united kingdom AAC Wattisham

Wattisham, England
united kingdom

10.5175 Benton End, England
11.8129 Abbey Oaks, England
16.6122 Ipswich Harbour, England
19.6123EGSE Ipswich, England
22.3107 Martlesham Heath, England
24.4189 Colchester General, England

1939 to present

52 7 38 secs N - 0 57 23 secs E
8.5nm NW of Ipswich, Suffolk
Elevation: 284 feet

Opened Mar 1939 with bomber and later, anti-shipping units. Handed over to USAAF in Sep 1942 as a fighter depot, when 3 concrete and tarmac runways were laid. Base reverted to the RAF as a jet fighter station after WWII, with a succession of Meteors, Hunters, Lightnings and Phantoms until 1992, when the base was put into maintenance. Re-activated as an Army base with new hangars added, to house units withdrawn from Germany.
A Search and Rescue service, operated by RAF 22 Squadron B Flight from a 2 pad stand to the north east of the base is due to cease from 1 Jul 2015. The service (part of the new DfT/MCA 10 year UK SRR contract) will be provided from elsewhere, with cover divided between Manston and Humberside.
Situated off the B1078. Has one main asphalt runway of 2284m. The two shorter ones are now disued. Apron and main buildings to the south side. Remains a Diversion airfield.

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
2009/    Suffolk Policeec135 2000/   
2007/    656 squadronWAH-64 Apache 2003/   
2007/    664 squadronWAH-64 Apache 2007/   
1995/07659 squadronscout ??/81
1995/    4 Regiment, AACWAH-64 Apache 2003/   
Lynx 1978/04
1995/06669 squadron
1995/14654 squadronWAH-64 Apache ??/14
SA341B Gazelle AH.1 ??/07
1994/1522 squadronsea king 1994/15
Wessex HC.2 1974/97
1993/    662 squadronWAH-64 Apache 2005/   
SA341B Gazelle AH.1 1985/04
Lynx 1980/04
1993/    653 squadronWAH-64 Apache 2009/   
1993/    663 squadronWAH-64 Apache 2005/   
SA341B Gazelle AH.1 ??/05
1993/    3 Regiment, AAC


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1999-aug-18 22 Sq B FltRoyal Air ForceSea King HAR.3AZH545
1999-aug-18 22 Sq B FltRoyal Air ForceSea King HAR.3AZH541
1999-sep-04 Sea King HAR.3AZH540
2004-apr-20 Sea King HAR.3AZH543 / X
2005-oct-26 Sea King HAR.3AZH544
2005-oct-26 Sea King HAR.3AZH540 / U
2006-jan-28 CH-47D ChinookZH776
2006-jan-28 CH-47D ChinookZA673 / A
2006-feb-17 Sea King HAR.3AZH542
2006-mar-13 WAH-64 ApacheZJ173
2006-jun-15 WAH-64 ApacheZJ194
2006-jun-15 WAH-64 ApacheZJ205
2006-jun-21 CH-47D ChinookZA714
2006-jun-29 WAH-64 ApacheZJ187
2006-jun-30 Sea King HAR.3AZH540 / U
2006-jun-30 WAH-64 ApacheZJ174
2006-jul-13 Lynx AH7ZF538
2006-sep-07 Lynx AH1XZ652
2006-sep-07 Mi-17 Hip-H0825
2006-oct-20 Sea King HAR.3AZH543 / X
2006-oct-31 WAH-64 ApacheZJ226
2007-jun-12 Sea King HAR.3AZH542 / W
2007-aug-01 WAH-64 ApacheZJ181
2007-sep-03 WAH-64 ApacheZJ184
2007-sep-03 WAH-64 ApacheZJ185
2007-sep-03 WAH-64 ApacheZJ186
2007-sep-10 WAH-64 ApacheZJ222
2007-sep-10 WAH-64 ApacheZJ232
2007-nov-15 Sea King HAR.3AZH543 / X
2008-feb-01 WAH-64 ApacheZJ168
2008-may-01 Sea King HAR.3AZH544
2008-may-01 Sea King HAS.1XV676 / ZE
2008-may-07 Sea King HAR.3AZH543 / X
2008-may-07 WAH-64 ApacheZJ181
2008-may-07 WAH-64 ApacheZJ203
2008-may-13 WAH-64 ApacheZJ226
2008-may-13 WAH-64 ApacheZJ230
2008-jun-27 WAH-64 ApacheZJ231
2008-jul-21 WAH-64 ApacheZJ187
2008-sep-26 WAH-64 ApacheZJ184
2009-feb-25 WAH-64 ApacheZJ183
2009-apr-20 EH101 Mk.512ZJ995 / AD
2009-apr-28 WAH-64 ApacheZJ175
2009-apr-28 WAH-64 ApacheZJ184
2009-apr-28 WAH-64 ApacheZJ200
2009-may-08 Sea King HAR.3AZH543 / X
2009-may-11 WAH-64 ApacheZJ168
2009-may-20 Sea King HAR.3AZH540
2009-jun-01 WAH-64 ApacheZJ213
2009-jun-01 WAH-64 ApacheZJ223
2009-jun-01 WAH-64 ApacheZJ231
2009-jun-11 Lynx HAS3ZD249 / 636
2009-jun-11 WAH-64 ApacheZJ233
2009-oct-29 WAH-64 ApacheZJ232
2010-may-06 WAH-64 ApacheZJ187
2010-may-13 Sea King HAR.3AZH543 / X
2010-jun-30 WAH-64 ApacheZJ174
2010-jul-02 Sea King HAR.3AZH542
2010-jul-02 WAH-64 ApacheZJ231
2010-jul-30 WAH-64 ApacheZJ219
2010-aug-05 SA330E PumaZA939
2011 Army Air CorpsSA341B Gazelle AH.1ZA729
2011-mar-09 Sea King HAR.3AZH542
2011-mar-09 WAH-64 ApacheZJ169
2011-apr-27 WAH-64 ApacheZJ172
2011-apr-29 Sea King HAR.3AZH540
2011-may-03 WAH-64 ApacheZJ205
2011-may-06 WAH-64 ApacheZJ222
2011-may-10 WAH-64 ApacheZJ197
2011-may-25 WAH-64 ApacheZJ168
2011-may-25 WAH-64 ApacheZJ202
2011-jun-14 WAH-64 ApacheZJ198
2011-jun-30 WAH-64 ApacheZJ200
2011-aug-24 SA330E PumaXW212
2012-mar-11 Sea King HAR.3AZH545
2012-sep-18 WAH-64 ApacheZJ188
2012-nov-11 WAH-64 ApacheZJ184
2012-dec-05 MD902 ExplorerG-CMBS
2013-jan-17 EC135P2+G-SUFK
2013-mar-26 SA341B Gazelle AH.1ZA729 / V
2013-may-02 AS365N3 Dauphin 2ZJ785
2013-jun-04 Army Air CorpsSA341B Gazelle AH.1ZA729
2013-jul-10 WAH-64 ApacheZJ188
2013-jul-25 WAH-64 ApacheZJ203
2014-jul-15 Sea King HAR.3AZH542
2015-jun-10 WAH-64 ApacheZJ184
2015-jun-10 WAH-64 ApacheZJ205

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