Tarrant Rushton
site map
airfield listing
usaaf listing
contact me
1981 Andrew Ayers)
RAF Tarrant Rushton airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture
Tower Type:
Watch Office for All Commands 12779/41, with medium front windows to 343/43, visual control room added postwar
Tower:
Demolished 1981
Other Buildings:
T2 hangar
History:
11/43, 298 Sqn formed here with Halifax towing tugs for Horsa gliders. 03/44, 644 Squadron formed here. 190, 196 and 620 Squadrons used the airfield for SOE supply drops in France. Horsa and Hamilcar gliders towed from here on D-Day and again during Market Garden. Sqns requipped with Halifax IIIs again on SOE drops in Europe and then glider towing during the Rhine crossing.
Postwar 298 Squadron went to the Far East and 644 to the Middle East.
11/45 to 09/46, 190, 295, 644, Sqnuadrons here, airfield then on care and maintenance.
06/48 to 1980, Flight Refuelling Ltd moved here from Ford, refuelling and servicing aircraft.
08/52 to 06/54, 210 AFS formed here training with Meteors. The RAF later extended the airfield as a V-bomber standby base but it was never used.
RAF Tarrant Rushton airfield
1980 Andrew Ayers)
RAF Tarrant Rushton airfield
Airfield:
Glider towing and Transport
Opened:
11/1943
Closed:
30/09/1980
ID Code:
TK
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
3x - concrete, wood chips
Hangars:
4x - T2
County:
Dorset
Location:
4 miles E of Blandford
OS Ref:
ST946058
Links:
©:
Photographs © copyright as stated
Tarrant Rushton airfield
2003 Shaun Churchill)
RAF Tarrant Rushton airfield
RAF Tarrant Rushton control tower + airfield = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2003 - tarrant Rushton -