| RAF Dalton|
|IATA: none – ICAO: none|
|Operator|| Royal Air Force |
Royal Canadian Air Force
RAF Dalton was an airfield used by RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War. It was a satellite or sub-station of nearby RAF Topcliffe and actually nearer to the village of Topcliffe than the station so named.
HistoryEditRAF Dalton, Hambleton was home to No. 102 Squadron beginning in November 1941. No. 102 Squadron returned to Topcliffe in June 1942 and for a time Dalton hosted No. 1652 Heavy Conversion Unit (HCU) flying Halifaxes. The airfield was improved in 1942 and in early 1943 was allocated to No. 6 Group Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Canadian squadrons stationed here at one time or another included No. 428 Squadron, No. 424 Squadron, No. 420 Squadron, and No. 1666 Heavy Conversion Unit (which moved to RAF Wombleton in October 1943). The station also housed no. 1691 Bomber Gunnery Flight (BGF) RCAF and its successor, No. 1695 Bomber Defence Training Flight (BDTF) RCAF, the last RCAF unit to serve at this station.
In November 1944, control passed from No. 6 Group to the new No. 7 (Training) Group. By August 1945 all units at Dalton were disbanded or transferred.
Operational units and aircraftEdit
|No. 102 Squadron RAF||15 November 1941||7 June 1942|| Armstrong Whitworth Whitley|
Handley Page Halifax
|No. 420 Squadron RCAF||6 November 1943||12 December 1943||Vickers Wellington||Mk.X|
|No. 424 Squadron RCAF||3 May 1943||15 May 1943||Vickers Wellington||Mk.X|
|No. 428 Squadron RCAF||7 November 1942||31 May 1943||Vickers Wellington||Mks.III and X|
|No. 1652 HCU||13 July 1942||22 August 1942||Handley Page Halifax||Mks.I, II|
|No. 1666 'Mohawk' HCU||5 June 1943||21 October 1943||Handley Page Halifax||Mks.II, III|
|No. 1691 Bomber Gunnery Flight||26 June 1943||15 February 1944|| Miles Martinet|
|No. 1695 Bomber Defence Training Flight||15 February 1944||23 April 1945|| Miles Martinet|
Mk.I, IIa, Vb, Vc
The aerodrome facilities are now being used for commercial and industrial uses.
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- RAF Dalton, Yorkshire on airfields.fotopic.net
- RAF Dalton on wikimapia (zoom in for best result)
- RAF Dalton on oldairfields.fotopic.net
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