The rougham estate consists of over 3,000 acres of suffolk countryside with ancient meadows, green lanes, oaklined hedgerows, bluebells and orchids, parklands and arable fields. Today, the site is preserved as an events venue which sees a number of country fairs as well as the annual air display held at the site. Berlin, 19th may, 1944 colonel dougher and major birdsall led 21 aircraft on a mission to berlin on the 19th of may, 1944. Rougham airfield, station 468 is situated about two miles east of bury st edmunds, and was home to the usaaf 322nd and 94th bomb groups during the second world war. Steven russell on a new book remembering those key airfields. East anglia books has one of the largest stocks of usaaf unit histories plus a wide range of secondhand titles, many now outofprint and difficult to obtain. The airfield was designed to be used by united states army air force bomber. As the 487th bomb group based at nearby lavenham airfield were the lead group of the wing, castle had his driver transport him the 8 country miles along the frosty country lanes from his billet at rougham to attending the mission briefing at lavenham with the lead crew he would be flying with. Rougham airfield, station 468 is situated about two miles east of bury st. Dec 24, 2006 a few months ago i had a look around rougham hall.
The site is now known as rougham field but was formerly known as bury st edmunds airfield, rougham airfield. The main runway was approximately 2000 yards long, and run in an east to west direction. The airfield, now in private ownership and much reduced in size, is still active and is known as rougham airfield. The 1st of september 2019 is the wartime memories projects 20th birthday.
The airfield was built between 1941 and 1942, and had three intersecting concrete runways. Make sure you get a good look at it on downwind so you can plan your approach. Some images and text have been reproduced with the kind permission of clifford hall. See why it was listed, view it on a map, see visitor comments and photos and share your own comments and photos of this building. Our village has a lot of history this has been a rough scratch over the surface. B17 flying fortress built in march of 1944 at the vega aircraft plant in southern california. A lot of rougham airfield has been converted to an industrial estate. Written and published by clifford hall, an acknowledged expert on his subject this is a musthave volume for anyone interested in this distinguished b17 flying fortress unit of the us 8th aaf, the usaaf daylight heavy bombing missions of wwii or in the local history.
The december 24th 1944 mission for the east anglian based american eighth air force was the largest air striking force the world has ever seen over 2000 bomber aircraft and almost fighter aircraft assembled in the skies over eastern england, which represented some 20,000 young airmen in a vast aerial armada that stretched from horizon to horizon over 100 miles long. The long awaited and definitive overview of the 94th bombardment group h, based at bury st edmunds rougham airfield in wwii. Kent airfields in the battle of britain no author on. In a memory between us, jack and ruth attend a dance at the air base. Bookshop in bury st edmunds butter market waterstones. Journalist and author chris wadsworth collaborates with matt johnson, manager and historian at the southwest florida museum of history, to take readers on a trip back in time, as the proud history of buckingham army air field comes alive through vivid photographs and the stories of the soldiers and civilians who once called buckingham home.
If you would like to send us a present, a donation, no matter how small, would be much appreciated, annually we need to raise enough funds to pay for our web hosting or this site will vanish from the web. Settlements at a mouse lane estate south of rougham park, b rougham green, c. The story of rougham airfield, later officially called bury st edmunds, but still known. They werent really very interesting more like a little brick shed. The airfield was designed for a united states army air forces usaaf bomb group. In may 1942, training was also started on the airfield for the glider pilot regiment. Rougham airfield ghost hunting events essex ghost hunters. East anglia books 041576 memories of rougham airfield. It was built during 1941 and 1942 with three intersecting concrete runways. The friendly invasion began 70 years ago this spring. Rougham airfield is centrally located for all those wishing to fly in the east of england. Search the history of over 424 billion web pages on the internet. Raf bury st edmunds rougham airfield, 47th bomb group. Sorry, there are no tours or activities available to book online for the dates you selected.
East anglia books has one of the largest stocks of usaaf unit histories. Uk 041576 memories of rougham airfield and the 94th bombardment group h by clifford hall. As the 487th bomb group based at nearby lavenham airfield were the lead group of the wing, castle had his driver transport him the 8 country miles along the frosty country lanes from his billet at rougham to attending the mission briefing. The airfield is conveniently situated just off junction 45 of the a14, east of bury st edmunds, suffolk. Whereas penny does appear to lean more towards war time history and even more particularly towards periods relating to air forces. Before redevelopment its important to understand the history and inherited character of these places. My haunted history when she discusses the history of rougham airfield. As the airfield was designed for a usaaf bomb group, fifty concrete hardstands were constructed off the encircling perimeter track. Time direction wind gust mph temperature feels like uv index visibility chance of rain weather. These people started writing about the wonderful home edge provided by the real cash video poker machines that have. Featured texts all books all texts latest this just in smithsonian libraries fedlink us genealogy lincoln collection. Ghost hunt uk visit rougham airfield including the control. Since passing his gft for a private pilots license on the 30th june 1989 in the cessna 152 gwacb at wycombe air park the gates of opportunity opened and he has, for example, flown an aircraft in every country in western europe registered in each country. Rougham airfield was built in 19411942 with three intersecting concrete runways the main runway of 2,000 yards was aligned approximately ew.
Outside storage is currently available and the construction of hangarage is being considered, subject to interest. Following on from the authors very successful title, pictorial history of the men and aircraft of the 94th bombardment group h, recently outofprint, this new book is the authors personal memories and recollections of his time living next to a wwii, usaaf air base. Major building works included the village of blackthorpe, now commonly known and mouse lane, in the 1960s. Out of hours, so i cant tell you anything about the people or facilities, but peter eager was very helpful indeed on the phone. The following organisations are either based at, use andor have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield as at 010720. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that delivers new books every 1, 2, or 3 months new customers receive 15% off your first box. Wrightcyclone engines made by studebaker, sperry gyros made by jack and heintz and. Our friendly booksellers are here to help you find your next favourite book. Raf booker is a former royal air force installation located 2. Rougham control tower museum american air museum in britain. The grass was all right, but theres still a large patch of tarmac at the runway intersection. Old artefacts on display and nice to see how the control tower has been kept as original as possible.
History raf rougham was a temporary military airfield, constructed between 19411942 as an raf nightfighter station, but was immediately in use by usaaf, initially housing the 47th bomb group, but afterwards the 322nd and 94th bomb groups. Operations, personal stories, airfields and much, much more. The site is now known as rougham field but was formerly known as bury st edmunds airfield, rougham airfield and also as usaaf station 468. Rw 0927 wide and smooth, with rw 0220 a little less smooth at the northern end where gliders are parked in trailers. Raf rougham in the second world war, the wartime memories project. Rougham airfield raf bury st edmunds united kingdom. It comprised of three runways, the main tracking eastwest with a 2000 yard length, along with two additional intersecting runways, two hangers, technical and personnel buildings.
Rougham airfield was occupied by the usaafs 94th bomb group, whose more notable missions included those against the ball bearing works at eberhausen and schweinfurt, and the marienburg raid of 9 october 1943 hailed as the most accurate of that year. They represent a class of military airfield that is poorly protected and one with many conservation challenges. 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. Rougham control tower aviation museum bury st edmunds. Whilst in the forest, we also saw some old wwii bomb stores. Join professional paranormal investigator barri ghai at rougham airfield in bury st edmunds for an. From the 1990s, gaming analysts were beginning to use computers to examine the video poker pay tables. Just off the a14 and close to the m11 and a12, skyward is ideally located for easy access, and is surrounded by abundant uncrowded airspace. Major buildings included rougham hall built in the 1820s and destroyed by a german bomb in the 1940. Rougham airfield operates as both an openair event space and as an airfield for light aircraft using a grass runway. Rougham control tower aviation museum, bury st edmunds, united kingdom. His latest book memories of rougham airfield and the 94th.
This book looks at the history and personalities associated with each base, what. East anglia books 041576 memories of rougham airfield and. This site is dedicated to the history of manston airfield, in kent from its first official usage back in 1916. One of the best is held at rougham airfield in suffolk which itself has a rich aviation history. Airfield stories are recorded in new book before they are. Maps of different years, series and scales available to browse and buy. The airfield was historically called rougham airfield, situated as it is to the north of rougham village between what is now the a14 trunk road formerly the a45. Radar building is a grade ii listed building in rushbrooke with rougham, suffolk, england. There is a cafe, with old magazines and books to buy onsite. Memories of rougham airfield and the 94th bombardment group h. Since childhood he has been fascinated by all aspects of aviation history. Rougham control tower aviation museum bury st edmunds all. So, without further delay lets take a look at pennys book in a little detail. Rushbrooke with rougham is a large civil parish in the st edmundsbury district of suffolk in eastern england covering the villages of blackthorpe, rougham and rushbrooke as well as rougham airfield.
Dec, 2010 journalist and author chris wadsworth collaborates with matt johnson, manager and historian at the southwest florida museum of history, to take readers on a trip back in time, as the proud history of buckingham army air field comes alive through vivid photographs and the stories of the soldiers and civilians who once called buckingham home. Rougham control tower aviation museum, bury st edmunds. Pictorial history of the men and aircraft of the 94th. Rougham control tower originally known as raf bury st edmunds, is a former raf station, situated 3 miles east of the suffolk market town of bury st edmunds.
Mar 15, 2019 rougham airfield, just outside bury st edmunds, has a rich wartime history so it is not entirely surprising it is on the ghost hunters trail. Use the search facility at the top right hand corner of the page to find the title you are looking for. The summer sees a number of shows at small airfields across the country. Paranormal investigation at rougham airfield events whats on. To get to the venue,take junction 45 off the a14 which is signposted for rougham industrial estate and follow the signs from there, along general castle way. If you wish to know more about rougham airfield, clifford halls book, pictorial history of the men and aircraft of the 94th bombardment group, 1942 1945 is now available. Apr 19, 2012 the friendly invasion began 70 years ago this spring. Edmunds, united kingdom by rougham control tower aviation museum on sunday, august 7 2016 with 101 people interested and 45 people. If you wish to know more about rougham airfield, clifford halls book, pictorial history of the men and aircraft of the 94th bombardment group, 1942 1945. Rougham stories rougham control tower aviation museum.
Rougham control tower is a small, friendly aviation museum, dedicated to the american airmen women who served in the 322nd bg and the 94th bg of the usaaf 8th airforce during wwii. Rougham tower association preserving the buildings and history of the ww2 american air base in suffolk, uk. It requires a serious commitment from students in the form of both time and money, being comparable in cost to interests such as sailing or motorcycling. Rougham airfield, formerly royal air force station bury st edmunds or more simply raf bury. Rougham is situated 2 miles east of bury st edmunds, suffolk. Our historic airfield about skyward flight training. Construction on rougham airfield, officially known as raf bury st edmunds, commenced in 1941 and work was completed in the following year.
The ghost airfields of suffolk suffolk and essex lifestyle. Clifford hall, 87, was a boy when allied forces from the states were stationed at rougham airfield during the second world war. It traces its history back to roman times and has seen both saxons and vikings. Watch out for remnants of concrete surface at intersection of the runways.
The airfield was constructed in 194142 and opened as a usaaf station 468. Aircraft owners wishing to keep their aircraft at rougham are invited to contact us. Learning to fly an aircraft and gaining your private pilots licence is one of the most rewarding activities you will ever undertake. Discover historic maps of the rougham airfield area in suffolk. Good practical information on the airfield website. These people started writing about the wonderful home edge provided by the real cash video poker machines that have been much better than any video game in the sport. Edmunds, england, home of the us 94th bombardment group in wwii. 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.
At least four books have been written about life at debden, reflecting its. Rougham control tower aviation museum community museum. Raf rougham in the second world war 19391945 the wartime. Collection of nearly 4,000 books on american topics, with approximately a quarter. My haunted history by penny griffithsmorgan ashley knibb. A great grass airfield to operate into, visited nov 07 in a christen eagle. Airfield available for visiting aircraft 7 days there is a new road on the s side between the rougham tower museum and the rougham industrial estate. This article incorporates public domain material from the air force historical research. Rougham airfield raf bury st edmunds is located in united kingdom.783 926 123 1341 635 1301 541 1050 9 119 1437 262 1085 1404 1040 1134 489 1427 1432 422 870 1023 451 1201 1185 1321 210 126 455 1489 1071 530 1386 828 173 899 290 1265 620 668