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Great Ashfield (Ashfield) (Elmswell)

Also known as: Elmswell Aerodrome / RAF Elmswell / RAF Great Ashfield / RFC Elmswell / USAAF Station 155
County: Suffolk
Current Status: Farmland
Date: 1916 (earliest known date December) - 5 August 1956; subsequent minor use
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / RFC / Civil (minor use) / USAAF
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved, later paved
Aircraft Roles: Bomber (main role) / Fighter (main role) / General aviation (minor use) / Trainer

The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 30/11/2018):

  • All Saints' Church, Great Ashfield
  • Elmswell History Group - formerly Elmswell Millennium History Group
  • Elmswell Library
  • Elmswell Parish Council - south side of airfield
  • Great Ashfield Parish Council - north side of airfield
  • Wetherden Parish Council- south-east side of airfield

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 75 Sqn
  • No 94 MU
  • No 95 MU
  • 385th BG
  • 548th BS
  • 549th BS
  • 550th BS
  • 551st BS
  • No 1665 HCU

Part of the perimeter track at Great Ashfield, 8 May 2005.

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Looking west across Great Ashfield, 13 June 2009. Photograph copyright © 2016 Nick Challoner, all rights reserved,

Aerial footage of Great Ashfield. Courtesy of blobmudcowdung


Plan of Great Ashfield (Ashfield) (Elmswell) during the First World War. Courtesy of Ed Andrews

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