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Military site : airfield

Originally a grass airfield satellite to nearby RAF Coltishall, Matlask was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in 1942 as a potential fighter base, but it was used only by detachments from the 56th Fighter Group, equipped with P-47s, during 1943. Plans to expand the station for the USAAF in late 1943-early 1944 were not carried out, so the airfield never progressed beyond two grass runways, 21 concrete pad hardstandings, one T2 hangar and five blister hangars. Occupied by the RAF from 1940 to 1945, the station was also used briefly for pre-D-Day invasion training by the 3rd Aviation Engineer Battalion, Ninth Air Force, during March to April 1944. Vacated in 1945 and closed in 1946, the site quickly reverted to agriculture and all the wartime buildings have been demolished.



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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:17 AAM AAM ingest

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)

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