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Royal Air Force Oulton is located to the west of the market town of Aylsham in Norfolk and was built over 1939 and 1940 as a bomber airfield with T2 type hangars and grass runways, the facility operating as a satellite airfield of nearby RAF Horsham St. Faith between July 1940 and September 1942 after which it operated as a satellite airfield of RAF Swanton Morley. In September 1943 Oulton was transferred from 2 Group to 3 Group and closed to flying for re-construction as a heavy bomber base with concrete runways, taxiways and parking areas. The work was completed in April 1944 and the airfield transferred to No. 100 Group RAF.[1] Flying operations ceased at the end of July 1945, after which it was taken over by RAF Maintenance Command which used it to store de Havilland Mosquitos until November 1947.[2]

RAF Oulton Order of Battle
Squadron Aircraft Dates at RAF Oulton
114 Blenheim Mk.IV July 1940 to March 1941[2][3]
18 Blenheim Mk.IV April 1941 to July 1941 and November to December 1941[1]
139 Blenheim Mk.IV December 1941 to February 1942[1][2]
1428 Hudson Conversion Flight Hudson Mk.III December 1941 to May 1942[1]
236 Beaufighter Mk.IC July 1942 to September 1942[1]
88 Boston Mk.III and IIIA September 1942[1] to March 1943[citation needed]
21 Ventura Mk.I and II April 1943 to September 1943[1]
1699 (Bomber Support) Flight Fortress May 1944[1] to June 1945[citation needed]
214 Fortress May 1944 to July 1945[1]
803rd Bomb Squadron USAAF Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator May 1944 to August 1944[1]
223 Fortress and Liberator August 1944 to July 1945[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Bowyer 1990, p. 172.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Air Pictorial October 1967, p. 373.
  3. Bowyer 1990, pp. 171–172.
  • Bowyer, J.F. Action Stations 1: Wartime military airfields of East Anglia 1939. Wellingborough, UK: Patrick Stephens Limited, Second edition, 1990. ISBN 1-85260-377-1.
  • "Your Questions Answered...Oulton, Norfolk". Air Pictorial, October 1967. p. 373.

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Coordinates: 52°47′49″N 1°11′02″E / 52.797°N 1.184°E / 52.797; 1.184

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