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Bentwaters (Butley)

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Buildings at this still remarkably intact airfield store a tremendous array of items, ranging from wine to equipment for the Aldeburgh Festival, which has also mounted musical events here.

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Also known as: Bentwaters Parks / RAF Bentwaters / USAAF Station 151
County: Suffolk
Current Status: Aviation / Industry / Leisure activity / Museum
Date: 17 April 1944 (Care & Maintenance) - July 1993; subsequent minor use to present
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / USAF
Landing Surface Types: Paved

The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/09/2011):

  • Air Charter International
  • Alde Securities Ltd
  • Allglass Anglia Ltd
  • Amarinth Pump Manufacturers
  • Angel Theatre
  • Anglian Automation Systems Ltd
  • Bentwaters Aviation Society
  • Bentwaters Cold War Museum
  • Billie Box Ltd
  • Bread
  • Bruizer Ltd
  • Butley Capel St Andrew and Wantisden Parish Council
  • Carrara Colour
  • Coastal Transport
  • Debach Enterprises Ltd
  • Driver Base
  • Eastern Woodfuel
  • Eclipse Home Improvements
  • Envirocars
  • Everett Aero
  • Frame Factory
  • Granny Smith's Cafe
  • Hull Aero
  • The Hush House - filming location
  • Jays Cafe
  • Lasercare Anglia Ltd
  • Light Years Ahead Ltd
  • Locummed
  • Loopwhole
  • Madelyns Books
  • Nets At Home
  • New Roofs
  • Old Jet
  • Pooley Removals & Storage
  • Rendlesham Community Primary School 
  • Rendlesham Park Surgery
  • Rendlesham Parish Council
  • Roberts Furniture Spray Shop
  • Screen Excellence Ltd
  • Skipper Ltd
  • Spice Outside Ltd
  • St Felix of Dunwich Church, Rendlesham
  • Stansall Properties Ltd
  • Staverton Projects Ltd
  • Strathspey Management
  • Suffolk Heritage Joinery Ltd 
  • Suffolk Onion Growers Ltd
  • Synergy Audio Warehouse
  • Tactile Signs Ltd
  • The Diner At Bentwaters
  • The Mortgage Surgery
  • The Suffolk Horse Society
  • Three Musketeers Ltd
  • UK Salvage
  • Unicorn Theatre Ltd
  • Vernon Crain

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 7 Fighter Command Servicing Unit
  • No 56 Sqn
  • No 64 Sqn
  • No 65 Sqn
  • 81st Fighter Bomber Wing
  • 81st Fighter Interceptor Group
  • 81st Tactical Fighter Wing
  • No 118 Sqn
  • No 124 Sqn
  • No 126 Sqn
  • No 129 Sqn
  • No 165 Sqn
  • No 226 OCU
  • No 234 Sqn
  • No 245 Sqn
  • 527th Aggressor Sqn
  • No 2707 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2791 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2839 Sqn RAF Regiment
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Looking north-west across Bentwaters, 23 August 2008. Photograph copyright © 2016 Nick Challoner, all rights reserved, www.challoner.com

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Looking west down the runway at Bentwaters, 30 August 2009. Photograph copyright © 2016 Nick Challoner, all rights reserved, www.challoner.com

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Looking south-east across Bentwaters, 23 August 2008. Photograph copyright © 2016 Nick Challoner, all rights reserved, www.challoner.com

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Looking east across Bentwaters, 23 August 2008. Photograph copyright © 2016 Nick Challoner, all rights reserved, www.challoner.com

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Looking west down the runway at Bentwaters, 30 August 2009. Photograph copyright © 2016 Nick Challoner, all rights reserved, www.challoner.com

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The control tower and a nissen hut at Bentwaters, 30 August 2009. Photograph copyright © 2016 Nick Challoner, all rights reserved, www.challoner.com

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Looking west down the runway at Bentwaters, 30 August 2009. Photograph copyright © 2016 Nick Challoner, all rights reserved, www.challoner.com

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The bomb dump area to the south of the airfield, 23 August 2008. Photograph copyright © 2016 Nick Challoner, all rights reserved, www.challoner.com

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The north side of the airfield including a T2 hangar, control tower, fire station and loop hardstandings. 23 August 2008. Photograph copyright © 2016 Nick Challoner, all rights reserved, www.challoner.com

Footage from Bentwaters, c.1950s. Courtesy of HuntleyFilmArchives

Bentwaters Parks Hush House. Courtesy of Bentwaters Parks

 

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