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1945 (© 361st Fighter Group, USAAF)
RAF Little Walden airfield control tower
Airfield Today:
Agriculture, industry
Tower Type:
Watch office for All Commands 12779/41, medium front windows to 343/43
Tower:
Restored and in use as offices
Other Buildings:
Many
History:
03/1944 to 09/1944, 409th Bombardment Group with A-20 Havocs, flew missions in support of the Allied invasion of Normandy then moved to France.
09/1944 to 12/1944, 374th, 375th and 376th Fighter Squadrons of the 361st Fighter Group 'The Yellow Jackets' with P-51 Mustangs. Moved here from Bottisham on escort and ground support missions then detached to France.
/1944 to 03/1945, used by B-17s of the 493rd Bomb Group 'Heltons Hellcats' from Debach when their runways were being repaired.
04/1944 to 11/1945, the 361st Fighter Group returned from France.
09/1945 to 11/1945, 61st, 62nd and 63rd Fighter Squadrons of the 56th Fighter Group 'The Wolfpack' here before returning to the USA.
12/1945 to 05/1958, used for surplus military vehicle storage until closure. Airfield sold 1960.
RAF Little Walden airfield - 56th Fighter Group - 361st FG -
1969 (© Steve Bond)
2000 (© Robert Truman)
Little Walden airfield - 56th Fighter Group - 361st Fighter Group -
Airfield:
Operational
Opened:
1944
Closed:
1958
ID Code:
LL
USAAF Station:
165
Runways:
3x - concrete and wood chips
Hangars:
2x - T2
County:
Essex
Location:
3-1/2 miles NE of Saffron Walden
OS Ref:
TL558435
©:
© Photographs copyright as stated
RAF Little Walden airfield - 56th Fighter Group - 361st Fighter Group -
2001 (© CJ van Daatsellar)
Admin Site Building No.149, Picket Post, lettering still visible on the door 2000 (© Robert Truman)
RAF Little Walden airfield - 56th Fighter Group - 361st Fighter Group -
1944 (© 361st FG, USAAF via Simon Dunham)
RAF Little Walden airfield - 56th Fighter Group - 361st Fighter Group -
RAF Little Walden airport + control towers = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2001 -
- Little Walden control tower - updated 24/06/2017 - -