Haunted: Rougham Airfield, Suffolk
Stewart | On 26, Jun 2017
The Hauntings at Rougham Airfield
Just north of Rougham village you’ll find an airfield which was once used by the USAAF Eighth Air Force during the Second World War.
After the war some of the airfield was returned for agriculture use, some was turned into an industrial estate and the remaining grass runways were made available for civil use.
The control tower was used as a private dwelling for many years but today it’s now a museum.
There’s a ghost story from 1945 about an American serviceman called L’il Butch whose aircraft was shot down during a bombing raid over Germany…
Apparently, his comrades saw his ghostly apparition a couple of months after he was killed wandering around the base as if he’d just returned from a mission!
But it’s really from the 1970s onwards that paranormal activity at the airfield started to become more noticeable.
The sound of phantom aircraft taking off, eerie voices and the sightings of ghostly apparitions of American servicemen walking around the old base have all been reported…
One in particular is of a distressed pilot who rang out of fuel and crashed his plane at the base.
In the dead of night, his spirit is heard crying out…
‘Why wouldn’t you let us land?’
Pete Jennings (2010) Haunted Suffolk. The History Press