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Military site : airfield

Built for the RAF in 1942-43, and used by the RAF 1943-44. The Eighth Air Force's 803rd Bomb Squadron (P) were a Radio Countermeasures unit lodging here in 1944. The base was used by both the RAF and US forces in the post-war period.



  • 42-30177 Charlene

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Gore Fd 27/4/43; Cheyenne 2/5/43; Sioux City 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 16/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 23/6/43 as CHARLENE; 15m transferred RCM 803BS Sculthorpe 19/1/44; Oulton 16/5/44; 36BS Cheddington...

  • 42-30353 'Ten Knights in a Bar Room'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 23/5/43; Gr Isle 3/6/43; Dow Fd 27/6/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-Z] Horham 27/6/43; 334BS [BG-C]; 38m, transferred 388BG Aphrodite Project [remote controlled flying bomb filled with Torpex explosives], Knettishall; 803BS RCM...

  • 42-3438

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 23/6/43; Dow Fd 19/7/43; Assigned 337BS/96BG [AW-F] Snetterton 20/7/43; transferred 36BS for Radio Counter Measures, Sculthorpe 1944. Missing in Action Heligoland 30/10/44, with Lts with Gaither & W. Dunnuck. Intended for submarine...

  • 42-3518 Lady Lillian

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/7/43; Rapid City 10/8/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 9/9/43; transferred RCM 803BS Sculthorpe /44; damaged by PB4Y explosion on APH mission 12-8-44; Salvaged 14/11/44. ...

  • 42-37743 'Yankee Doodle Dandy'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 16/8/43; Long Beach 17/8/43; Assigned 333BS/94BG [TS-M] Rougham 11/9/43; transferred 803BS RCM Sculthorpe 1/44; APH Knettishall; Missing in Action Heligoland 15/10/44 with Lts W. Patton & J. Hinner. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY.


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:18 AAM AAM ingest

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Michael Bowyer, Action Stations 1: Wartime Military Airfields of East Anglia 1939-1945 (Cambridge, 1979)