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RAF Bibury

Ensign of the Royal Air Force

Located Near Bibury, Gloucestershire, England
Type Royal Air Force station
Coordinates Latitude: 51.7813889
Longitude: -1.8361111
Built 1939
In use 1940–1945
Air Ministry
Controlled by Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Occupants RAF Training Command
RAF Fighter Command
Battles/wars Second World War

RAF Bibury is a former Royal Air Force station located north east of Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England.


The airfield was built in 1939 for use as a relief landing ground for training aircraft from nearby RAF South Cerney. In the Battle of Britain the airfield was used to base detachments of fighter aircraft.[1] Hawker Hurricanes of 87 Squadron arrived on detachment in August 1940. They were replaced by a detachment from 92 Squadron with the Supermarine Spitfire until September when the 87 Squadron detachment returned until the end of the year.[1] During the Battle of Britain the airfield had very few buildings and a grass runway.[1] The airfield was not used for flying after 1944 and was the base of a maintenance unit until it closed in 1945.

RAF unitsEdit

Unit Dates Aircraft Variant Notes
No. 87 Squadron RAF 1940 Hawker Hurricane I Detached from RAF Exeter.[2]

See alsoEdit




  • Jefford MBE, Wg Cdr C G (1988). RAF Squadrons. A comprehensive record of the movement and equipment of all RAF squadrons and their antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury: Airlife. ISBN 1-85310-053-6. 

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