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The base opened as a Bomber Command satellite to Watton. and was home to 21, 82, 90 and 105 squadrons. 90 Sqn were the first RAF Squadron to fly the new Fortress Mk1s on operations.

The base was transferred to 8th USAAF in May 1943, being home to the 352nd FG from July 1943 flying P-47D Thunderbolts. Later converting to P-51 Mustangs in April 1944.

The 8th USAAF top scoring P-51 ace, Major George Preddy (27 victories) was based at Bodney until his death 25th December 44. The control tower was badly damaged by a mustang in a flying accident on D-Day and was later rebuilt.

The Group left for the USA in November 1945 and the station closed.

Squadrons stationed at RAF Bodney

  • No. 21 Squadron
  • no. 82 Squadron 1st Oct 1940 to 18 Apr 1941 & 3 May 1941 to 30 Jun 1942
  • No. 90 Squadron
  • No. 105 Squadron
  • 352nd Fighter Group. July 1943 to Nov 1945


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List of those who served here.

  • Albert Victor Message Farns. 82 sqd. (d. 4th April 1941) Read his Story
  • Norman Augustus Geer. 82 sqd. (d. 4th April 1941) Read his Story
  • Sargeant William Watson Fox. 82 sqd. (d. 4th April 1941) Read his Story

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