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ROYAL AIR FORCE STRADISHALL or more simply RAF STRADISHALL is a former Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
station located 4.7 miles (7.6 km) north east of Haverhill , Suffolk
Suffolk
and 9 miles (14 km) south west of Bury St Edmunds , Suffolk, England
England
.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Current use

* 3 References

* 3.1 Citations * 3.2 Bibliography

* 4 External links

HISTORY

The airfield was home to a number of squadrons during its lifetime:

* No. 1 Squadron RAF
No. 1 Squadron RAF
, No. 9 Squadron RAF , No. 35 Squadron RAF , No. 51 Squadron RAF
No. 51 Squadron RAF
, No. 54 Squadron RAF
No. 54 Squadron RAF
, No. 75 Squadron RAF , No. 85 Squadron RAF
No. 85 Squadron RAF
, No. 89 Squadron RAF . * No. 101 Squadron RAF , No. 109 Squadron RAF , No. 115 Squadron RAF , No. 125 Squadron RAF , No. 138 Squadron RAF , No. 148 Squadron RAF , No. 149 Squadron RAF , No. 150 Squadron RAF , No. 152 Squadron RAF , No. 158 Squadron RAF , No. 186 Squadron RAF . * No. 207 Squadron RAF , No. 208 Squadron RAF
No. 208 Squadron RAF
, No. 214 Squadron RAF , No. 215 Squadron RAF , No. 236 Squadron RAF , No. 245 Squadron RAF , No. 254 Squadron RAF , No. 263 Squadron RAF . * No. 311 Squadron RAF
No. 311 Squadron RAF
.

214 Squadron Wellington being repaired and overhauled at RAF Stradishall

CURRENT USE

The airfield closed in 1970 and is now the site of two category C prisons: HMP Highpoint North and HMP Highpoint South . Part of the former airfield remains a Ministry of Defence training site which is not accessible to the public.

The airfield has been sold to a private buyer to be converted into farm land and is out of bounds to the public.

There is a memorial to RAF Stradishall outside Stirling House which was once part of the officers quarters and is now a training unit for the Prison service.

REFERENCES

CITATIONS

* ^ Jefford 1988 , p. 23. * ^ Jefford 1988 , p. 27. * ^ Jefford 1988 , p. 37. * ^ Jefford 1988 , p. 41. * ^ Jefford 1988 , p. 42. * ^ Jefford 1988 , p. 48. * ^ A B Jefford 1988 , p. 51. * ^ Jefford 1988 , p. 54. * ^ Jefford 1988 , p. 55. * ^ Jefford 1988 , p. 57. * ^ Jefford 1988 , p. 58. * ^ Jefford 1988 , p. 60. * ^ A B C Jefford 1988 , p. 62. * ^ A B Jefford 1988 , p. 63. * ^ Jefford 1988 , p. 66. * ^ A B Jefford 1988 , p. 69. * ^ A B Jefford 1988 , p. 71. * ^ Jefford 1988 , p. 75. * ^ Jefford 1988 , p. 77. * ^ Jefford 1988 , p. 79. * ^ Jefford 1988 , p. 80. * ^ Jefford 1988 , p. 85.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

* Jefford, C.G, MBE ,BA ,RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988. ISBN 1-84037-141-2