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1944 (© 445th BG, USAAF via Steve Ward)
Tibenham airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture, Norfolk gliding club
Tower Type:
Watch Office with Operations Room, Type B 7345/41, with observation room 13079/41 and crew briefing room
Tower:
Control tower demolished January 1978
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:

11/1942, 320th BG here en-route to North Africa. Then used by 2nd Bomb Wing for training.
11/43 to 05/45, 700th, 701st, 702nd and 703rd Bomb Squadrons of the 445th Bombardment Group
with B-24 Liberators, first mission was to Keil 13/12/43, final mission 25/04/45. 445th BG flew 282 combat missions, losing 108 aircraft in combat along with another 25 lost. 28 B-24s were lost out of 37 on the 27/09/1944, the Eighth's highest day's loss from a single Bomb Group.
James Stewart was 703rd Bomb Sqn Commander.
07/45 to 1952, Station returned to the RAF and used as an MU Satellite until sold off.
20/10/1956 to 25/05/1957, Runways lengthened in 1955 and
USAF 7536 Material Sqn (AMC) moved in when the unit disbanded.
Airfield closed 1959 and sold 1964.

RAF Tibenham - 445th Bomb Group -
1967 (© Harry Holmes)
1974 (© Steve Bond)
1977 (© Ian Woodward)
c.1970 (© via Paul Francis)
1974 View from the Control Tower, signals square in the right foreground (© Steve Bond)
RAF Tibenham - 445th BG -
Airfield:
Operational Bomber Station
Opened:
11/1942
Closed:
15/03/1959
Code:
TM
USAAF Station:
124
Runways:
3x - concrete, tarmac, extended 1955
Hangars:
2x - T2
County:
Norfolk
Location:
13 miles SW of Norwich, N of Diss
OS Ref:
TM145888
©:
As stated
Tibenham airfield - 445th BG -
1960Eastern Daily Press via Philip Standley)
RAF Tibenham airfield
'Round and Round went the Great Big Wheel' - Operation Catherine wheel filmed behind Tibenham's control tower for the TV series 'Dad's Army' (series 5, episode 52)
1972
via Tony Pritchard)
RAF Tibenham airfield
James Stewart's post-war U.S.A.F. uniform on display at Duxford
RAF Tibenham airfield - James Stewart -
445th BG, RAF T ibenham 445th BG control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk
© robert truman 2002 - updated 02/07/13 - Tibenham -