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1966 (© Harry Holmes)
RAF Polebrook airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture
Tower Type:
Watch Office with Met Section 518/40, later circular addition to roof
Tower:
Demolished 1970s
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
06/41 to 02/42, 90 Sqn testing the RAF's B-17 Flying Fortress.
05/42 to 10/42, 97th Bombardment Group (Heavy) with B-17 Flying Fortress. 17/08/42 flew the first 8th USAAF heavy bomber mission to Rouen marshalling yards, transferred to the 12th USAAF in N. Africa.
04/43 to 07/45, 508th, 509th, 510th and 511th Bombardment Squadrons of the 351st BG (H) with the B-17 Flying Fortress, flew 311 missions.
07/43 to 09/43, Major Clark Gable was here during the filming of the colour documentary 'Combat America' wwhich includes some good footage of the airfield and control tower.
10/7/45 to /47, 273 MU and 3 Ferry Pool, closed 10/48.
12/59 to 8/63 Thor missile site until final closure.
RAF Polebrook - 97th BG - 351st BG
(© Paul Francis)
RAF Polebrook airfield - 97th BG - 351st BG
Airfield:
Operational Bomber
Opened:
/1941
Closed:
/1963
ID Code:
PK
USAAF Station:
110
Runways:
3x - concrete, tarmac
Hangars:
1x - T1, 1x - J1
County:
Northamptonshire
Location:
3 miles SE of Oundle
OS Ref:
TL093863
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Photographs © copyright as stated
RAF Polebrook airfield - 97th BG - 351st BG
1945 (© 351st BG, USAAF)
1977 (© Ian Woodward)
RAF Polebrook airfield - 97th BG - 351st BG
RAF Poolebrook, 97th BG, 351st BG, airfield + control tower 351st BG = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2002