RAF Bradwell Bay

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RAF Bradwell Bay
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Douglas Boston Mk III aircraft of No. 418 Squadron RCAF taxiing at Bradwell Bay, Essex, prior to a night intruder raid over France, September 1942 CH7210.jpg
RCAF Douglas Boston Mk III taxiing at RAF Bradwell Bay in 1942
Summary
Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex
Built 1940 (1940)
In use 1941-1946 (1946)
Elevation AMSL 30 ft / 9 m
Coordinates 51°44′07″N 000°54′06″E / 51.73528°N 0.90167°E / 51.73528; 0.90167Coordinates: 51°44′07″N 000°54′06″E / 51.73528°N 0.90167°E / 51.73528; 0.90167
Map
RAF Bradwell Bay is located in Essex
RAF Bradwell Bay
RAF Bradwell Bay
Location in Essex
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
04/22 0 0 Concrete
10/28 0 0 Concrete
16/34 0 0 Concrete
The war memorial to the crew lost during World War 2

RAF Bradwell Bay is a former Royal Air Force station located 9.5 miles (15.3 km) east of Maldon, Essex, England and 3.1 miles (5.0 km) south west of West Mersea, Essex.

History[edit]

The airfield was first used as grass landing strip for the nearby firing ranges before being turned into a RAF station with concrete runways and hangars.[1] The station is unique as it was the only fighter station where the Fog Investigation and Dispersal Operation (FIDO) was used.[2]

Based units[edit]

Current use[edit]

Part of the site is currently being used by the Bradwell nuclear power station. Several of the hangars are still used as storage by the local farmers and the control tower is now a private house. Agricultural buildings, built in the '70s and '80s on runways one and two, are now home to several local businesses. [19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "RAF Bradwell Bay airfield". Control Towers. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "RAF Bradwell Bay". Wartime Memories. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 91.
  4. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 32.
  5. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 34.
  6. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 63.
  7. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 77.
  8. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 42.
  9. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 67.
  10. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 94.
  11. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 99.
  12. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 72.
  13. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 82.
  14. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 58.
  15. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 95.
  16. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 62.
  17. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 83.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Bradwell Bay". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  19. ^ "RAF Bradwell Bay". English Heritage - Pastscape. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 

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