Boxted airfield

AddressLangham, Colchester, Essex CO4 5HX, UK
Location typeAirfield
AccessPublic Access
Site Ownership and Access InformationThe 56th Fighter Group left Boxted in October 1945, when the site was returned to the RAF before closing in 1947. A small number of nissen huts remain, and a grass airstrip has been constructed over one of the old runways. Much of the site is private: part has been redeveloped as a housing estate, and the rest is used for agriculture. However the Boxted Airfield Historical Group and Museum can be visited by the public.
Contact detailsSee Boxted Airfield Historical Group and Museum website

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Boxted airfield opened in 1943, and around the time of D-Day was occupied by the US Air Force’s 61st, 62nd and 63rd Squadrons of the 56th Fighter Group. The group flew P-47 Thunderbolt fighters. In the lead-up to D-Day, the 56th Fighter Group flew a variety of missions, including bombing railway bridges to prevent the Germans using the French railways to move reinforcements, and attacking enemy airfields. On D-Day itself, the Group flew eight missions, followed by another eight missions the next day. During the subsequent weeks, the Group flew many dive-bombing missions in support of the Allied ground forces in Normandy.

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