We cover the story of Steeple Morden Airfield during the war
years from construction in 1939 to the end of the war in 1945.
The RAF moved to Steeple Morden Airfield during 1940 when constuction
had finished using it as a saterllite station to Bassingbourn,
operating an Operational Training Unit (11OTU) flying Wellington
bombers. These aircraft took part in the 1000 bomber night raid
on Cologne, Germany. In late September 1942, 11OTU departed
October 1942 saw the American 12th Photographic Reconnaissance
Squadron, and the 15th Photographic Mapping Squadron of the 3rd
Photographic Group arrived under the command of Col.Elliott C.
Roosevelt, the American President's son, flying P-38 Lightnings.
In November 1942 the 5th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron
also arrived with nine P-38s. These squadrons were to stay very
briefly until November 3Oth 1942.
January 1943, the airfield was taken over by the RAF again,
Operational Training Unit (17.OTU) flying Blenheim Bombers. In
April 1943, 17. OTU departed.
July 1943 the Americans were back, the 355th Fighter Group moved
to the Airfield and renamed it Station F -122, flying P-47 Thunderbolts
and later P-51 Mustangs until the end of the war. During their
stay the 355th received a unit citation for their extraordinary
heroism and outstanding performance. They were also the highest
Group for destroying aircraft on the ground, earning them the
name the' Steeple Morden Strafers.
This section of the documentary contains unique and unseen
clip is just a small part of the
Steeple Morden Airfields story: