View Full Version : Finding American air bases in UK

05-30-2010, 09:38 PM
What a helpful tool Google earth is proving to be in helping me to locate old American fighter and bomber stations in eastern England,[ Cambridgeshire,Suffolk, Norfolk.]Its amazing, that after all these years you can still pickout the tell tale airstrip layout even after being abandoned and now either overgrown or under farming cultivation.With Google earth dropdown to about 5KM [16000ft]and within the area of the town after which the base is named, and more often and not you will see the ghost image of the runways.Some alas are impossible to find, but one[ Halesworth,Norfolk,56th F/G and 489thB/G]is still complete with concrete runways,but now a large chicken farm.I found this site helpful to pin point the basesttp://www.armyairforces.com/project44/index.html on the sites home page click on maps/charts and then 8th A/F bases in England.Being an ex Brit I intend to visit this beautiful part of England on my next holiday,and pay my own tripute to all those young men far from home, who fought and died in the skies over Europe.

I hope you have as much enjoyment tracking down those old long forgotten bases as I did.

Cheers. JM

05-31-2010, 04:06 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif It may be easier to see the remains now from the air as a lot of them are built over and from ground level you can't get access to seeing them.

05-31-2010, 04:38 AM
You should check out the book "The Mighty Eighth in the Second World War". Lots of interesting info and pics on ex-airfields there.

05-31-2010, 06:29 AM
I think that Santa Pod drag strip used to be a base for B-24s. If you zoom in close it looks like a race day!

05-31-2010, 06:47 AM

05-31-2010, 07:47 AM
Originally posted by WTE_Galway:

Now that is one excellent website! So many unseen photos!