The 501st Combat Support Wing provides world-class combat support to enable intelligence, communications, and global strike operations. The diverse mission portfolio of the 501st CSW includes the maintenance and operation of a bomber forward operating location; theater munitions movements and storage capabilities, global command and control communications capabilities to three combatant commanders, a communications access site, and support for theater intelligence operations. Supporting mission partners from the NATO Joint Warfare Centre at Stavanger, U.S. European Command, U.S. Africa Command, and NATO intelligence analysis units at RAF Molesworth, and Air Force Global Strike Command at RAF Fairford and RAF Welford, the wing provide support to nearly 70 different U.S. military and government agencies throughout the United Kingdom and Norway.
RAF Alconbury began as a satellite base for nearby RAF Wyton during the early days of World War II. The first American unit at Alconbury was the 93d Bombardment Group and its B-24 Liberators. The 93d BG flew Eighth Air Force’s first operational B-24 mission to the continent, attacking the Lille Steelworks in Belgium. The major unit from 1942 to 1945 was the 482d Bomb Group, part of the famous Pathfinders.
In May 2005, the 423d realigned and became the 423d Air Base Group with a new parent wing formed at the same time, the 501st Combat Support Wing at RAF Mildenhall. At the same time, four squadrons formed under the 423d – services, civil engineer, air base and security forces squadrons. A fifth – 423d Medical Squadron – was formed in January 2007. In May 2007, the 501st CSW moved to RAF Alconbury.
The U.S. European Command Joint Analysis Center began operations at RAF Molesworth in October 1991, and the 423d Air Base Squadron activated in July 1995.
We are a joint-services base with a military population of approximately 6,000 including family members.
East Anglia is made up of the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk. The region has a population of 5.4 million.
RAF Alconbury / RAF Molesworth is a joint-services base consisting of active duty military, DoD civilians, contractors, reservists, including geographically separated units.
RAF Alconbury is located in the village of Great Stukeley, Cambridgeshire, East Anglia region of the United Kingdom. Nearby villages include Little Stukeley, Brampton, and Alconbury Weston, nearby cities include Huntingdon, Peterborough, and Cambridge. RAF Molesworth is located 14 miles west of RAF Alconbury and 11 miles northwest of Huntingdon.