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1956 (© via Craig Willis)
Thornaby airfield
Airfield Today:
Housing, industry
Tower Type:
Watch Office TY/1214 (unique to Thornaby?)
Other Buildings:
Some remain near the original main entrance. The 1945 site plan states that this airfield had an underground Battle HQ but that it had been demolished, also that building no. 254 (type 3951/42) was a Pigeon Loft!
Area used as a landing ground by 36 Sqn during the First World War.
1927-28 airfield built.
03/30 to ?, 608 Sqn formed here as an Auxiliary Air Force light bomber Sqn with Westland Wapitis. 1/37 became a fighter Sqn with Hawker Demons and /39 a convoy escort Sqn with Ansons, Blenheims, then Hampdens.
03/36 to /36, No. 9 FTS formed here with Hawker Harts, moved to Hullavington. /37 to 9/38, 224 Sqn from Boscombe Down and 233 Sqn from Tangmere with Ansons, moved to Leuchars. Also used by 106 and 185 Sqns with Battles and Hampdens.
09/39 to 04/41, Airfield transferred to Coastal Command with 220 Sqn Hudsons. 01/41 to 04/42, No. 9 Beam Approach Training Flight formed here, 11/41 renamed 1509 BAT flight, moved to Church Lawford.
03/41 to 05/41, 114 Sqn Bomber Command with Blenheim bombers.
07/41 to 10/41, 143 Sqn Beaufighters.
07/41 to 03/43, No. 6 OTU formed here with Hudsons, moved to Silloth.
03/43 to 10/43, No. 1 OTU from Silloth with Hudsons.
01/43 to 05/43, 401 Sqn Spitfires and from 05/43 to 08/43, 306 Sqn Spitfires.
10/43 to 11/43 and 03/44 to 05/44, Air Sea Rescue Training Unit with Warwicks.
11/43 to 06/44, Warwick Training Unit from Bircham Newton.
11/43 to 02/44, 281 Sqn re-formed here with Warwicks, moved to Tiree.
10/43 to 05/44, 280 Sqn with Ansons then Warwicks, returned 11/45 to 06/46.
10/44 to 09/45, 279 Sqn from Bircham Newton with Hudsons then Warwicks.
07/46 to 03/57, 608 Sqn re-formed here with Mosquito nightfighters then Spitfires and Vampires.
/54 to 10/57, 275 Sqn ASR from Linton-on-Ouse with Sycamore helicopters, moved to Leconfield.
09/57 to 10/58, 92 Sqn Hawker Hunters from Middleton St George.
Thornaby control tower, if you have a better photo please let me know! 1950's
(© from the book 'Thornaby Aerodrome and Wartime Memories' by David Brown via Stephen Legg)
RAF Station
ASR, Coastal and Bomber Command
ID Code:
USAAF Station:
Grass then 3 concrete
1x - Bellman, 2x - C Type, 2x - Aeroplane
2 miles SW of Middlesborough
OS Ref:
Photographs © as stated
Thornaby airfield 1928-58
RAF Thornaby airfield
RAF Thornaby control tower + airfield = © robert truman 2004