Thurleigh England Air Base
is a 2008 view. Two runways have been added and one removed.
RAF Thurleigh was a Royal Air Force station located five
miles north of Bedford, England.
transferred to the U.S. Eighth Air Force on December 9, 1942,
designated Station 121,
used for heavy bomber operations against Nazi Germany.
After the war, the base was returned to the RAF and renamed
the Royal Aeronautical
Bedford, where it was used for experimental aircraft
operations and testing.
was closed in 1997 with the RAE having become the
and Research Agency (DERA).
is a WWII View
Thurleigh was built during WWII and after the war became a
development site known as RAE Bedford,
until it was eventually
decommissioned in 1994. Since then the airfield has been split
See upper photo, the Northern half is used for the Bedford Autodrome
and the runways are used as mass
The runway numbers on these photos are
probable (I added what they might be).
Runways are generally numbered
according to their magnetic heading
(the takeoff direction it is "pointing towards").
Runway 6 would be used for a runway with a 62 degrees heading
runway can be used in either direction,
and hence has two numbers,
each 180° apart, like 6 and 24.
Memorial to the 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy)
The top area is inscribed with "ALWAYS FIRST"
The setting is by this building as seen in top photo,
Just north of Thurleigh.
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