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c.1945 (© via Steve Ward)
Clifton airfield
Airfield Today:
Now a retail shopping village and housing
Tower Type:
1. Civil Clubhouse
2. Watch Office for All Commands 12779/41 with small windows to 343/43
Tower:
Both demolished
Other Buildings:
Hangar site to south
History:
1936, Opened as a civil aerodrome by York City Corporation with Yorkshire Aviation Services Ltd. Consisted of grass airfield, clubhouse and one hangar.
9/39 the airfield and aircraft were requisitioned by the RAF as an RLG for Bomber Command at Linton-on-Ouse. 12/39, Army Co-operation Command, 4 Sqn with Lysanders 8/40 to 3/43.
1941 48 MU here as main Halifax bomber repair base. Three runways were built 1941/42, partly on Clifton Moor, leading to the airfield being known as Clifton, along with the alternative names of Rawcliffe and York.
28-29/4/42, major Luftwaffe attack on York and the airfield was badly damaged.
12/42, 169 Army Co-operation Sqn, 613 Sqn Mustangs.
3/43 to 4/43, 809 Squadron Fleet Air Arm with Seafires.
6/43 to 5/45, transferred to RAF Fighter Command. Squadrons here at various times, 657, 658, 659.

Post-war, 48 MU scrapped over half the remaining Halifax fleet here, RAF left 1946.
Returned to civillian flying the airfield remained in use until the 1950s when sold to York Corporation for housing. By the late 1980s most of the buildings had gone but the runways remained, part of the site also used as a golf driving range. The whole area has now been rebuilt and none of the main site remains.
Gun Butts to North of airfield site, 1988 Left, 2002 Right (© Robert Truman)
 
1988
 
RAF Station
Airfield:
Forward Airfield
Opened:
4/7/1936
Closed:
1946
ID Code:
?
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
grass then 3 concrete built 1941/42
Hangars:
1 civil hanger, 1 T1 and 12 Blister
County:
Yorkshire
Location:
Now northern part of York city
OS Ref:
SE590550
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All photos © Robert Truman
View south-west across the main runway (all above taken 1988 © Robert Truman)
RAF Clifton airfield
RAF Clifton - Rawcliffe - York airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2001