RAF Bushey Hall

Summary

Royal Air Force Bushey Hall or more simply RAF Bushey Hall is a former Second World War non-flying Royal Air Force station located 6.7 miles (10.8 km) south west of St Albans, Hertfordshire and 8.8 miles (14.2 km) north east of Uxbridge, London, England.

RAF Bushey Hall
USAAF Station 341
Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Eighth Air Force - Emblem (World War II).png
Near Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Commanding officers of the Fighter Groups of the 8th Air Force in 1944.jpg
Commanding officers of the Fighter Groups of the 8th Air Force in 1944
RAF Bushey Hall is located in Hertfordshire
RAF Bushey Hall
RAF Bushey Hall
Coordinates51°39′30″N 0°22′23″W / 51.6584°N 0.3731°W / 51.6584; -0.3731
TypeMilitary Headquarters
Site information
OwnerAir Ministry
Controlled byUnited States Army Air Forces
United States Air Force
Site history
Built1893
In use1942–1955
Battles/warsEuropean Theatre of World War II
Air Offensive, Europe July 1942 – May 1945
Garrison information
GarrisonEighth Air Force
Third Air Force

HistoryEdit

It was established at a private golf club and was used as a headquarters facility for the United States Army Air Forces Eighth Air Force in the United Kingdom. It was situated close to its Royal Air Force counterpart at RAF Bentley Priory, near Stanmore. It was also known as USAAF station 341.[1]

During the war the facility was the headquarters for the United States Army Air Forces Eighth Air Force VIII Fighter Command (1942–45). Its name frequently led to the site being confused with Army Air Force Station 586 at Bushy Park in south-west London, which was the Headquarters of United States Strategic Air Forces (USSTAF) during 1944 and 1945.

It was the site of London Central Elementary High School, a United States Department of Defense Dependents School, from 1962 to 1971.

In 1955, the facility was returned to civil control. It is now Bushey Hall Golf Club and Lincolnsfields Children's Centre.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  1. ^ WW2 Headquarters – 8th USAAF Fighter Command, The Forties Experience, Lincolnsfields Children's Centre.