fall of France, before the airfield was fully complete. Airfield attacked several times during the Battle of Britain with many casualties and the destruction of a hangar and aircraft. Over 30 RAF fighter and fighter-recce Squadrons based here including 604 Sqn AI equipped Beaufighter nightfighters flown by Sqn Ldr John Cunningham.
11/43 to 07/44, HQ of IX Fighter Command established here.
11/43 to 07/44, 107th and 109th Tactical Recconaissance Squadrons of the 67th Tactical
Recconaissance Group with Spitfires and Mustangs from Membury. 67th TRG was the oldest combat group of the IX USAAF and 06/44, was the first to receive a Distinguished Unit Citation. 03/44, 12th TRS moved here from Greenham Common and the 15th TRS from Aldermanston.
05/44, 30th Photographic Squadron of the 10th Photographic Reconnaissance Group with F-5 Lightnings from Chalgrove.
06/44, 15th TRS moved to Chalgrove and 107th TRS moved to Normandy.
06/44, 109th TRS renamed 9th Weather R
ecconaissance Squadron (Provisional).
07/44 to 01/45, Airfield used by 418 Sqn Mosquito nightfighters and No. 3501 Servicing Unit and Pilot Replacement Pool from Cranfield.
02/45 to 10/45, HQ Mobile Naval Airfield Organisation aircraft repair and servicing unit moved here from Ludham transferring the title HMS Flycatcher.
06/45 to 04/46, Naval Air Radio Installation Development and Fitting Unit.
11/45 to 04/46, No. 700 Maintenance Test Pilot Training Sqn from Worthy Down with Avenger, Barracuda, Firebrand, Firefly, Hellcat, Seafire and Wildcat, moved to Yeovilton.
04/46 to 12/47, 164 Sqn Spitfires, renumbered 63 Sqn.
01/48, Used by 227 OCU, an Army AOP training unit, 05/50 renamed Air Observation Post School and 4/52 Light Aircraft School.
05/53 to /57, 288 Sqn with Balliols.
03/54, Development Flight (CFS) with helicopters formed and /55 Joint Experimental Helicopter Unit. 01/09/57, Army Air Corps formed and the airfield transferred to the Army and has since then has been home to the Army Air Corps Centre.
RAF Middle Wallop - Battle of Britain airfield
1984 (© Anthony Marra)
RAF Station - RN HMS Flycatcher MONAB
Airfield:
Operational Fighter, Army Air Corps
Opened:
4/1940
Closed:
N/A
Code:
MW
USAAF Station:
449
Runways:
Grass with concrete perimeter track, 1942 - 2x Sommerfield track steel mat
Hangars:
16x - Blister, 5x - C Type
County:
Hampshire
Location:
6 miles SW of Andover
OS Ref:
SU303385
Links:
Museum of Army Flying www.
©:
Photographs copyright © as stated
RAF Middle Wallop - Battle of Britain airfield
2001 (© Robert Truman)
RAF Middle Wallop airfield - 67th TRG -
RAF Middle Wallop airfield and control tower - www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2002 - Middle Wallop -