In defiance of the late July torrential rain, a group of seventeen intrepid enthusiasts joined us on Friday 24th July as we led  a walk through history at RAF Rattlesden, home to the 447th Bomb Group during WW2

We’d hoped that a summer’s evening would give us the chance to have an atmospheric evening walk in the unique landscape of a World War Two airfield. The weather was certainly unexpected and made for an adventure of a different kind!

Although the route was shortened, the walk made for an interesting journey through the WW2 and Cold War history of this forgotten site nestled in the Suffolk countryside.We explored the later’s Bloodhound missile site and learned about how the pilots and bombardiers trained at the Bomber teacher and Link trainer buildings.

We would like to say a big thank you to the local landowners who gave us permission to access their land, Rattlesden Gliding Club who supported the walk and kindly opened up the Control Tower on the day,  and all those who came along to share the evening with us. Thank you.

We hope the gallery below provides an insight into the walk’s highlights.

The walk was part of the British Festival of Archaeology . Throughout the festival fortnight we held a number of archaeology events across the region. From exhibitions, excavation tours, airfield walks, building recording and training events we hope there was something for everyone.

You can find out more about our other festival activities here.

We will be hosting more walks in the near future. If you would like to volunteer to help us deliver these community events, or would like to be kept informed of our upcoming activities, why not drop us a line for further information ?