RAF Stradishall

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RAF Stradishall
Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg
RAF Stradishall station crest.jpg
Latin: Vires de caelo
("Might from the sky")
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Aerial view in 1945
IATA: noneICAO: none
Summary
Airport type Military
Owner Ministry of Defence
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Stradishall, Suffolk
Built 1937 (1937)
In use 1938-1970 (1970)
Elevation AMSL 381 ft / 116 m
Coordinates 52°08′06″N 000°30′51″E / 52.13500°N 0.51417°E / 52.13500; 0.51417Coordinates: 52°08′06″N 000°30′51″E / 52.13500°N 0.51417°E / 52.13500; 0.51417
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RAF Stradishall is located in Suffolk
RAF Stradishall
RAF Stradishall
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Royal Air Force Stradishall or more simply RAF Stradishall is a former Royal Air Force station located 4.7 miles (7.6 km) north east of Haverhill, Suffolk and 9 miles (14 km) south east of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England.

History[edit]

The airfield was home to a number of squadrons during its lifetime:




214 Squadron Wellington being repaired and overhauled at RAF Stradishall

Current use[edit]

The airfield closed in 1970 and is now the site of two category C prisons: HMP Highpoint North and HMP Highpoint South. Part of the former airfield remains a Ministry of Defence training site which is not accessible to the public.

The airfield has been sold to a private buyer to be converted into farm land and is out of bounds to the public.

There is a memorial to RAF Stradishall outside Stirling House which was once part of the officers quarters and is now a training unit for the Prison service.

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 23.
  2. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 27.
  3. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 37.
  4. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 41.
  5. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 42.
  6. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 48.
  7. ^ a b Jefford 1988, p. 51.
  8. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 54.
  9. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 55.
  10. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 57.
  11. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 58.
  12. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 60.
  13. ^ a b c Jefford 1988, p. 62.
  14. ^ a b Jefford 1988, p. 63.
  15. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 66.
  16. ^ a b Jefford 1988, p. 69.
  17. ^ a b Jefford 1988, p. 71.
  18. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 75.
  19. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 77.
  20. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 79.
  21. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 80.
  22. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 85.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Jefford, C.G, MBE,BA ,RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.

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