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Last modified: 20 Dec 2016, submitted by: Joker

Country: United Kingdom    Region: Suffolk

Locale: Ipswitch

Latitude: 52° 7' 35" N     Longitude: 0° 57' 10" E

Area use / Military Branches: Active


Former RAF Wattisham. WW2 bomberbase until 1942. Then used by USAAF until 1945 and in 1946 returning to RAF. From the 1950s until closure in 1993 used by units in Air Defence role operating Gloster Meteor/Javelin, Hawker Hunter, English Electric Lightning & McDonnell Phantom 2 aircraft, After the Cold War RAF transferred the base to the Army in 1992. Reroled as an Army Aviation airfield and renamed Wattisham Airfield 1993

Currently Wattisham Airfield is home to:
- 3 Regiment Army Air Corps. 3 RAAC is a unit of 16 Air Assault Bde consisting of 653, 662 and 663 Sqn (all Apache)
- 4 Regiment AAC.4 RAAC also provides strike aviation for 16 Air Assault Bde with 654, 656 and 664 Sqn (all Apache)
- 7 Aviation Support Battalion REME supporting a Joint Helicopter Force (JHF) deployment as an Aviation Engineering Support Group (AESG). This unit is also under 16 AASLT Bde command
- 132 Aviation Supply Unit (Royal Logistic Corps)
- RAF 22 Sqn B Flight (Seaking), SAR responsibility for the whole of the eastern coast,
- RAF Regiment Parachute Sqn

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