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RAF Barford St John

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Part of United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE)
Located near Bloxham Oxfordshire, England
Type Military Airfield
Coordinates Latitude:
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Location code BJ
Built 1941
In use RAF 1941–46,
USAF 1951–present
Controlled by Royal Air Force
United States Air Force
Garrison RAF Bomber Command
Air Force Communications Service
United States Air Forces in Europe
Battles/wars

European Theatre of World War II
Air Offensive, Europe July 1942 - May 1945

RAF Barford St John is located in Oxfordshire
RAF Station Barford St John, shown within Oxfordshire

Royal Air Force Station Barford St John or RAF Barford St John is a Royal Air Force station just north of the village of Barford St. John, Oxfordshire, England. It is now a non-flying facility, operated by the United States Air Force as a communications centre with many large communications aerials, and is a satellite of RAF Croughton.

History[edit | edit source]

RAF Station Barford St John was opened on 30 July 1941 as a training facility for RAF Flying Training Command. It had three grass runways, used primarily by Airspeed Oxfords of No 15 Service Flying Training School from RAF Kidlington. The airfield was closed in late 1941 and rebuilt as an RAF Bomber Command airfield with paved runways and equipped for night operations.

The airfield reopened in December 1942 as a satellite for RAF Upper Heyford. Bomber Command and No 16 Operational Training Unit was stationed there with Vickers Wellingtons until December 1944. No 1655 Mosquito Training Unit replaced the Wellingtons and the unit was renamed No 16 OTU in January 1945 when it moved to RAF Cottesmore. In 1943 the station served as flight test centre for its Gloster E.28/39 and Gloster Meteor jet aircraft[1] from RAF Brockworth.

After the war the airfield was closed in 1946 and placed into care and maintenance.

The site was used as the airfield in the 1949 film Twelve O'Clock High.

USAF use[edit | edit source]

In 1951[1] the United States Air Force opened a communications (transmitter) centre on the airfield, reporting to the 2130th Communications Squadron (UK Communications Region) at RAF Croughton.

Given its postwar use by the military, all its runways, perimeter track and hardstands still exist. Unfortunately the World War II buildings have been removed, being replaced by modern buildings on the airfield, secured and guarded with fencing and other security devices.

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