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1980 (© Andrew Ayers)
RAF Charmy Down airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture
Tower Type:
Watch Office for Night Fighter stations, FCW4514
Tower:
Derelict
Other Buildings:
Many
History:
11/40 to 08/41, 87 Sqn with Hurricane nightfighters, 87 Sqn returned 01/42 to 01/43, Hurricanes used in conjuction with 1454 Flight (533 Sqn) Turbinlite Havocs in an attempt to intercept and illuminate Luftwaffe night bombers.
02/41 to 11/41, 137 Sqn formed here with
Westland Whirlwind fighters.

08/41 to 01/42, 263 Sqn with Whirlwinds.
08/41 to 09/41, 125 Sqn with Defiant nightfighters.
Many Sqns here 1941-43, including 88, 107, 234, 245, 417 and 421.
02/43 to 08/43, Fighter Leaders School from Chedworth, moved to Aston Down.
12/43 to 10/44, Used by the IXth USAAF as 4th Tactical Air Depot during the build up to D-Day, including servicing of P-38 and P-51Bs, moved to Kingston Bagpuize from 02/44 onwards.
03/44 to 05/44, 422nd, 423rd and 425th Night Fighter Squadrons, 9th USAAF here awaiting Northrop P-61 Black Widow nightfighters, but no P-61s were based here. Sqns continued training here and at other RAF Stations.
422nd and 425th NFS moved to Scorton for nightfighter training on P-61s with the RAF.
423rd NFS assigned to 10th Photo Reconaissance Group and moved to Chalgrove to form a night photographic unit on A-20 Havocs.
/44 to 09/44, IXth USAAF Troop Carrier Service Wing here, also flew secret missons to Europe.
10/44 to /45, 23 Group Flying Training Command with Oxfords, satellite to South Cerney.
01/46 to 10/46, 92 Gliding School, ATC. Also used as Personnel Resettlement Centre for Australian troops.
RAF Charmy Down - 422nd NFS - 423rd NFS - 425th NFS -
2006 (© Bob Clarke)
RAF Charmy Down airfield
Airfield:
Flying Training, night fighter, Air Depot, gliding
Opened:
11/1940
Closed:
10/1946
ID Code:
CH
USAAF Station:
487
Runways:
3x - tarmac
Hangars:
1x - Bellman, 12x - Blister
County:
Avon
Location:
3 miles N of Bath
OS Ref:
ST764700
Links:
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All photograhs © copyright as stated
RAF Charmy Down
2002 (© Adam Hansen)
2002 (© Adam Hansen)
2003 (© David Bush)
RAF Charmy Down airfield - 422nd NFS - 423rd NFS - 425th NFS -
RAF Charmy Down airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2003 - 422 NFS - 423 NFS - 425 NFS