RAF Shepherds Grove

Royal Air Force Shepherds Grove or more simply RAF Shepherds Grove is a former Royal Air Force station located in Suffolk, active from 1943–44 to 1966. Shepherds Grove was host to units of the United States Army Air Force, 8th Air Force. During the Cold war it was also one of the 20 Thor IRBM missile bases in the UK, as part of Project Emily.

RAF Shepherds Grove
Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg United States Air Forces in Europe.svg
Near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, in England
RAF Shepherds Grove is located in Suffolk
RAF Shepherds Grove
RAF Shepherds Grove
Shown within Suffolk
Coordinates52°18′55″N 000°55′13″E / 52.31528°N 0.92028°E / 52.31528; 0.92028Coordinates: 52°18′55″N 000°55′13″E / 52.31528°N 0.92028°E / 52.31528; 0.92028
TypeRoyal Air Force station
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
OperatorRoyal Air Force
United States Air Force
Site history
Built1943 (1943)
In use1944-1966 (1966)
Airfield information
Elevation64 metres (210 ft) AMSL
Direction Length and surface
01/19 1,845 metres (6,053 ft) Asphalt
08/26 1,220 metres (4,003 ft) Asphalt
14/32 1,200 metres (3,937 ft) Asphalt


The following units were here at some point:[1]

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ "Shepherd's Grove (Hepworth)". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 12 May 2020.


  • Ravenstein, Charles A., Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947-1977, Office of Air Force History, 1984
  • Endicott, Judy G., USAF Active Flying, Space, and Missile Squadrons as of 1 October 1995. Office of Air Force History
  • Menard, David W., Before Centuries. USAFE Fighters 1948-1959

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