TM3187 : RAF Bungay (USAAF Station 125)

taken 3 years ago, near to Flixton, Suffolk, Great Britain

RAF Bungay (USAAF Station 125)
RAF Bungay (USAAF Station 125)
This was the last sign on the gate, after the airfield had been put under Care and Maintenance at the end of WW2. It is now on display at the Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum in Flixton > LinkExternal link.

The museum displays a great number of aircraft from various countries and, in separate buildings, themed collections for the Royal Observer Corps No. 6 Group, the 446th (H) Bomb Group USAAF, RAF Bomber Command, RAF Air-Sea Rescue & Coastal Command, and local aviation through the years.
RAF Bungay (USAAF Station 125)
Bungay airfield was constructed by Kirk & Kirk Ltd in 1942, with a main runway of 1.8 kilometres in length and two intersecting shorter secondary runways. The technical, administrative and domestic buildings were located around the edge of the airfield, mainly in the west, in order to lessen the impact of enemy attacks.

The airfield was used by the Twelfth Air Force 428th Bombardment Squadron, 310th Bombardment Group (Medium); followed by the 329th Bombardment Squadron, 93d Bombardment Group (Heavy) and later by four squadrons of the Eighth Air Force 446th Bombardment Group (Heavy).

After the war it was handed over to the Royal Navy, and later came under civilian use before the runways and tracks were broken up for aggregate in the 1980s.

One of the eight Communal sites (Site 4) has survived in the grounds of Grange Farm complete and in good condition and whereas some of the Headquarters buildings on Site 2 have long since been dismantled, at least some others are still in place.

Please note that all these buildings are situated on private land and can be accessed only by the owner's permission. My grateful thanks go to Mr L.A. Hinsley for allowing access onto his land at the Grange, and to Mr A.R. Hinsley for giving permission to photograph the Admin site buildings on his farm.

Information about the airfield, complemented by exhibits, can be found at the Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum which is only a short distance away from the airfield.

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 26 August, 2014   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 26 August, 2014
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Historic sites and artefacts 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 3101 8739 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:26.1379N 1:23.8248E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TM 3101 8740
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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