RAF Knettishall


Royal Air Force Knettishall or more simply RAF Knettishall is a former Royal Air Force station in Suffolk, England, UK. During the Second World War, it was numbered as Station 136 by the United States Army Air Forces while home to the 388th Bombardment Group and its four squadrons consisting of:

RAF Knettishall
Knettishall, Suffolk in England
An aerial photograph of RAF Knettishall in 1951
RAF Knettishall is located in Suffolk
RAF Knettishall
RAF Knettishall
Shown within Suffolk
RAF Knettishall is located in the United Kingdom
RAF Knettishall
RAF Knettishall
RAF Knettishall (the United Kingdom)
Coordinates52°22′35″N 000°53′22″E / 52.37639°N 0.88944°E / 52.37639; 0.88944
Site information
OwnerAir Ministry
OperatorRoyal Air Force
United States Army Air Forces
Controlled byEighth Air Force
Site history
Built1942 (1942)/43
In use1943 - 1957 (1957)
Battles/warsEuropean theatre of World War II
Airfield information
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An aircraft operating on what used to be RAF Knettishall

Part of the Eighth Air Force between 1943 and 1945.[1]: 321  Royal Air Force Knettishall was declared surplus to RAF requirements after the war's end, it was closed in 1957. Most of the runways and buildings were demolished by the late 1960s, although some were still standing as ruins by 2000.[2] The airfield itself remains in limited use by light general aviation aircraft to the present day.[3]

See also



  1. ^ Anderson, Capt. Barry (1985). Army Air Forces Stations: A Guide to the Stations Where U.S. Army Air Forces Personnel Served in the United Kingdom During World War II (PDF). Maxwell AFB, AL: Research Division, USAF Historical Research Center. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  2. ^ "KNE 031 - Knettishall Airfield - Suffolk Heritage Explorer". heritage.suffolk.gov.uk.
  3. ^ "Knettishall". www.abct.org.uk. Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust UK.
  • 388th Bomb Group Memorial at Knettishall on 388th Bomb Group Association website
  • American Air Museum
  • Suffolk Heritage Explorer
  • Imperial War Museum