united kingdom Martlesham Heath

Ipswich, England
United Kingdom


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1917 to present

52° 4' 1'' N - 1° 16' 5'' E
1nm SW of Woodbridge
Elevation: 100 feet

History of this Location

Opened in Jan 1917 as a Royal Flying Corps base. RAF Martlesham Heath had a distinguished career as a fighter and bomber escort base, initially RAF and then as USAAF, during World War II. The RAF base closed in 1963. Much of the site and most of the main runways have now been built over.

The site was the Post Office Engineering (and latterly, British Telecom) main R&D site where important radio, wired and IT work was done.

From Oct 2000, Suffolk Constabulary has based its Air Support Unit at Martlesham Heath until summer 2009.

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List of units at Martlesham Heath

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
2000/    Suffolk PoliceEC135 2000/   
1924/39Aeroplane & Armaments Experimental Establishment

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