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1978 (© Rod Houldsworth via Mike Smith, Newark Air Museum)
RAF Langar airfield control tower
Airfield Today:
Agriculture, airfield, industry, parachuting
Tower Type:
Watch Office with Ops Room for Bomber Satellite Stations, 15898/40, 7344/41, 13079/41
Tower:
Now HQ of British Parachute School based at Langar airfield
Other Buildings:
Many, including technical site, hangars, runways and Avro factory
History:
Opened for No.5 Group Bomber Command.
AVRO workshops here to west of airfield, opened September 1942 repairing and testing Lancasters.
09/1942 to 10/1943, only operational RAF unit was No. 207 Squadron with Lancasters, moved to Spilsby. Station then used for Horsa glider storage.
10/1943, 435th Troop Carrier Group, 9th USAAF arrived with C-47s. 01/1944 to 04/1944, 441st TCG with C-47 and C-53. During this time several hundred US Waco gliders were assembled here. 07/1944 to 09/1944, C-47s of the 441st TCG operated in the 'Market' phase of Operation 'Market Garden' supplying paratroops in the Netherlands.
10/1944 to 03/1945, No. 1669 Heavy Conversion Unit with Halifax and Lancasters.
1951 to 1963, Langar airfield operated by RCAF - Royal Canadian Air Force as part of NATO, the only Canadian base in the UK at this time. 137th (Transport) Flight operated five Bristol Freighters and a Beech C-45. A major unit was the 312th Supply Depot handling spares for F-86 Sabres.

The military airfield closed in 1963 and the AVRO workshops closed in 1968.
RAF Langar airfield control tower
1990 (© Barry H. Abraham via Paul Francis)
RAF Langar airfield control tower
2001 (© Robert Truman)
RAF Langar airfield control tower
Airfield:
Operational
Opened:
09/1942
Closed:
1963
Pundit Code:
LA
USAAF Station:
490
Runways:
3x - concrete, tarmac
Hangars:
2x - T2
County:
Nottinghamshire
Location:
9 miles SE of Nottingham
OS Ref:
SK740335
Links:
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RAF Langar airfield control tower
2001 (© Robert Truman)
RAF Langar airfield control tower
RAF Langar airfield + control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2002 - Langar -
- RAF Langar - updated 14/06/2017 -