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RAF Tatenhill
Ensign of the Royal Air Force
IATA: none – ICAO: none
Summary
Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Tatenhill, Staffordshire
Built 1941 (1941)
In use 1941-1947 (1947)
Elevation AMSL 440 ft / 134 m
Coordinates 52°48′53″N 001°45′40″W / 52.81472°N 1.76111°W / 52.81472; -1.76111Coordinates: 52°48′53″N 001°45′40″W / 52.81472°N 1.76111°W / 52.81472; -1.76111
Map
Staffordshire UK location map
Airplane silhouette.svg
RAF Tatenhill
Location in Staffordshire
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
04/22 0 0 Concrete
08/26 0 0 Concrete
18/36 0 0 Concrete
[1]

RAF Tatenhill is a former Royal Air Force satellite airfield located 5.0 miles (8.0 km) west of Burton on Trent. It was originally known as RAF Crossplains.

HistoryEdit

The field was built in 1941 as a satellite for No. 27 Operational Training Unit RAF (OTU) at RAF Lichfield. The design was the wartime RAF standard of three co-intersecting runways, east-west, north-south diagonal. It was used as a bomber crew training field, which continued in varied training functions until 1944 with Vickers Wellington and Airspeed Oxford aircraft for RAF Bomber Command. Then it was used by the RAF School of Explosives after the disastrous explosion at nearby RAF Fauld, from October 1945 until January 1947.[1]

The airfield had a bomb dump on the south-east side and a number of frying pan dispersals were built on land to the north of the B5234 road, with hangars in this area too.

Current useEdit

The airfield remains in use as Tatenhill Airfield. A wartime Bellman hangar remains in use as of 2013.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "RAF Tatenhill". Control Towers. http://www.controltowers.co.uk/T-V/Tatenhill.htm. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 

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