Airfield

‘The Landscape History of Hadstock Parish 1777-2020,   Part 2: Field Systems, Fields and Ownership’, by Richard Dolby and Rick Albrow

‘The Landscape History of Hadstock Parish 1777-2020, Part 2: Field Systems, Fields and Ownership’, by Richard Dolby and Rick Albrow

This is Part 2 of a series of illustrations and notes which looks at the landscape history of Hadstock Parish over the last 250 years. It examines the major changes in field systems, fields and ownership caused by the Hadstock Inclosure Act of 1801, the arrival of the railway in 1865 and the USAAF airfield in 1942. It concludes with the 2020 field landscape and field ownership.

Little Walden Control Tower, 1944

Little Walden Control Tower, 1944

The Control Tower was the focal point of the USAAF Station 165. Pilots and ground staff would come together at the Tower and watch anxiously as their friends left and returned from dangerous bomber and fighter missions into occupied France. Sadly, not all the aircraft that left the airfield would return.

The airfield and its American military community had a significant impact on life in Hadstock, and brought the local residents closer to the daily conflict of the war. Today, The Control Tower is a private home, and the owners are collating as much information as they can about the wartime history of the airfield. Visit their website here to see the photos, artefacts and other information they have gathered so far.