Gallery: Long and proud history of Wattisham Airfield, which was used from the Second World War, to be documented in new film

The unveiling of a restored Hawker Hunter jet (old Black Arrows plane) at Wattisham Airfield

The unveiling of a restored Hawker Hunter jet (old Black Arrows plane) at Wattisham Airfield - Credit: Archant

The long history of a military base – which includes the Second World War and Cold War – is to be recorded in a new film.

Wattisham Airfield has played a significant role in protecting the UK since it was launched in 1939. Since then it has been a key RAF base during the Cold War and, today, has an integral role with the Army Air Corps.

The documentary is at an early stage but Maggie Aggiss, curator of the base’s museum, said a producer was already on board.

The 56-year-old said the idea for the film came from Keith Rimmer, a member of the Wattisham Station Heritage Museum.

“The early years, the wartime years are going to be based on my book called Wattisham Aerodrome at War,” she said.

“But the film is going to be like an exhibit in its own right. Wattisham is unique – it has been at the forefront of aviation technology since the war, so it would be unfair of me to pinpoint a particular time to focus on. What would be great if people with memories of Wattisham Airfield get in touch.” Mrs Aggiss did point out that no current Army operations would be filmed but references would be made to the role the base has played in recent years.

The United States Air Force used the base for their Mustang and Lightning fighters in the final years of the Second World War.


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But before then RAF Bristol Blenheim bombers flew from the airfield. During the Cold War, aircraft including the Meteor night fighter, Hawker Hunter, Gloster Javelin and English Electric Lightning were based there.

The final aircraft at the base before the Army took over in 1993 was the McDonnell Douglas Phantom fighter bomber.

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To contact Mrs Aggiss, email maggieaggiss@hotmail.com

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