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 Re-activated as an Army base with new hangars added, to house units withdrawn from Germany.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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AS365N3 Dauphin 2ZJ785 02may13
CH-47D ChinookZA673 / A 28jan06
CH-47D ChinookZA714 21jun06
CH-47D ChinookZH776 28jan06
EC135P2+G-SUFK 17jan13
EH101 Mk.512ZJ995 / AD 20apr09
Lynx AH1XZ652 07sep06
Lynx AH7ZF538 13jul06
Lynx HAS3ZD249 / 636 11jun09
MD902 ExplorerG-CMBS 05dec12
Mi-17 Hip-H0825 07sep06
SA330E PumaXW212 24aug11
SA330E PumaZA939 05aug10
SA341B Gazelle AH.1ZA729 11 04jun13
SA341B Gazelle AH.1ZA729 / V 26mar13
Sea King HAR.3AZH540 04sep99 20may09 29apr11
Sea King HAR.3AZH540 / U 26oct05 30jun06
Sea King HAR.3AZH541 18aug99
Sea King HAR.3AZH542 17feb06 02jul10 09mar11 15jul14
Sea King HAR.3AZH542 / W 12jun07
Sea King HAR.3AZH543 / X 20apr04 20oct06 15nov07 07may08 08may09 13may10
Sea King HAR.3AZH544 26oct05 01may08
Sea King HAR.3AZH545 18aug99 11mar12
Sea King HAS.1XV676 / ZE 01may08
WAH-64 ApacheZJ168 01feb08 11may09 25may11
WAH-64 ApacheZJ169 09mar11
WAH-64 ApacheZJ172 27apr11
WAH-64 ApacheZJ173 13mar06
WAH-64 ApacheZJ174 30jun06 30jun10
WAH-64 ApacheZJ175 28apr09
WAH-64 ApacheZJ181 01aug07 07may08
WAH-64 ApacheZJ183 25feb09
WAH-64 ApacheZJ184 03sep07 26sep08 28apr09 11nov12 10jun15
WAH-64 ApacheZJ185 03sep07
WAH-64 ApacheZJ186 03sep07
WAH-64 ApacheZJ187 29jun06 21jul08 06may10
WAH-64 ApacheZJ188 18sep12 10jul13
WAH-64 ApacheZJ194 15jun06
WAH-64 ApacheZJ197 10may11
WAH-64 ApacheZJ198 14jun11
WAH-64 ApacheZJ200 28apr09 30jun11
WAH-64 ApacheZJ202 25may11
WAH-64 ApacheZJ203 07may08 25jul13
WAH-64 ApacheZJ205 15jun06 03may11 10jun15
WAH-64 ApacheZJ213 01jun09
WAH-64 ApacheZJ219 30jul10
WAH-64 ApacheZJ222 10sep07 06may11
WAH-64 ApacheZJ223 01jun09
WAH-64 ApacheZJ226 31oct06 13may08
WAH-64 ApacheZJ230 13may08
WAH-64 ApacheZJ231 27jun08 01jun09 02jul10
WAH-64 ApacheZJ232 10sep07 29oct09
WAH-64 ApacheZJ233 11jun09

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