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1945 (© USAAF)
Steeple Morden airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture
Tower Type:
Watch Office for Bomber Satellite and OTU's 13726/41
Tower:
Demolished
Other Buildings:
Very few, memorial near site of control tower
History:
/40 to 9/42, grass dispersal airfield used by No. 11 OTU Wellingtons from Bassingbourn.
10/42 to 12/42, 5th, 12th, 13th and 14th Photographic Squadrons and 15th Photographic Mapping Squadron of the 3rd Photographic Group. 13th and 14th PS were detached to Membury and the rest of the Group moved to NW Africa.
1/43 to 5/43, No. 17 OTU with Blenheims.
7/43 to 7/45, 354th, 357th and 358th Fighter Squadrons of the 355th Fighter Group 'The Steeple Morden Strafers' - 'Our Might Always', with P-47 Thunderbolts then P-51 Mustangs, moved to Germany at the end of the war. Lost 175 aircraft in action, claimed 365 air and 502 ground kills - the highest score of enemy aircraft destroyed on the ground by an 8th USAAF FG.
7/45 to 11/45, 334th, 335th and 336th Fighter Squadrons of the 4th FG 'The Eagles' from Debden, returned to the USA 4/11/45 to 10/11/45 on the Queen Mary.
9/46, airfield closed and sold in 1961.
1944-45 (© USAAF via Ian Warren)
RAF and USAAF Station
Airfield:
OTU, Operational
Opened:
/1940
Closed:
/1946
ID Code:
KR
USAAF Station:
122
Runways:
3 concrete and wood chips
Hangars:
1x - T2, 9x - Blister
County:
Cambridge
Location:
3-1/2 miles W of Royston
OS Ref:
TL300420
Links:
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1945 (© USAAF via Ian Warren)
RAF Steeple Morden airfield 1940-46 - 355th FG - 4th FG -
RAF Steeple Morden airfield + control tower 355th FG - 4th FG = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2006