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Chipping Ongar (Willingale)

Also known as: RAF Chipping Ongar / USAAF Station 162
County: Essex
Current Status: Aviation / Farmland (main position)
Date: June 1943 - 1948 (closed to flying); subsequent limited flying to present
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / Civil (main user) / USAAF (main user)
Landing Surface Types: Paved
Aircraft Roles: Bomber / General aviation

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

  • Chipping Ongar Library
  • Church of St. Nicholas, Fyfield - USAAF airmen often used the church during World War Two
  • Essex Shooting Ground
  • Fyfield Parish Council
  • High Ongar Parish Council
  • Ongar Town Council
  • Willingale Parish Council

Main unit(s) present:

  • 387th BG
  • 556th BS
  • 557th BS
  • 558th BS
  • 559th BS
  • No 1426 (Enemy Aircraft Circus) Flight
  • Fyfield Flying Club
  • Home Counties Flying Club
  • Wid Flying Group
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Looking south-east across the airfield. The present day airstrip is visible centre-right, 22 February 2009. Photograph copyright © 2016 Nick Challoner, all rights reserved,

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Looking south-west across the airfield. A Blister hangar and the remains of the ops block is visible lower left, 22 February 2009. Photograph copyright © 2016 Nick Challoner, all rights reserved,


Remains of a building at Chipping Ongar, 14 May 2020.

Various photographs of Chipping Ongar. Courtesy of Roy Strutt

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