RAF Shepherds Grove


Royal Air Force Shepherds Grove or more simply RAF Shepherds Grove is a former Royal Air Force station located in Suffolk, active from 1943–44 to 1966. Shepherds Grove was host to units of the United States Army Air Forces, Eighth Air Force. During the Cold war it was also one of the 20 Thor IRBM missile bases in the UK, as part of Project Emily.

RAF Shepherds Grove
Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg United States Air Forces in Europe.svg
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk in England
RAF Shepherds Grove is located in Suffolk
RAF Shepherds Grove
RAF Shepherds Grove
Shown within Suffolk
Coordinates52°18′55″N 000°55′13″E / 52.31528°N 0.92028°E / 52.31528; 0.92028Coordinates: 52°18′55″N 000°55′13″E / 52.31528°N 0.92028°E / 52.31528; 0.92028
TypeRoyal Air Force station
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
OperatorRoyal Air Force
United States Air Force
Controlled byRAF Bomber Command 1944-45
RAF Fighter Command 1945
Site history
Built1943 (1943)/44
In useApril 1944 - July 1963 (1963)
Battles/warsEuropean theatre of World War II
Airfield information
Elevation61 metres (200 ft)[1] AMSL
Direction Length and surface
01/19 1,845 metres (6,053 ft) Concrete
08/26 1,220 metres (4,003 ft) Concrete
14/32 1,200 metres (3,937 ft) Concrete


The following units were here at some point:[2]

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ Falconer 1998, p. 78.
  2. ^ "Shepherd's Grove (Hepworth)". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 12 May 2020.


  • Falconer, J (1998). RAF Fighter Airfields of World War 2. UK: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 0-7110-2175-9.
  • Ravenstein, Charles A., Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947-1977, Office of Air Force History, 1984
  • Endicott, Judy G., USAF Active Flying, Space, and Missile Squadrons as of 1 October 1995. Office of Air Force History
  • Menard, David W., Before Centuries. USAFE Fighters 1948-1959

External linksEdit

  • The Grover's Site
  • RAF Shepherds Grove photos
  • Shepherds Grove at www.controltowers.co.uk
  • The 1954 Shepherds Grove Album
  • The 1958 Shepherds Grove Album
  • Aerial photo from Multimap.Com
  • RAF Shepherds Grove photos taken in 2006
  • the UnOfficial 81st SPS RAF Bentwaters/Woodbridge Site the UnOfficial gathering place for the men and women who served in the USAF 81st Security (Air) Police Squadron at RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge.