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Rougham Airfield

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

RAF Bury St Edmunds

USAAF Station 468
Near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk in England
Bseairfield-6jun1955.png
Bury St Edmunds/Rougham Airfield - 6 June 1955
RAF Bury St Edmunds is located in Suffolk
RAF Bury St Edmunds
RAF Bury St Edmunds
Shown within Suffolk
Coordinates52°14′39″N 000°45′44″E / 52.24417°N 0.76222°E / 52.24417; 0.76222
TypeRoyal Air Force station
CodeBU
Site information
OwnerAir Ministry
Controlled byRoyal Air Force
United States Army Air Forces
Site history
Built1941 (1941)
In use1942–1948 (1948)
EventsEuropean Theatre of World War II
Air Offensive, Europe July 1942 – May 1945
Airfield information
Elevation63 metres (207 ft) AMSL
Runways
Direction Length and surface
03/21 1,170 metres (3,839 ft) Concrete
08/26 1,745 metres (5,725 ft) Concrete
14/32 1,260 metres (4,134 ft) Concrete

Rougham Airfield, formerly Royal Air Force Station Bury St Edmunds or more simply RAF Bury St Edmunds is a former Royal Air Force station located 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England. It is not to be confused with the RAF grass strip on the western side of Bury St Edmunds known as RAF Westley, an area now part of the town itself. The airfield, now in private ownership and much reduced in size, is still active and is known as Rougham Airfield.

The airfield was originally and is now again known as Rougham as it is located north of that village between the A14 and the main railway line between Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich. It was built during 1941 and 1942 with three intersecting concrete runways. The main runway of 2,000 yards was aligned approximately E–W. It saw extensive use during the Second World War.

Current use

With the end of military control, Bury St Edmunds airfield's concreted areas were broken up with most of the site being returned to agriculture.

The old technical site has been developed into the Roughham Industrial Estate. The T2 hangars are still in use, for storage. The control tower, used for many years as a private dwelling, has now been restored and is used as a museum.

The airfield, once again known as Rougham, now has two grass runways available for civil use. Gliding and model aircraft flying are frequent and several open-air events are organised each year.[1]

Skyward Flight Training now operate from Rougham Airfield

See also

References

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

Citations

  1. ^ "Welcome to Rougham Airfield". Rougham Airfield. Retrieved 9 May 2013.

Bibliography

External links

This page was last edited on 23 November 2018, at 21:40
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