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RAF Limavady
RNAS Limavady

Ensign of the Royal Air ForceNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom
IATA: none – ICAO: none
Summary
Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Serves Limavady Borough
Location Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Built 1940 (1940)
In use 1940-1958 (1958)
Elevation AMSL 65 ft / 19.8 m
Coordinates 55°04′23″N 006°56′15″W / 55.07306°N 6.9375°W / 55.07306; -6.9375Coordinates: 55°04′23″N 006°56′15″W / 55.07306°N 6.9375°W / 55.07306; -6.9375
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Northern Ireland location map
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RAF Limavady
Location in Northern Ireland

Royal Air Force Station Limavady or more simply RAF Limavady is a former Royal Air Force station, also known as Aghanloo airfield, near the city of Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

BeginningsEdit

The station was built in 1940 during the Second World War.

SquadronsEdit

Sqn Aircraft Joined Departed From > To Notes
48 Avro Anson I
Bristol Beaufort I
Lockheed Hudson V/III
16 July 1940 20 October 1941 RAF Hooton Park
RAF Stornoway
RAF Skitten
On detachment initially from RAF Hooton Park then squadron moved to RAF Stornoway then on to RAF Skitten.[1]
53 Lockheed Hudson V July 1941 February 1942 RAF Bircham Newton > RAF St Eval On detachment then squadron moved to RAF St Eval and continued its detachment.[2]
143 Bristol Blenheim IV 23 April 1942 11 June 1942 RAF Aldergrove > RAF Thorney Island Squadron move.[3]
153 Boulton Paul Defiant I
Bristol Beaufighter IF
October 1941 December 1942 RAF Ballyhalbert > RAF Portreath On detachment.[4]
172 Vickers Wellington XIV 1 September 1944 4 June 1945 RAF Chivenor > DB Squadron disbanded.[5]
221 Vickers Wellington IC November 1940 25 December 1941 RAF Bircham Newton > RAF Docking On detachment from RAF Bircham Newton then from RAF Reykjavik.[6]
224 Lockheed Hudson II 15 April 1941 20 December 1941 RAF Leuchars > RAF St Eval Squadron move.[7]
245 Hawker Hurricane I 20 July 1940 1 September 1941 RAF Aldergrove > RAF Chilbolton On detachment.[8]
281 Supermarine Sea Otter 31 March 1941 13 August 1945 RAF Mullaghmore > RAF Ballykelly Squadron move.[9]
304 Vickers Wellington XIII 21 September 1944 6 March 1945 RAF Benbecula > RAF St Eval On detachment.[10]
407 Vickers Wellington XI 29 January 1944 28 April 1944 RAF Chivenor > RAF Chivenor Squadron move.[11]
500 Bristol Blenheim IV 30 May 1941 22 March 1942 RAF Bircham Newton > RAF Stornoway On detachment then squadron move.[12]
502 Armstrong Whitworth Whitley V 27 January 1941 10 January 1942 RAF Aldergrove > RAF Bircham Newton Squadron move.[13]
612 Armstrong Whitworth Whitley V 1 April 1941 15 December 1941 RAF Wick > RAF Reykjavik On detachment then squadron move.[14]

After the Second World War the airfield was further used by the Fleet Air Arm when it was known as RNAS Limavady until 1958 when it was finally sold off.

Current useEdit

ReferencesEdit

CitationsEdit

  1. Jefford, p.44 (No. 48 Sqn)
  2. Jefford, p.45 (No. 53 Sqn)
  3. Jefford, p.64 (No. 143 Sqn)
  4. Jefford, p.65 (No. 153 Sqn)
  5. Jefford, p.67 (No. 172 Sqn)
  6. Jefford, p.75 (No. 221 Sqn)
  7. Jefford, p.75 (No. 224 Sqn)
  8. Jefford, p.79 (No. 245 Sqn)
  9. Jefford, p.85 (No. 281 Sqn)
  10. Jefford, p.87 (No. 304 Sqn)
  11. Jefford, p.91 (No. 407 Sqn)
  12. Jefford, p.95 (No. 500 Sqn)
  13. Jefford, p.96 (No. 502 Sqn)
  14. Jefford, p.101 (No. 612 Sqn)

BibliographyEdit

  • Jefford, C G MBE,BA,RAF (Retd). (2001). R.A.F Squadrons, A comprehensive record of the movement and equipment of all RAF squadrons and their antecedents since 1912. UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-84037-141-2. 

External linksEdit


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