TM0639 : Raydon Airfield Memorial

taken 3 months ago, near to Raydon, Suffolk, Great Britain

Raydon Airfield Memorial
Raydon Airfield Memorial
The memorial consists of a number of parts each representing a different aspect of the airfield.
Raydon airfield (USAAF Stn. F-157) was constructed by the 833rd and 862nd Aviation Engineer Battalions. Work begun on 19th August 1942 on constructing to Class A Bomber standard although it was only ever used by fighters. The longest runway was 6,000 feet (1.83 kms) in length with a second and third runway, each 4,200 feet (1.28 kms) a remaining part of which can be seen beyond the memorial. The project wasn't completed until early 1944.
The two T2 hangars are still in use today. LinkExternal link LinkExternal link
The primary aircraft which flew from here were P-47 Thunderbolts and P-51 Mustangs. A single propeller from each flank the memorial.
The circular base of the Memorial bears the winged emblem of the USAAF. LinkExternal link
in the centre is a plaque and on top of the plinth is a map of the airfield as it was in 1946. LinkExternal link
The Memorial was dedicated on 10th June 1995. LinkExternal link
Despite many of the building and control tower being demolished Raydon is one of the more complete Second World War USAAF airfield (bases) in East Anglia that was not used by the United States Air Force during the Cold War.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 1 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 1 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Public buildings and spaces  Derelict, Disused  People, Events  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 0612 3957 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:0.9753N 1:0.1424E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 0614 3959
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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