RAF Ashbourne

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RAF Ashbourne
Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg
IATA: noneICAO: none
Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Ashbourne, Derbyshire
Built 1942 (1942)
In use 1942-1954 (1954)
Elevation AMSL 610 ft / 186 m
Coordinates 53°00′25″N 001°42′25″W / 53.00694°N 1.70694°W / 53.00694; -1.70694Coordinates: 53°00′25″N 001°42′25″W / 53.00694°N 1.70694°W / 53.00694; -1.70694
RAF Ashbourne is located in Derbyshire
RAF Ashbourne
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RAF Ashbourne is a former Royal Air Force airfield located approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south-east of the town of Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England.[1]

Opened on 12 June 1942 before closing on 23 August 1954.[2]


Ashbourne was home to Armstrong Whitworth Whitley, Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle and Bristol Blenheim aircraft.[3]

Post Second World War it was used for storage and maintenance of ordnance where the bombs were stored along the runways.[4]

Based units[edit]

There was a small units at Ashbourne such as:

Current use[edit]

The site is now an industrial estate, appropriately named Airfield Industrial Estate. Actually there is part of the 14/22 runway still in use for two light aircraft kept nearby. The runway is in poor condition but with care about 600m is still usable. It is marked as active on the aeronautical charts.


  1. ^ "RAF Ashbourne, Derbyshire". Airfield Archaeology. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "RAF Ashbourne". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Escape Into The WAAF's". BBC WW2 People's War. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Mustard gas killed everything as it was burnt off on Buxton hills". This is Derbyshire. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 

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