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RAF Firbeck
Ensign of the Royal Air Force
IATA: none – ICAO: none
Summary
Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Firbeck, South Yorkshire
Built 1940
In use 1940-1948
Elevation AMSL 213 ft / 65 m
Coordinates 53°23′15″N 001°09′45″W / 53.3875°N 1.1625°W / 53.3875; -1.1625Coordinates: 53°23′15″N 001°09′45″W / 53.3875°N 1.1625°W / 53.3875; -1.1625
Map
South Yorkshire UK location map
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RAF Firbeck
Location in South Yorkshire
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Royal Air Force Station Firbeck or more simply RAF Firbeck is a former Royal Air Force station located west of Firbeck, South Yorkshire, England. The airfield was opened in late 1940 and was closed in 1948, during this time it was mainly used an relief landing ground (RLG) and small planes such as the Westland Lysander and the Taylorcraft Auster. After the Second World War had ended the airfield was used by two Royal Air Force (RAF) gliding schools.

HistoryEdit

The first squadron to use the airfield was No. 613 Squadron RAF which had moved from RAF Netherthorpe on 7 September 1940. The unit had detachments at various other airfields such as RAF Clifton, RAF Netherthorpe, RAF Sutton Bridge, RAF Doncaster and RAF Martlesham Heath initially flying the Westland Lysander Mk. II before the addition of the Mk. III in January 1941.[1] The squadron moved to RAF Doncaster on 8 July 1941. A short time after this on 19 July 1941 No. 2 Squadron RAF moved in from RAF Sawbridgeworth flying the Lysander II for four days before moving back to Sawbridgeworth.[2][3]

Between July 1941 and 1 November 1945 Firbeck was used a relief landing ground for No. 25 Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS).[3]

The next squadrons are both Air Observation Post squadron which were used by RAF Army Cooperation Command to help spot enemy positions. The first of these squadron was No. 654 Squadron RAF which started using RAF Firbeck from 15 September 1942 flying the Taylorcraft Auster Plus C2 and the Auster I before moving to RAF Bottisham on 20 November 1942[4] and the second was No. 659 Squadron RAF which was formed at the airfield on 30 April 1943 and flew the Auster III before moving to RAF Clifton on 17 August 1943.[5]

In 1944 No. 28 Gliding School took up residence with Cadet gliders staying until January 1946 however after a short amount of time No. 24 Gliding School took over the empty space in May 1946 and they stayed until February 1948.[3]

The airfield closed during 1948.[6]

Current useEdit

There is a memorial at the airfield where the aircraft repair shop used to be located.[6] The airfield is currently open land.[7]

ReferencesEdit

CitationsEdit

  1. Jefford 2001, p. 100.
  2. Jefford 2001, p. 23.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "RAF Firbeck". Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation. http://www.rafweb.org/Stations/Stations-F.htm#Firbeck. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  4. Jefford 2001, p. 102.
  5. Jefford 2001, p. 103.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Firbeck Airfield Memorial". RAF Firbeck Memorial. http://www.firbeckairfieldmemorial.co.uk/. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  7. "RAF Firbeck Memorial". The Airfield Research Group. http://www.airfieldresearchgroup.org.uk/?page_id=87. Retrieved 20 June 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, 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.

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