Rattlesden

Airfield

Object Number - UPL 17685 - Official Air Ministry Record Site Plan-Airfield Site 1945. Rattlesden.

Built for the Eighth Air Force in 1942, Rattlesden had three concrete runways, 50 hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. Intended to be a twin-engine B-26 bomber base, it was originally a satellite for nearby Rougham, and first occupied from December 1942 to April 1943 by ground personnel of the 322nd Bomb Group. After an exchange of airfields between the 3rd and 4th Bomb Wings, it was eventually occupied in November 1943 by the 447th Bomb Group equipped with four-engine B-17 bombers. The group returned to the USA in July 1945 after which the station returned to the RAF. It was used briefly as a Ministry of Food buffer depot but closed in 1946. Part of the site was used as a Bristol Bloodhound missile base by the RAF during the 1960s, but the whole airfield was sold in 1967-68 and mostly returned to agriculture. The Rattlesden Gliding Club was established in 1976, uses the wartime Control Tower as its club house and operates on the north east part of the airfield.

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People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 710th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Co-Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group
  • Highest Rank: First Sergeant (1st Grade)
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 710th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 710th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 710th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Top Turret Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 711th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 708th Bomb Squadron 709th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 710th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group 711th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Unit: 447th Bomb Group

Revisions

Date20 May 2021 10:13:24
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Removed associations to images which do not depict Rattlesden.

Date3 Sep 2018 02:45:11
Contributorjhuck
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John G. Huck

Date6 Jan 2017 15:43:20
ContributorLucy May
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Connected aircraft records that have Rattlesden in their biography fields.

Date13 Oct 2016 20:24:47
ContributorJeff Coleman
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Jeff Coleman

Date19 Oct 2015 19:46:59
ContributorLUCKY PARTNERS
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Harold Kiena

Date27 Sep 2014 18:02:18
ContributorAAM
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978)

Roger Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Manual (2nd edn, London, 2001)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Rattlesden (RGC location error)

http://www.controltowers.co.uk/r/rattlesden.htm

http://www.in-england.co.uk/Gliding_Clubs/England7033.htm

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