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RAF Snaith
Ensign of the Royal Air Force
IATA: none – ICAO: none
Summary
Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Snaith
Built 1940
In use 1941-1946
Elevation AMSL 43 ft / 13 m
Coordinates 53°40′53″N 001°05′00″W / 53.68139°N 1.0833333°W / 53.68139; -1.0833333Coordinates: 53°40′53″N 001°05′00″W / 53.68139°N 1.0833333°W / 53.68139; -1.0833333
Map
East Riding of Yorkshire UK location map
Airplane silhouette.svg
RAF Snaith
Location in East Riding of Yorkshire
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
00/00 0 0 Concrete
00/00 0 0 Concrete
00/00 0 0 Concrete

Royal Air Force Station Snaith or RAF Snaith is a former Royal Air Force station which was located 7 miles (11 km) south west of Goole, Yorkshire, England and close to the village of Pollington.

The airfield opened 1941 before closing in 1946.

Based unitsEdit

A large of different squadrons used the airfield firstly No. 150 Squadron RAF flew Vickers Wellingtons between July 1941 and October 1942 before moving to RAF Kirmington,[1][2] then being replaced by No. 51 Squadron RAF from October 1942 until May 1945 using the Handley Page Halifax.[1][2] During this period the airfield also had another squadron join as a flight from No.51 Sqn RAF turned its aircraft and crew over to make another squadron which was No. 578 Squadron RAF which flew from the airfield temporarily between January 1944 until February 1944 before moving to the empty RAF Burn.[2]

A number of units also used the airfield such as No 6266 Servicing Echelon between 27 April 1944 and 6 May 1944 repairing the various aircraft[3] and No. 17 Air Crew Holding Unit between 20 June 1945 and 27 May 1946. During this time a small Beam Approach Flight using Airspeed Oxfords used the airfield for a short period learning beam approach landings.[1]

Units and aircraftEdit

Unit Dates Aircraft Variant Notes
51 Squadron October 1942 - April 1945 Handley Page Halifax II later III Re-equipped with Halifax III in January 1945 before moving to RAF Leconfield in April 1945.[4]
150 Squadron July 1941 - October 1942 Vickers Wellington IC later III [5]
266 Squadron April 1944 - May 1944 Hawker Typhoon IB Two-week stay.[6]
578 Squadron January 1944 - February 1944 Handley Page Halifax III Formed from C Flight of 51 Squadron before moving to RAF Burn.[7]
No. 17 Aircrew Holding Unit[citation needed] June 1944 - November 1945
No. 1508 Radio Aids Training Flight[citation needed] September 1945 - April 1946 Airspeed Oxford Became 1508 Acclimatisation Flight in November 1945
No. 1516 Radio Aids Training Flight[citation needed] September 1945 - May 1946 Airspeed Oxford

Current useEdit

During the construction of the M62 motorway the airfield was cut in half with the motorway going east to west through the top third of the airfield. However a number of technical buildings are still in place including the sergeants mess.[1]

ReferencesEdit

CitationsEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 " "Bomber Command". Royal Air Force. http://www.raf.mod.uk/bombercommand/s64.html". Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "RAF Snaith". Wartime Memories. http://www.wartimememories.co.uk/airfields/snaith.html. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  3. "RAF Snaith". Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation. http://www.rafweb.org/Stations/Stations-S.htm#Snaith. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  4. Jefford 1988, p. 41.
  5. Jefford 1988, p. 62.
  6. Jefford 1988, p. 81.
  7. Jefford 1988, p. 97.

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, 1988. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.

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