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RAF Bradwell Bay
Ensign of the Royal Air Force
IATA: none – ICAO: none
Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex
Built 1940 (1940)
In use 1941-1946 (1946)
Elevation AMSL 30 ft / 9 m
Coordinates 51°44′07″N 000°54′06″E / 51.73528°N 0.90167°E / 51.73528; 0.90167Coordinates: 51°44′07″N 000°54′06″E / 51.73528°N 0.90167°E / 51.73528; 0.90167
Essex UK location map
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RAF Bradwell Bay
Location in Essex
Direction Length Surface
ft m
04/22 0 0 Concrete
10/28 0 0 Concrete
16/34 0 0 Concrete

RAF Bradwell Bay is a former Royal Air Force station located 9.5 miles (15.3 km) east of Maldon, Essex, England and 3.1 miles (5.0 km) south west of West Mersea, Essex.


The airfield was first used as grass landing strip for the nearby firing ranges before being turned into a RAF station with concrete runways and hangars.[1] The station is unique as it was the only fighter station where the Fog Investigation and Dispersal Operation (FIDO) was used.[2]

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Current useEdit

Part of the site is currently being used by the Bradwell nuclear power station. Several of the hangers are still used as storage by the local farmers and the control tower is now a private house. Agricultural buildings, built in the 70's and 80's on runways one and two, are now home to several local businesses. [18]

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