Control Tower


Control Tower


The Control Tower was a standard feature at all 8th Air Force bases during WWII.

All missions were orchestrated from the Control Tower, and it was situated adjacent the runways. Here, HQ staff "sweated out the mission" - keeping tabs on its every movement until the bombers returned. From the balcony, HQ staff hoped to count in the same number returning as departed that morning.

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Control tower at Shipdham.
Call sign was Pathway.

Shipdham's control tower was a hive of activity on mission days
Waiting for lead pilot outside the control tower

James Loftus direct bombers back to hardstands as they land
Board has a plan of the field and each hard stand is numbered
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