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2006 (© Paul Grant)
RAF Winkleigh airfield
Airfield Today:
Agriculture, plans for power station on part of airfield site
Tower Type:
Watch Office for Night Fighter Stations 15684/41
Tower:
Was used as a house but now derelict
Other Buildings:
Not known
History:
Work started in 1940 as a Coastal Command airfield but not completed until the end of 1942. Opened for Fighter Command 01/01/43 but saw little use and put on Care and Maintenance 08/43.
10/43 to 02/44, Used by various 9th USAAF Squadrons.
04/44 to 09/44, 406 Sqn Beaufighter and Mosquito night fighters from Exeter, moved to Colerne.
04/44 to ?, 286 Sqn with Defiants and Hurricanes.
05/44 to 07/44, 415 Sqn Albacores, moved to Manston.
07/44, 161 Sqn
special duties Lysanders.
11/44 to 08/45, Transferred to 23 Group, Flying Training Command with Norwegian Flying School Harvards from Canada, moved to Norway. Airfield then closed for flying and sold 12/58.
RAF Winkleigh
1989 (© Andrew Ayers)
RAF Winkleigh airfield
Airfield:
Operational Fighter, Flying Training
Opened:
01/01/1943
Closed:
12/1958
Code:
WK
USAAF Station:
460
Runways:
2x - concrete, tarmac
Hangars:
1x - T2, 8x - Blister
County:
Devon
Location:
9 miles N of Okehampton
OS Ref:
SS620095
©:
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RAF Winkleigh
2006 (© Paul Grant)
2002 (© Clive Perry)
RAF Winkleigh
2004 (© Nick Lipscomb)
RAF Winkleigh airfield
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