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RAF Southam
Ensign of the Royal Air Force
DH 82A Tiger Moth - N81DH.jpg
DH-82A Tiger Moth
IATA: none – ICAO: none
Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Southam, Warwickshire
Built 1940
In use 1940-1944
Elevation AMSL 280 ft / 85 m
Coordinates 52°15′03″N 001°22′25″W / 52.25083°N 1.37361°W / 52.25083; -1.37361
Warwickshire UK location map
Airplane silhouette.svg
RAF Southam
Location in Worcestershire
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 2,120 645 Grass

RAF Southam was a Royal Air Force relief landing ground (RLG)[1] located 0.7 miles (1.1 km) east of Southam, Warwickshire, England and 7.3 miles (11.7 km) south east of Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England.

The airfield opened in 1940 and was mainly used by 9 Elementary Flying Training School[2] training pilots. The airfield closed 18 December 1944.[3]

Based unitsEdit

No. 9 Elementary Flying Training School (9 EFTS) using Tiger Moths. The School was mainly based at RAF Ansty but Southam was used as a satellite station and operated from 3 September 1939 until 31 March 1944.[2]

No.18 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit (18(P)AFU) flew Airspeed Oxfords and Boulton Paul Defiants mostly from RAF Church Lawford but also from other sites including RAF Hockley Heath and Southam. The unit operated from 27 October 1942 until 29 May 1945.[2]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

Date Incident Reference
14 July 1941 Tiger Moth T6236 of 9 EFTS crashed after overshooting. [4]
15 July 1943 Vickers Wellington HF812 of No. 22 Operational Training Unit RAF crash landed with a failed engine. [5]

Current useEdit

There is now a housing estate on the site of the airfield, know as the Flying Fields.[citation needed]


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