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RAF Long Marston
Ensign of the Royal Air Force
IATA: none – ICAO: none
Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Long Marston, Warwickshire
Built 1940 (1940)
In use 1941-1958 (1958)
Elevation AMSL 154 ft / 47 m
Coordinates 52°08′15″N 001°45′09″W / 52.1375°N 1.7525°W / 52.1375; -1.7525Coordinates: 52°08′15″N 001°45′09″W / 52.1375°N 1.7525°W / 52.1375; -1.7525
Warwickshire UK location map
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RAF Long Marston
Location in Warwickshire
Direction Length Surface
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04/22 0 0 Asphalt
11/29 0 0 Asphalt
16/34 0 0 Asphalt

RAF Long Marston was opened in 1941 and was in the county of Warwickshire,[1] England


It had two T2 hangars and one B1 hangar. The airfield had a mixture of 27 pan dispersals and spectacle dispersals which were used to disperse the aircraft around the airfield in case of enemy attack or accidents which could wreck multiple aircraft if bunched together this was connected to the regular 3-runway layout. The airfield was constructed by John Laing & Son[2] which also created a number of other local airfields including RAF Wellesbourne Mountford. The airfield closed on 28 January 1958.[3]

Based unitsEdit

The first unit to inhabite the airfield was No. 24 Operational Training Unit (OTU) which used Armstrong Whitworth Whitleys, Avro Ansons and Vickers Wellingtons beginning 15 March 1943 as a satellite of RAF Honeybourne before the unit closed on 24 July 1945. The Whitleys joined the unit after retiring from frontline service as an early Second World War night bomber when new four engined bombers like the Avro Lancaster took over the offensive.[4]

Another unit to use the airfield was No. 1681 Flight RAF with Hawker Hurricanes and Tomahawks providing simulated attacks against OTU aircraft so teach the OTU crews how to defend the aircraft. The main base was RAF Pershore with Long Marston used as a satellite between 1 July 1943 and 21 August 1944.[4]

After the war the airfield began to wind down with training flights becoming less frequent and soon after was under the control of No. 3 Maintenance Group from RAF Little Rissington until 1954.[5]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

RAF Long Marston has had a number of accidents within its lifetime; the following are just a select few.

Date Incident Reference
5 February 1944 Armstrong Whitworth Whitley LA929 of No. 24 Operational Training Unit (OTU) ran into a hedge after landing. [6]
4 April 1944 Tomahawk AH885 of No. 1681 Flight RAF ran off the runway when landing and tipped onto its nose. [6]
23 September 1944 Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle P1435 No. 296 Squadron RAF overshot landing, while towing Airspeed Horsa HG936. [6]
16 December 1944 Avro Lancaster NG435 newly built by Armstrong Whitworth, crashed during a test flight. [6]



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