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RAF Graveley
Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg
Handley Page Halifax B.III
IATA: none – ICAO: none
Summary
Airport type Military
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Graveley, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
Built 1941
In use 1942-1968
Elevation AMSL 16 ft / 53 m
Coordinates 52°15′47″N 000°11′24″W / 52.26306°N 0.19°W / 52.26306; -0.19Coordinates: 52°15′47″N 000°11′24″W / 52.26306°N 0.19°W / 52.26306; -0.19
Map

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Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
03/21 4,200 1,280 Concrete
09/27 6,000 1,829 Concrete
15/33 4,200 1,280 Concrete

RAF Graveley is a former Royal Air Force station located 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Huntingdon.[1]

Station history[]

No. 35 Squadron RAF[]

35 Squadron RAF "Pathfinders"

The first Squadron to move to Graveley was 35 Sqn (No. XXXV Squadron) RAF in August 1942 using the Handley Page Halifax (which it had used since 1940) it became a pathfinder unit, forming part of No. 8 Group. In March 1944 the squadron re-equipped with the Avro Lancaster.

No. 629 Squadron RAF[]

629 Sqn was formed on 1 January 1944 at RAF Graveley, equipped with Mosquito IV bombers, as part of the Light Night Striking Force of No. 8 Group RAF in Bomber Command. It reequipped with the Mosquito XVI bombers in March.

In popular culture[]

Part of the filming for the 1967 movie picture "'Robbery" (which was based on the The Great Train Robbery) was filmed at the airfield with a number of exterior shots showing parts of the airfield.[1]

Current use[]

The airfield is mostly agriculture with a few buildings surviving.[1]

References[]

Citations[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "RAF Graveley". Control Towers. http://www.controltowers.co.uk/G/Graveley.htm. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 

External links[]


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