The Airfield

Seething Airfield was home to B24 Liberators of the American Airforce and its construction of was a huge feat of civil engineering.

It was a self contained village in its own right.

Below are some airfield statistics:

  • The airfield had a main runway 6,000 ft in length.
  • Aligned SW-NE and two secondary runways of 4,200 ft in length.
  • The runways were 50 yards wide. They had a depth of 6-8 inches, constructed in concrete over a hardcore base.
  • A perimeter track encircling the airfield was 3.5 miles long, 50 yards wide.
  • 50 concrete hardstands were build off the perimeter track along with an additional hardstand off the short runway, used when additional parking was required.
  • During Construction 18,000 tonnes of dry cement & 96,000 tonnes of aggregate were used.
  • 50 miles of drainage and cable pipes were laid.

Airfield buildings The airfield had the following buildings: -

  • Two T2 hangars located one on each side of the airfield.
  • Hangars: 120ft wide, 240ft long, 39ft high.
  • The control tower, used for all operational flying aspects of the bomb group including flying controls, signals and weather.
  • Key buildings included: Bombsight storage, Sick quarters, Theatre, Mess halls, Officers and Enlisted men clubs, Chapel, Briefing room and barracks for each of the squadrons and the support groups.
  • Other small buildings were constructed for various group administration functions.

Other airfield information

  • Home to the 448th Bomb group flying the B24 Liberator.
  • Station Code : 146
  • ID code : SE
  • OS Grid reference: TM315955


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