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1993 (© via Paul Francis)
Baginton - Coventry airport
Airfield Today:
Coventry Airport
Tower Type:
1. Wartime RAF Watch Office in Hangar 1, replaced in the 1950s by:
2. Converted Great
Western Railway signal box
3. Modern ATC building
Tower:
1. Replaced by:
2.
Demolished 1996
3. In use
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
1935, Planned as a Civil Airport for Coventry, to be sited alongside the Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft factory which built Whitley bombers from 1937 to 06/1943.
08/1942 to /1948, Lancasters then Lincolns built here. AW also used manufacturing and airfield runways at Bitteswell. Post war manufactured Meteor, Sea Hawk, Hunters and Argosy aircraft, factory closed 07/1965.
09/1939 to , No 1 Camouflage Unit formed here.
09/1940 to 08/1941, No 9 Fighter Group HQ formed here with 308 (Polish) Squadron Hurricanes from Speke. Converted to Spitfires before moving to Chilbolton 05/1941.
03/1941 to 05/1941, No. 403 Squadron formed here with Tomahawks, moved to Ternhill.
06/1941 to /1941, No. 79, 135, 457 and 605 Squadrons here at various times.

Airfield used post war by many civil operators, now home to Air Atlantique and the Midland Air Museum.
RAF Baginton - Coventry airfield control tower
The GWR signal box used as a control tower 1964 (© Harry Holmes)
RAF Baginton - Coventry airfield control tower
Airfield:
Operational fighte, aircraft factory, civil airport
Opened:
/1935
Closed:
ID Code:
NG
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
Grass, 1960 single mile long runway,
Hangars:
2x - Bellman
County:
Warwickshire
Location:
3 miles SE of Coventry
OS Ref:
SP346748
Links:
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Photographs © copyright as stated
Baginton - Coventry airport
1996 (© Robert Davies)
1982 (© Mark Harris)
RAF Baginton - Coventry airfield control tower
RAF Baginton - Coventry airfield +control tower: www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2003 - Baginton - Coventry -