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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
Current
condition
Closed
Current
owner
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.

HistoryEdit

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]

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CitationsEdit

BibliographyEdit

  • 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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