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28/09/1944 (© 303rd BG, USAAF)
Molesworth Photopage
Bob's Photopage!
RAF Molesworth airfield
Airfield Today:
Not known
Tower Type:
1. Watch Office with Met Section 518/40
2. Post-war temporary USAF Tower 1954-58
3. Later USAF multi-storey Tower. Not used for Air Traffic Control
Tower:
1. Demolished during USAF rebuilding 1951-54
2. Demolished
3. Not known
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
15/11/41 to 04/01/42, 460 Sqn RAAF formed here with Wellingtons.
02/01/42 to 02/42, 159 Sqn formed here with Liberators.
02/42 Airfield transferred to USAAF and runways extended, 05/42 First US units arrived.
06/42 to 10/09/42, 5th Photographic Reconnaissance Sqn.
09/06/42 to 13/09/42, 15th Bombardment Group with Douglas A20s, first mission 29/06/42 to Hazebrouck. Re-equipped with B-17's 8/42. Completed the first USAAF mission from the UK.
12/09/42 to 06/45, 358th, 359th, 360th and 427th Bombardment Squadrons of the 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) 'Hells Angels' (Might in Flight) with B-17s. First mission 17/11/42 to St Nazaire, the Group went on to complete 364 missions. B-17F 'Hells Angels' of the 358th BS was the first to complete 25 missions. 'Knockout Dropper' of the 359th BS was the first to complete 75 missions. Final Group mission 25/4/45 before moving to North Africa. Eighth's highest score of 364 missions completed.
01/07/45 to 10/08/45, 441 and 442 Canadian Sqns with Mustangs.
27/07/45, 1335 Conversion Unit with Meteors.
07/09/45 to 28/06/46, 19 Sqn with Mustangs, then Spitfires.
09/11/46 to 03/12/46, 129 Sqn with Spitfires.
10/45 to 11/12/45, 222 Squadron with Meteors.

Station placed on Care and Maintenance 10/46.
07/51 Re-opened for USAF and new runway built, opened to flying 02/54.
02/54 to 25/10/56, 582nd Air Re-supply Group with B-29s, C-119Cs and Grumman amphibians.
25/10/56 to 31/05/57, 582nd ARG renamed 42nd Troop Carrier Sqn (Medium) with C-119Cs and C-47s. 1956, 47th Bomb Wing B-45s here briefly.
Flying ceased 1958, then became supply depot and reserve airfield.
RAF Molesworth - 5th PRS - 15th Bomb Group - 303rd Bomb Group -
Foreground, 359th BS B-17G #42-97284 'Ain't Misbehavin' aka 'Ain't Miss Bea Haven' (BN-S)
1944 (© Milton Cantor, via Gary Moncur, 303rd BG)
1954-1958 The second control tower at Molesworth
1955 Temporary USAF control tower (© Bob Stewart)
1956 Temporary USAF control tower
B-45 taxies past the control tower
Interior of the tower
1956 (© Glenn Wittge)
RAF Molesworth airfield
Airfield:
Operational Bomber
Opened:
15/05/1941
Closed:
199?
ID Code:
MX
USAAF Station:
107
Runways:
3x - concrete, tarmac
Hangars:
1x - J, 2x - T2
County:
Huntingdonshire
Location:
10-1/2 miles NW of Huntingdon
OS Ref:
TL078774
Links:
303rd BG Association: www.303rdbga.com
©: All photos © as stated
RAF Molesworth
1973 (© Steve Bond, Milton Keynes Aviation Society)
RAF Molesworth - 5th PRS - 15th Bomb Group - 303rd Bomb Group -
RAF Molesworth airfield, 303 BG, control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2003 - Molesworth -