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  • united kingdom Martlesham Heath

    Ipswich, Suffolk, England

    United Kingdom


    Satellite and aerial maps of Martlesham Heath with nearby locations

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    4.8254EGE65 Ipswich Hospital, England
    6.6229EGSE Ipswich, England
    7.5253 Ipswich Harbour, England
    9.8074EGVG RAF Woodbridge, England
    12.1179 HMS Ganges, England
    12.3266 Abbey Oaks, England

    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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