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RAF Breighton
Breighton Airfield
Ensign of the Royal Air Force
Breighton Airfield and Aeroplane Museum.jpg
Breighton Airfield and Aeroplane Museum
IATA: none – ICAO: EGBR
Summary
Owner Air Ministry 1940-1964
Private 1964-Present
Operator Royal Air Force 1940-1964
Private 1964-Present
Location Breighton, East Riding of Yorkshire
Built 1940 (1940)
In use 1942-1964 (1964)
Elevation AMSL 20 ft / 6 m
Coordinates 53°48′07″N 000°54′49″W / 53.80194°N 0.91361°W / 53.80194; -0.91361Coordinates: 53°48′07″N 000°54′49″W / 53.80194°N 0.91361°W / 53.80194; -0.91361
Map
East Riding of Yorkshire UK location map
Airplane silhouette.svg
EGBR
Location in East Riding of Yorkshire
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 0 0 Grass
00/00 0 0 Asphalt
00/00 0 0 Asphalt
00/00 0 0 Asphalt

Royal Air Force Station Breighton or more simply RAF Breighton is a former Royal Air Force station located near to the village of Breighton, East Riding of Yorkshire, England which is now Breighton Airfield.

HistoryEdit

The airfield was built between 1940 and 1942 for No. 1 Group RAF,[1] its first residents were the No. 460 Squadron RAAF.[2] After the Second World War, the airfield was used to store Thor missiles,[3] before finally closing in March 1964.[citation needed]

SquadronsEdit

Squadron Equipment From To To Notes
No. 78 Squadron RAF Handley Page Halifax II/III/VI
Douglas Dakota
16 June 1943 20 September 1945 RAF Almaza [4]
No. 112 Squadron RAF Bristol Bloodhound I 7 November 1960 31 March 1964 Disbanded [5]
No. 240 Squadron RAF PGM-17 Thor 1 August 1959 8 January 1963 Disbanded [3]
No. 460 Squadron RAAF Vickers Wellington IV
Handley Page Halifax II
Avro Lancaster I/III
4 January 1942 14 May 1943 RAF Binbrook [2]

UnitsEdit

  • No 20 BAT Flight.[6]
  • No 207 AFS.[6]
  • No 1524 BAT Flight.[6]

Current useEdit

Mustangs Flying During Breighton Airshow

Mustangs Flying During Breighton Airshow

The original runways are covered in buildings but the outline of the runways, taxiways and dispersal stands are clearly visible using satellite imagery.[citation needed]

It is currently used by the Real Aeroplane Company to house historic aircraft as well as for hosting airshows which uses a separate grass runway located within the original airfield grounds.[1]

ReferencesEdit

CitationsEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Airfield history". The Real Aeroplane Company. http://www.realaero.com/history.htm. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jefford 1988, p. 93.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jefford 1988, p. 76.
  4. Jefford 1988, p. 48.
  5. Jefford 1988, p. 56.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Breighton - Units". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. http://www.abct.org.uk/airfields/breighton. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 

BibliographyEdit

  • Jefford, C.G, MBE,BA ,RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.

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