RAF Lakenheath

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Royal Air Force Lakenheath or RAF Lakenheath is a Royal Air Force station near the town of Lakenheath in Suffolk, England, 4.7 mi north-east of Mildenhall and 8.3 mi west of Thetford.wikipedia
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48th Fighter Wing

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The host wing is the 48th Fighter Wing (48 FW), also known as the Liberty Wing, assigned to United States Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA).
It is based at RAF Lakenheath, England.

Mildenhall, Suffolk

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Royal Air Force Lakenheath or RAF Lakenheath is a Royal Air Force station near the town of Lakenheath in Suffolk, England, 4.7 mi north-east of Mildenhall and 8.3 mi west of Thetford.
The large Royal Air Force station, RAF Mildenhall as well as RAF Lakenheath, are located north of the town.

RAF Mildenhall

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In 1940, the Air Ministry selected Lakenheath as an alternative for nearby RAF Mildenhall and used it as a decoy airfield.
RAF Mildenhall, together with its sister base RAF Lakenheath, have the largest United States Air Force presence in the United Kingdom.

Lakenheath

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Royal Air Force Lakenheath or RAF Lakenheath is a Royal Air Force station near the town of Lakenheath in Suffolk, England, 4.7 mi north-east of Mildenhall and 8.3 mi west of Thetford.
Lakenheath is host to the largest USAF base in the United Kingdom, RAF Lakenheath.

A1065 road

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One T-2 was on the technical site, the other hangars to the east across the Mildenhall-Brandon road (A1065) were reached by taxiways.
After 3.5 mi, the large United States Air Force base at RAF Lakenheath is reached.

Third Air Force

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Control of Lakenheath was allocated to the Third Air Force at RAF South Ruislip, which had command of SAC B-29 operations in England.
48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom (F-15C/D, F-15E, HH-60)

No. 199 Squadron RAF

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On 21 June 1943, No. 199 Squadron was established as a second Stirling squadron.
The squadron reformed at RAF Blyton on 7 November 1942 equipped with the Vickers Wellington, after a few months the squadron moved to RAF Lakenheath and was re-equipped with the Short Stirling heavy-bomber.

United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa

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The host wing is the 48th Fighter Wing (48 FW), also known as the Liberty Wing, assigned to United States Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA).
SAC also deployed B-29s to the United Kingdom where they were rotated through RAF Marham, RAF Waddington, RAF Scampton and RAF Lakenheath.

2d Bomb Wing

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(TDY From the 2d Bombardment Wing, Hunter AFB, Georgia)
The 2d Bomb Wing assumed the assets of the 307th Bombardment Group, which had been deployed to the base from MacDill Air Force Base, Florida; and the 2d Bombardment Group, which had returned from a deployment to RAF Lakenheath, England.

RAF Greenham Common

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The 3909th moved to RAF Greenham Common in Berkshire during 1954, and was replaced by the 3910th Air Base Group.Known SAC units which deployed to RAF Lakenheath on temporary duty (TDY) were: The increasing tension of the Cold War lead to a re-evaluation of these deployments, and by 1953 SAC bombers began to move its heavy bomb groups further west, behind RAF fighter forces, to RAF Brize Norton, RAF Greenham Common, RAF Upper Heyford and RAF Fairford, while its shorter-range B-47 were sent to East Anglia.
In the post-Second World War years, the United States Strategic Air Command was based at three major airfields in eastern England: RAF Lakenheath, RAF Marham and RAF Sculthorpe.

RAF Upper Heyford

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The increasing tension of the Cold War lead to a re-evaluation of these deployments, and by 1953 SAC bombers began to move its heavy bomb groups further west, behind RAF fighter forces, to RAF Brize Norton, RAF Greenham Common, RAF Upper Heyford and RAF Fairford, while its shorter-range B-47 were sent to East Anglia.
The first SAC aircraft to be based at UH were the 15 B-50Ds of the 328th Bombardment Squadron, which arrived in December 1951, whilst the other three-squadrons of the 93rd Bombardment Wing were deployed to RAF Lakenheath.

RAF Brize Norton

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The increasing tension of the Cold War lead to a re-evaluation of these deployments, and by 1953 SAC bombers began to move its heavy bomb groups further west, behind RAF fighter forces, to RAF Brize Norton, RAF Greenham Common, RAF Upper Heyford and RAF Fairford, while its shorter-range B-47 were sent to East Anglia.
By 1950 elements of Strategic Air Command (SAC) were based at RAF Lakenheath, RAF Marham, and RAF Sculthorpe.

RAF Fairford

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The increasing tension of the Cold War lead to a re-evaluation of these deployments, and by 1953 SAC bombers began to move its heavy bomb groups further west, behind RAF fighter forces, to RAF Brize Norton, RAF Greenham Common, RAF Upper Heyford and RAF Fairford, while its shorter-range B-47 were sent to East Anglia.
The Airmen of the 501st CSW focus on units that, by their nature, are separated from main operating stations of RAFs Mildenhall and Lakenheath.

43d Air Refueling Squadron

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*43d Air Refueling Squadron (21 March 1953 – 5 June 1953) (KC-97)
Deployed 21 Mar-5 Jun 1953 to RAF Lakenheath, England.

2d Operations Group

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In July, B-29 Superfortresses of the SAC 2nd Bombardment Group were deployed to Lakenheath for a 90-day temporary deployment.
Deployed at RAF Lakenheath, England, 10 August-c. 22 November 1948

RAF Sculthorpe

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By 1950, Lakenheath was one of three main operating bases for the SAC in the UK, the others being RAF Marham and RAF Sculthorpe both in Norfolk.
During the spring and summer of 1983, units of the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing deployed to RAF Sculthorpe because their home station, RAF Lakenheath was having its runway resurfaced.

492d Fighter Squadron

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492d Tactical Fighter Squadron (LR, blue colours)
The 492d Fighter Squadron is part of the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, England.

493d Fighter Squadron

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493d Tactical Fighter Squadron (LS, yellow colours)
The 493d Fighter Squadron, nicknamed "The Grim Reapers", is part of the United States Air Force's 48th Fighter Wing located at RAF Lakenheath, England.

494th Fighter Squadron

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494th Tactical Fighter Squadron (LT, red colours)
The 494th Fighter Squadron is part of the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, England.

301st Air Refueling Wing

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*301st Bombardment Wing (28 June 1950 – 28 November 1950) (B-29)
RAF Lakenheath, England, May–December 1950

Lockheed U-2

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On 30 April 1956, two Lockheed U-2s were airlifted to Lakenheath to form CIA Detachment A. The first flight of the U-2 was on 21 May.
The British government in January 1956 approved the U-2's deployment from RAF Lakenheath.

Boeing B-47 Stratojet

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A succession of bombardment squadrons and wings, thirty-three in all, rotated through Lakenheath, the B-29s giving way to the improved Boeing B-50 Superfortresses and subsequently, in June 1954, Boeing B-47 Stratojets.
On 27 July 1956, a B-47 of the 307th Bombardment Wing crashed at RAF Lakenheath killing its crew and causing a near nuclear accident when the aircraft hit a storage igloo containing three MK-6 nuclear weapons.

Nevada Test and Training Range (military unit)

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*98th Bombardment Wing (12 November 1955 – 28 January 1956) (B-47, KC-97)
The wing deployed to RAF Lakenheath, England from 11 November 1955 to 29 January 1956.

1986 United States bombing of Libya

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F-111s from the 48th TFW participated in 1986 United States bombing of Libya in 1986.
Eighteen F-111F strike aircraft of the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing, flying from RAF Lakenheath and supported by four EF-111A Ravens of the 20th Tactical Fighter Wing from RAF Upper Heyford in England, in conjunction with fifteen A-6, A-7, F/A-18 attack aircraft and EA-6B Prowler Electronic Warfare Aircraft from the aircraft carriers USS Saratoga, USS America and USS Coral Sea on station in the Gulf of Sidra, struck five targets at 02:00 on 15 April, with the stated objectives of sending a message and reducing Libya's ability to support and train terrorists.

1956 Atlantic R6D-1 disappearance

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On 10 October 1956, a United States Navy Douglas R6D-1 Liftmaster disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean after departure from RAF Lakenheath for a flight to Lajes Field in the Azores.
The R6D-1 – the U.S. Navy version of the United States Air Force C-118 Liftmaster and the civilian Douglas DC-6B airliner – was carrying a crew of nine and 50 passengers on a scheduled Military Air Transport Service flight from RAF Lakenheath, England, to Lajes Field in the Azores on 10 October 1956 when it disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean about 590 km (370 miles) southwest of Land’s End, England, at approximately 22:10.