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1991 (© Paul Francis)
RAF Cranfield airfield
Airfield Today:
Cranfield Airport, Cranfield University
Tower Type:
Watch Office with Tower (Fort Type), 1959/34 (brick). Tower later removed and new Control Room built 4698/43 and side extension added.
VCR and outer staircase added post-war.
Tower:
Control Tower still used for Air Traffic Control
Other Buildings:
Many
History:
Opened in No 1 (Bomber) Group. 6/7/37 to 2/38, 108 Sqn with Hinds.
8/7/37 to 8/38, 82 Sqn with Hinds, 3/38 re-equipped with Blenheims.
12/7/37 to 8/39, 62 Sqn with Hinds, 2/38 re-equipped with Blenheims.
8/39, 35 and 207 Sqns with Battles training pilots and observer/air gunners. Sqns amalgamated 1/10/39 as No. 1 Group Pool.
1939-40, Sqns moved out while the Station was rebuilt with new runways.
1940 to 8/41, No. 14 Service Flying Training School with Oxfords.
8/41 to 14/5/45, 51 OTU training night fighter crews with Havocs, Blenheims and later Beaufighters and Mosquitoes.
10/45 to 8/47, Empire Test Pilots School.
1946, College of Aeronautics founded.
2002 (© Edward Lowdell)
RAF Station
Airfield:
Operational Training Unit
Opened:
1/6/1937
RAF closure:
/1952
ID Code:
1944: CX, 1956: VP
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
3, concrete
Hangars:
1x - T3, 4x - C, 9x - Blister
County:
Bedfordshire
Location:
8 miles SW of Bedford
OS Ref:
SP946421
Links:
www.cranfieldairport.co.uk
©:
Photographs © copyright as stated
1958 and 2005 (© Cranfield University via Ian Meadows)
2002 (© Nigel Brooks)
1987 (© Rick Garside)
1946 (© Cranfield University via Ian Meadows)
RAF Cranfield airfield
RAF Cranfield airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2002