Latin: Vires de caelo
("Might from the sky")
Aerial view in 1945
|Owner||Ministry of Defence|
|Operator||Royal Air Force|
|Elevation AMSL||381 ft / 116 m|
Royal Air Force Stradishall or more simply RAF Stradishall is a former Royal Air Force station located 4.7 miles (7.6 km) north east of Haverhill, Suffolk and 9 miles (14 km) south west of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England.
In his memoirs,Murray Peden, a Royal Canadian Air Force pilot, recounts his training at Stradishall. In the RAF's "heavy conversion unit" at the airfield, he and others were trained to fly Short Stirling bombers. He describes in detail his experiences flying there, and the life on the ground of aircrew who were shortly to begin operations over Germany in Bomber Command.
The airfield was home to a number of squadrons during its lifetime:
The airfield closed in 1970 and is now the site of two category C prisons: HMP Highpoint North and HMP Highpoint South. Part of the former airfield remains a Ministry of Defence training site which is not accessible to the public.
The airfield has been sold to a private buyer to be converted into farm land and is out of bounds to the public.
There is a memorial to RAF Stradishall outside Stirling House which was once part of the officers quarters and is now a training unit for the Prison service.