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Nuthampstead

Major
Also known as: RAF Nuthampstead / Royston / USAAF Station 131
County: Hertfordshire
Current Status: Aviation / Farmland / Leisure activity
Date: May 1943 - 1 March 1959
Current Use: Limited flying
Used By: RAF / Civil / USAAF
Landing Surface Types: Paved

N.B. - Nuthampstead is situated across the two counties of Essex and Hertfordshire but primarily geographically resides in Hertfordshire.

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

  • 55th Fighter Group Website
  • Langley Parish Council
  • Nuthampstead Parish Meeting
  • Nuthampstead Shooting Ground
  • St George's Church, Anstey
  • The Woodman Inn

Main unit(s) present:

  • 38th FS
  • 55th FG
  • No 94 MU
  • No 95 MU
  • 338th FS
  • 343rd FS
  • 398th BG
  • 600th BS
  • 601st BS
  • 602nd BS
  • 603rd BS
001Runway 05:23. Looking north east from the runway 17:35 intersection - 17 October 2009.png

Runway 05:23, looking north east from the runway 17:35 intersection, 17 October 2009. © Richard Flagg

002Runway 17:35. Looking south east from the runway 11:29 intersection - 17 October 2009.png

Runway 17:35, looking south east from the runway 11:29 intersection, 17 October 2009. © Richard Flagg

003Taxiway at the west of the airfield. Looking east from the lane crossing the west of the airfield - 17 October 2009.png

Taxiway at the west of the airfield, looking east from the lane crossing the west of the airfield, 17 October 2009. © Richard Flagg

004Norden Bomb Sight Store & Workshop- 17 October 2009.png

Norden Bomb Sight Store and Workshop at Nuthampstead, 17 October 2009. © Richard Flagg

005Crew Briefing Room - 17 October 2009.png

Crew Briefing Room at Nuthampstead, 17 October 2009. © Richard Flagg

006Operations Block - 17 October 2009.png

Operations Block at Nuthampstead, 17 October 2009. © Richard Flagg

007Runway 05:23. Looking north east from the runway 05 threshold - 17 October 2009.png

Runway 05:23, looking north east from the runway 05 threshold, 17 October 2009. © Richard Flagg

008Air Ministry Bombing Teacher Building - 17 October 2009.png

Air Ministry Bombing Teacher building at Nuthampstead, 17 October 2009. © Richard Flagg

009Bomb Rectification Building, Class 2. (Ex. Bomb Fusing) - 17 October 2009.png

A Bomb Rectification building at Nuthampstead, 17 October 2009. © Richard Flagg

010Bomb Stores Latrine - 17 October 2009.png

A Bomb Stores latrine at Nuthampstead, 17 October 2009. © Richard Flagg

011Runway 11:29. Looking west from the lane crossing the west of the airfield - 15 March 2016.png

Runway 11:29, looking west from the lane crossing the west of the airfield, 15 March 2016. © Richard Flagg

Lockheed P-38 Lightnings taking off from Nuthampstead, 1943. Courtesy of Zoran Petek

Nuthampstead was under consideration to be London's third airport. Courtesy of British Pathé

The control tower demolition at Nuthampstead, c.1960s. Courtesy of joeslacks

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