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VE Day 1945 (© USAAF via Scott Burris, 381st.org)
Ridgewell airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture, gliding
Tower Type:
Watch Office for All Commands 12779/41 with medium size lower front windows 343/43
Tower:
Demolished in the 1970s
Other Buildings:
Very few
History:
12/42 to 05/43, RAF 90 Squadron with Stirlings.
06/43 to 06/45, 532nd, 533rd, 534th and 535th Bombardment Squadrons of the 381st Bombardment Group (Heavy) 'Triumphant We Fly' equipped with the B-17 Flying Fortress. Flew 296 missions and lost 131 B-17's.
06/45 to 03/57, used for bomb storage, then sold and returned to agriculture.
381st BG - RAF Ridgewell airfield
1945 (© USAAF via Scott Burris, 381st.org)
381st BG - RAF Ridgewell airfield
Airfield:
Operational Bomber
Opened:
/1942
Closed:
/1957
Code:
RD
USAAF Station:
167
Runways:
3x concrete and wood chips
Hangars:
2x - T2
County:
Essex
Location:
7-1/2 miles NW of Halstead
OS Ref:
TL756416
Links:
381st BG (H) www.381st.org
©:
Photographs © as stated
381st BG - RAF Ridgewell airfield
1967 (© Harry Holmes)
1973 (© Steve Bond)
381st BG - RAF Ridgewell airfield
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