In Reach Of The Skies's Airfields Posts

Since it is a bank holiday the weather was obviously not grand and certainly not as good as the last couple of days but we decided to take a chance and make the…

RAF Boulmer on the Northumberland coast was basically a decoy field in WWII to draw German attacks from other nearby airfields. It also served as training base…

Newchurch Advanced Landing Ground on Romney Marsh came in to being in July 1943. There were no hard runways just mesh laid on the existing surface. It was…

This Essex airfield was one of the last airfields completed for the US 8th Air Force. It was to be a bomber base but seems never to have been occupied and was…

Built in 1941 RAF Graveley became an operational Pathfinder base in 1942 using Halifax IIIs before re-equipping with Lancasters in 1944. Mosquitos of eight…

Deopham Green in Norfolk opened in 1944 and was host to the USAAF 452nd Bombardment Group (Heavy) and their B-17s. Although the airfield was closed by 1948…

Bodney airfield in Norfolk was initially a RAF field but later handed over to the USAAF and was best known as home to the 352nd Fighter Group and the ‘Blue…

Also known as RAF Little Onn, Wheaton Aston airfield in Staffordshire was built in 1940 and became one of the biggest training areas for RAF air crew in WWII.…

Kings Cliffe airfield is in Northants and I went for a look at the remains. The airfield originally opened in 1941 as a satellite to Wittering and was initially…

Banff was built as a Coastal Command airfield in 1942 and officially opened on 21 April 1943. It served in a training role for a year and then became home to…

This was a relief landing ground for RAF Dalcross (now Inverness Airport) and opened in 1941. It only ever had grass runways although there were proper…

Spilsby opened towards the end of 1943 as home to 207 squadron and later 44 (Rhodesia) squadron. It saw little use after WWII and was dismantled in the 60s and…

Fiskerton in Lincolnshire was another Fido equipped airfield that was home to the Lancasters of 49 and 576 squadrons. As I Found very little remains today…

Bardney in Lincolnshire opened in 1943 as a satellite to RAF Waddington and was primarily home to 9 Squadron. They left in July 1945 and the airfield closed…

Ludford Magna in Lincolnshire became operational in June 1943 and was home to 101 squadron Lancasters. It was another FIDO equipped airfield. Following the war…

Metheringham in Lincolnshire was a FIDO equipped bomber airfield that was home to Lancasters, primarily of 106 Squadron. It ceased operations in early 1946. I…

A little along the coast from Beachy Head is RAF Friston. There is really nothing there now to indicate that this used to be an airfield but there are a couple…

Ludham in Norfolk was a satellite to RAF Coltishall and opened in November 1941. It operated eight different Spitfire squadrons and two of Typhoons and for a…

Swannington in Norfolk did not open until 1944 and the RAF had left by 1947 so it had a short service life. As an active field its main claim was as host to…

In 1940 Sutton Bridge became home to the second RAF Spitfire squadron, the first of course being at Duxford. Later the base was home to the Central Gunnery…
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