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Ridgewell Airfield

Ridgewell is one of the many former World War II airfields sites in East Anglia. It is situated on the high plain between Ashen, Ovington and Tilbury Green about 1.5 miles from Ridgewell, and Stoke by Clare. The airfield was opened in December 1942 and used first by the RAF as a base for No 90 Squadron, flying Stirling Bombers. From June 1943 until the end of the war the 381st Bombardment Group of the USAAF 8th Air Force was based here. The 381st flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from this airfield.

Portions of the road and runways remain, some of which are now used by the Essex Gliding Club. There are two memorials, one to the men of 90 Squadron RAF and one to those of the 381st Bomb Group. These are located near the former base hospital where a small museum can also be found. This is open on the second Sunday of each month or by arrangement (http://www.381st.com).

Other bases nearby are at Sudbury and further afield at Thorpe Abbotts (http://www.100bgmus.org.uk).

For further information on the Essex Gliding Club and taking flights with them over the Ridgewell Airfield, please see the Essex Gliding Club entry on this site.


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