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Posted by Punkie | Mar 17, 2009 @ 01:04 PM | 8,762 Views
As I was visiting my Father on sunday, I took the opportunity to visit the club I used to be a member of.
The Stansted Model flying club are based at the site of an old WW2 American airfield, between the villages of Hadstock and Little Walden.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Little_Walden
During WW2 first the 409th Bombardment Group (Light) flew A-20 havocs and A-26 Invaders, then the 361st Fighter Group moved in with their P-51 Mustangs. The last days of the war in Europe saw the 493rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) move in with B-17s while their base at RAF Debach was repaired (the runway was cracking up, shoddy building). Post war the 56th Fighter Group used it as a staging post prior to their return to the USA.
Finally it was handed over to the RAF who used it as a storage facility until it was sold off in 1958.
Not many people where there when I got there, as it was late suday afternoon, but those that were there gave me a warm welcome and I got to see some fine helicopter flying....Continue Reading