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|Operator||Royal Air Force|
Based units[edit | edit source]
The airfield was used by a large amount of units like No 4 Air Observer & Navigation School (which came from RAF Ansty) between 20 July 1940 and 30 August 1941 flying the Tiger Moth. No 11 Air Observer & Navigation School also joined on 20 July 1940 but left slightly earlier on 19 July 1941 moving to another airfield.
A small group of maintenance units used the airfield for temporary use like No 5 Maintenance Unit and a Sub-site of No 7 Maintenance Unit between September and November 1940. No 50 Group Pool were also present during 1940.
Beam approach[edit | edit source]
RAF Watchfield was used as one of the first airfields which taught Blind/Beam Approach which meant that when no other aircraft were flying the in country due to the weather, aircraft from Watchfield flew constantly teaching pilots how to land in dangerous conditions. The first unit to use the station for this purpose was the Blind Approach School between 28 September 1940 and 1941 which turned into No. 1 Blind Approach School between 1941 and 31 October 1941 which then turned into No. 1 Beam Approach School which operated between 31 October 1941 and 31 December 1946.
Smaller beam approach units also used the airfield like Blind Approach Calibration Flt between 12 July and October 1941 before turning into Beam Approach Calibration Flt which operated between October 1941 and 3 July 1942 and then No. 1 Beam Approach School which helped to create a Beam Approach Technical Training School which operated between October 1942 and 4 December 1943 and the Beam Approach Development Unit which operated between 4 October 1942 and 12 April 1943.
Other units[edit | edit source]
- Airfield Controller's School between 15 November 1942 and 1 May 1948.
- No 92 (Forward) Staging Post between 25 May and 13 July 1944.
- 'Sparrow' Ambulance Flight using the Sparrow variant of the Handley Page H.P.54 Harrow between 2 June and 2 August 1944 from No. 271 Squadron RAF.
- A detachment of Avro Ansons as part of No. 46 Group RAF, RAF Transport Command between May 1944 and 18 July 1944.
Air traffic control[edit | edit source]
Current use[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "RAF Watchfield". Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation. http://www.rafweb.org/Stations/Stations-W.htm#Watchfield. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
- "RAF Watchfield". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. http://www.abct.org.uk/airfields/watchfield. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
- "HAMBLE'S AIRFIELDS". HAMBLE LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY. http://www.hamblelocalhistory.hampshire.org.uk/Airfield.htm. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
- "RAF Shawbury". Royal Air Force. http://www.raf.mod.uk/organisation/stations.cfm?selectStation=9E12F9A6-B8DA-64D5-AE845401BC41C88C. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
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