Little Staughton

Airfield
Aerial photograph of Little Staughton airfield looking east, the technical site and operational buildings are at the top, 29 August 1947. Photograph taken by No. 58 Squadron, sortie number RAF/CPE/UK/2272. English Heritage (RAF Photography).

Object Number - RAF_CPE_UK_2272_RV_6013 - Aerial photograph of Little Staughton airfield looking east, the technical site and operational buildings are at the top, 29 August 1947. Photograph...

Built during 1941-42 potentially as a USAAF bomber base, Little Staughton had three concrete runways, 37 hardstandings, two dispersed T2 hangars and eight Robin hangars. Occupied temporarily from December 1942 by the Advanced Air Depot of the 1st Bomb Wing, it was a maintenance base for B-17 bombers from January 1943 until February 1944. Transferred to the RAF in March 1944, it operated as a bomber base until October 1945, and briefly as a transport base until closed and placed on Care and Maintenance in December 1945. The main runway was extended during the 1950s to provide a jet emergency-landing facility for the USAFE, but that was discontinued by the late 1950s. Other post-war use of the airfield included a Brooklands Aviation repair depot. Although largely returned to agriculture and also used by light industry, part of the wartime site remains a private airfield.

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Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Stupifier, ‘Madame Pisonya
  • Unit: 379th Bomb Group 525th Bomb Squadron 526th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: The BIGASSBIRD
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Just For Laughs, Little Woman, Thumper Again
  • Unit: 2nd Strategic Air Depot 100th Bomb Group 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron

Revisions

Date27 Sep 2014 18:02:17
ContributorAAM
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Manual (2nd edn, London, 2001)

Michael Bowyer, Action Stations 1: Wartime Military Airfields of East Anglia 1939-1945 (Cambridge, 1979)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Little_Staughton

http://wikimapia.org/5161802/Former-RAF-Little-Staughton

http://www.abct.org.uk/airfields/little-staughton-ii-staughton-moor

http://www.derelictplaces.co.uk/main/showthread.php?t=12497

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