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2002 (© Michael Poynton)
Gaydon airfield
Airfield Today:
Motor industry
Tower Type:
1. Wartime building, type not known
2. Control Tower for V Bomber Stations, built 1955
Tower:
1. Demolished
2. In use
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
07/42 to 08/42, Used as a satellite to Chipping Warden by 12 Operational Training Unit.
09/42 to 07/45, No 22 OTU flying training with Wellington bombers. 22 OTU also flew bombing and air sea rescue operations.
07/45 to 08/46, No 3 Glider Training School from Exeter.
05/46 to 08/46, Glider Instructors Flight from Croughton.
08/46, Airfield closed to flying, rebuilt 1954-55.
01/01/55 to 07/55, 138 Sqn reformed here with Valiants, becoming the first of Britains V-Bomber Stations. Moved to Wittering.
07/55 to 06/65, 232 Operational Conversion Unit formed here with Vickers Valiant and Handley Page Victor V-bombers.
07/55 to 11/55, 543 Sqn reformed here with Valiants, moved to Wyton.
09/65 to 05/70, No 2 Air Navigation School with Varsities, moved to Finningley.
06/70, HQ Central Flying School.
04/72 to 10/74, Airfield on Care and Maintenance until final closure.
RAF Gaydon airfield
 
2003
(© Julian Minns)
 
RAF Gaydon airfield
Airfield:
Bomber Operational Training Unit
Opened:
07/1942
Closed:
10/1974
ID Code:
GD
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
3x - concrete, tarmac
Hangars:
1x - T2, 1x - B1, 1x - 'Gaydon Type'
County:
Warwickshire
Location:
7 miles SE of Leamington
OS Ref:
SP353558
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- Gaydon - Updated 26/11/2013 -