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Sudbury Airfield

Hob Uid: 1430319
Location :
Suffolk
Babergh
Acton, Chilton, Great Waldingfield
Grid Ref : TL8930043500
Summary : A former World War Two military airfield, now used for agricultural purposes. The airfield opened in 1944 and was built to "Class A" specifications for American bomber aircraft, that is to say it was provided with three concrete runways with fifty hardstandings and two aircraft hangars (Type T2). Temporary barrack accommodation was dispersed to the east away from the main flying field around the village of Great Waldingfield. The administrative buildings were also situated to the east, closer to the flying field. The main unit using the airfield was the United States Army 8th Air Force's 486th Bomb Group. The airfield was designated as USAAF Station 174. The military airfield closed in 1945. Until 1964 its hangars were used as a government storage facility. In the late 1970s they were in use as storehouses for agricultural merchants, it is not known if they are still extant in 2005. The wartime control tower was demolished in the 1970s.
More information : Sudbury Airfield, Suffolk, TL 893 435. A World war Two airfield, opened in 1955, closed 1945. In 1985 the site was used for agricultural prurposes. (1)

A former World War Two military airfield, now used for agricultural purposes. The airfield opened in 1944 and was built to "Class A" specifications for American bomber aircraft, that is to say it was provided with three concrete runways with fifty hardstandings and two aircraft hangars (Type T2). Temporary barrack accommodation was dispersed to the east away from the main flying field around the village of Great Waldingfield. The administrative buildings were also situated to the east, closer to the flying field. The main unit using the airfield was the United States Army 8th Air Force's 486th Bomb Group. The airfield was designated as USAAF Station 174. The military airfield closed in 1945. Until 1964 its hangars were used as a government storage facility. In the late 1970s they were in use as storehouses for agricultural merchants. The wartime control tower was demolished in the 1970s. (2)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Military airfields in the British Isles 1939-1945
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Source Number : 2
Source : Airfields of the eighth : then and now
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : World War II from 1944
Monument End Date : 1945
Monument Start Date : 1944
Monument Type : Airfield, Military Airfield, Aircraft Hangar (Type T2), Barracks, Control Tower
Evidence : Structure, Documentary Evidence, Demolished Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Government use 1946-1964
Monument End Date : 1964
Monument Start Date : 1946
Monument Type : Storehouse
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Use in 1970s
Monument End Date : 1979
Monument Start Date : 1970
Monument Type : Storehouse, Agricultural Building
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Second World War
Display Date : Second World War
Monument End Date : 1945
Monument Start Date : 1944
Monument Type : Military Airfield
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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : DoB Non Anti Invasion Database UID
External Cross Reference Number : 1461
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TL 84 SE 105
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1412154
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, LAND OFF FOLLY ROAD
Activity type : ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Start Date : 2010-01-01
End Date : 2010-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, NHPP: WORLD WAR II TEMPORARY AIRFIELDS
Activity type : THEMATIC SURVEY
Start Date : 2012-01-01
End Date : 2012-12-31