Used by the USAAF in WW2 as a Base Aircraft Depot and available to the USAF as a Strategic Air Command base.
all content supplied by Steve Balfour who says
The (third) tower design was unusual and was a USA style affair. Most of the buildings were still there when Steve arrived at EGCC in 1980. Occasionally, a US Army helicopter would come out, usually free calling EGCC Approach climbing to 3000′, which was interesting, especially when CC were on 06 and ‘GP were on 27.
The site was also the location of one of the nine M/F Radio Ranges that defined the shape of the U.K. airways system. Steve has added a map from ‘Flight’ from July 1950, and a copy of a 1960s AERAD extract from Jon Wornham’s IOM site.
There appears to have been three towers.
Barry Davidson sent the next two photos
and reminds us that there is a flourishing Burtonwood association and heritage centre
and also recommends this book which includes interior ATC photos