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2. AIR / USAFE / RAF Molesworth

Last modified: 14 Jun 2022

Country: United States    Region: Overseas

Locale: UK

Latitude: 166667000° 0' 0" N     Longitude: -1° 34' 40" E

Area use / Military Branches: ACTIVE


5222'59"N 025'20"W USAFE RAF Molesworth. Former WW1 and WW2 bomberbase. Closed 1945-1950 and reactivated hosting various USAF units until 1973 when the base was deactivated and serving as an American education and housing centre, offering military family housing for personnel assigned to RAF Alconbury,

During the early 1980s, Molesworth was rebuilt with an infrastructure to accommodate nuclear missiles (4 storage bunkers, watch tower, machine guns pits) was built. Each of the bunkers contained 3 bays with a BGM-109G Ground Launched Cruise Missile Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) and 16 missiles, 2 launch control centres and a special 8x8 tractor. In 1986 the 303d Tactical Missile Wing activated. But the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 1987 led to the removal of all nuclear missiles from the station and 303d TMW deactivated in 1989. Its infrastructure from is still intact.

Currently based:
- USAFE / 501 Combat Support Wing with
-- 423 Airbase Group
- Joint Intelligence Operations Center Europe (JIOCEUR) Analytic Center (JAC),
- DoD / USAFRICOM / Intelligence and Knowledge Directorate-Molesworth
- NATO / Intelligence Fusion Centre (NIFC)

Former (2015) US announcements about its withdrawal at Molesworth have all been cancelled.

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Daisy Barrett | 25. September 2019 04:25

RE:3.RAF - US Molesworth

They are costly to get to, costly to live on, and for the most part costly to visit. With no immediate access to a mainland, even the most fundamental supplies are imported.

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