Former radar operations building at historic Lavenham Airfield goes up for sale
PUBLISHED: 13:27 25 June 2019 | UPDATED: 13:27 25 June 2019
The remains of the building which played a key part in missions at the World War Two American Air Base near Lavenham, has gone on the market estate agents, Bedfords
The Lavenham airfield near Alpheton, off the A134, was in operation from March 1944 to August 1945, and was the base for the US Army Air Force 487 Bombardment Group.
This flew 185 missions and more than six thousand sorties in that time, dropping 14,641 tonnes of explosive shells. The radar and radio operations building, is now derelict, although the remains of the listening booths are still evident.
The site of 1.3 acres has planning permission to turn part of the footprint of the building into a museum, and to consolidate the remainder. The go ahead has also been given by the local authority for two holiday let units to be built on the land.
Paul Bedford from Bedfords said, "It's an exciting opportunity to take on such a historic site with a theme so many people are passionate about. Nearby Lavenham is a popular tourist destination and this could be a perfectly placed project to embrace."
Little remains of the original airfield, much of which has now reverted to arable farmland, although the control tower has been preserved along with some areas of hard standing from the runways which are now used for agricultural purposes.
This year a campaign is underway by the Friends of Lavenham Airfield to raise money for a permanent memorial, to commemorate the pivotal role the airfield played in WWII, along with all those who died. The memorial has been designed to be seen from the ground as well as the air.
The former radar radio operations site near Lavenham is now on the market with Bedfords on 01284 769999 for £195,000