RAF Station Great Dunmow
(Also known as Little Easton) is a former World War II airfield in Essex
, England. The airfield is located approximately mi west of Great Dunmow
, north of the A 120
; about miles northeast of London
Opened in 1943, it was used by both the Royal Air Force
and United States Army Air Forces
during the war, primarily as a bomber airfield. The airfield was closed in 1948.
Today the airfield is located on private land primarily used for agriculture.
Great Dunmow was designed as a Class A airfield
bomber airfield, built by the US Army 818th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) with specialised work by British contractors.
The airfield was built on ancient parkland belonging to Easton Lodge
and some 10,000 trees were destroyed to enable its construction, including over 200 mature oak trees. It consisted of a set of three converging runways each containing a concrete runway for takeoffs and landings, optimally placed at 60 degree angles to each other in a triangular pattern. The runways were a 6,000 ft long main runway, aligned 15/33 and two secondary 4,200 ft long secondary runways, aligned 11/29 and 04/22. An encircling perimeter track was also constructed, containing... Read More