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Earl Colne Airfield, Essex (Station 358)
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by Paul Clouting

Home to the 323rd Bomb group from June to July 1944
To the Southwest of the airfield, the headquarters of Ninth Bomber Command
operated from the Elizabethan mansion of Marks Hall.

Earl Colne Airfield, Essex (Station 358)

On finals to Earls Colne’s grass strip runway in 2001. The grass runway runs parallel to the former secondary runway 07-25, parts of which can still be seen to the right of this shot. To the left is the head of the Western taxi-way and off to the left in the distance would be the village of Earls Colne.

Earl Colne Airfield, Essex (Station 358)

Just this small strip of former runway 07-25 still remains. To the left is the current grass runway.

Earl Colne Airfield, Essex (Station 358)

This photograph from 1996 was taken from the head of the Southern taxiway, looking down the main 6,000 feet runway, 01-19. Like most of the Essex airfields the concrete runways and taxiways were either removed completely, or in the case of Earls Colne, partially removed to leave access roads for farm vehicles. The buildings in front form part of an expansive recreational facility developed on the former airfield site. These include a sports centre, health and fitness clubs, a hotel, two 18-hole golf courses, and a golf driving range.

Earl Colne Airfield, Essex (Station 358)

The airfield control tower as it stood in 1996 in use as a private dwelling. Sadly this building was recently demolished. This western side of the airfield now forms part of a thriving and expanding business park.

Earl Colne Airfield, Essex (Station 358)

Remains of the firing-in butts as photographed in 1996.

Located on the Eastern side of the airfield.


Earl Colne Airfield, Essex (Station 358)

Only one of Earls Colne’s T-2 aircraft hangers remain. Located on the Eastern side of the airfield, adjacent to the Earls Colne – Coggeshall road. Now used as storage for “CA Blackwell’s” heavy construction machinery.

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These concrete access roads located on the East side of the airfield are all that remains of the former bomb storage area.

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This oval storage shed is located on the airfield side of the Colne – Coggeshall road across from the bomb store. May have been used as a storage facility for bomb towing equipment.

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