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Bentwaters (Butley)

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Buildings at this still remarkably intact airfield store a tremendous array of items, ranging from wine to equipment for the Aldeburgh Festival, which has also mounted musical events here.

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Also known as: Bentwaters Parks / RAF Bentwaters / USAAF Station 151
County: Suffolk
Current Status: Aviation / Industry / Leisure activity / Museum
Date: 17 April 1944 (Care & Maintenance) - July 1993; subsequent minor use to present
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / USAF
Landing Surface Types: Paved

The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/09/2011):

  • Air Charter International
  • Alde Securities Ltd
  • Allglass Anglia Ltd
  • Amarinth Pump Manufacturers
  • Angel Theatre
  • Anglian Automation Systems Ltd
  • Bentwaters Aviation Society
  • Bentwaters Cold War Museum
  • Billie Box Ltd
  • Bread
  • Bruizer Ltd
  • Butley Capel St Andrew and Wantisden Parish Council
  • Carrara Colour
  • Coastal Transport
  • Debach Enterprises Ltd
  • Driver Base
  • Eastern Woodfuel
  • Eclipse Home Improvements
  • Envirocars
  • Everett Aero
  • Frame Factory
  • Granny Smith's Cafe
  • Hull Aero
  • The Hush House - filming location
  • Jays Cafe
  • Lasercare Anglia Ltd
  • Light Years Ahead Ltd
  • Locummed
  • Loopwhole
  • Madelyns Books
  • Nets At Home
  • New Roofs
  • Old Jet
  • Pooley Removals & Storage
  • Rendlesham Community Primary School 
  • Rendlesham Park Surgery
  • Rendlesham Parish Council
  • Roberts Furniture Spray Shop
  • Screen Excellence Ltd
  • Skipper Ltd
  • Spice Outside Ltd
  • St Felix of Dunwich Church, Rendlesham
  • Stansall Properties Ltd
  • Staverton Projects Ltd
  • Strathspey Management
  • Suffolk Heritage Joinery Ltd 
  • Suffolk Onion Growers Ltd
  • Synergy Audio Warehouse
  • Tactile Signs Ltd
  • The Diner At Bentwaters
  • The Mortgage Surgery
  • The Suffolk Horse Society
  • Three Musketeers Ltd
  • UK Salvage
  • Unicorn Theatre Ltd
  • Vernon Crain

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 7 Fighter Command Servicing Unit
  • No 56 Sqn
  • No 64 Sqn
  • No 65 Sqn
  • 81st Fighter Bomber Wing
  • 81st Fighter Interceptor Group
  • 81st Tactical Fighter Wing
  • No 118 Sqn
  • No 124 Sqn
  • No 126 Sqn
  • No 129 Sqn
  • No 165 Sqn
  • No 226 OCU
  • No 234 Sqn
  • No 245 Sqn
  • 527th Aggressor Sqn
  • No 2707 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2791 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2839 Sqn RAF Regiment
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Looking north-west across Bentwaters, 23 August 2008. Photograph copyright © 2016 Nick Challoner, all rights reserved, www.challoner.com

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Looking south-east across Bentwaters, 23 August 2008. Photograph copyright © 2016 Nick Challoner, all rights reserved, www.challoner.com

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Looking west down the runway at Bentwaters, 30 August 2009. Photograph copyright © 2016 Nick Challoner, all rights reserved, www.challoner.com

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Looking west down the runway at Bentwaters, 30 August 2009. Photograph copyright © 2016 Nick Challoner, all rights reserved, www.challoner.com

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Looking west down the runway at Bentwaters, 30 August 2009. Photograph copyright © 2016 Nick Challoner, all rights reserved, www.challoner.com

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Looking east across Bentwaters, 23 August 2008. Photograph copyright © 2016 Nick Challoner, all rights reserved, www.challoner.com

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The bomb dump area to the south of the airfield, 23 August 2008. Photograph copyright © 2016 Nick Challoner, all rights reserved, www.challoner.com

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The control tower and a nissen hut at Bentwaters, 30 August 2009. Photograph copyright © 2016 Nick Challoner, all rights reserved, www.challoner.com

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The north side of the airfield including a T2 hangar, control tower, fire station and loop hardstandings. 23 August 2008. Photograph copyright © 2016 Nick Challoner, all rights reserved, www.challoner.com

The Eastern Counties Motor Club at Bentwaters, 1950. Courtesy of andykitson

Footage from Bentwaters, c.1950s. Courtesy of HuntleyFilmArchives

Bentwaters Parks Hush House. Courtesy of Bentwaters Parks

 

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