RAF Blakehill Farm

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RAF Blakehill Farm
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Douglas Dakotas of No. 233 Squadron RAF lined up on the perimeter track at Blakehill Farm, Wiltshire, for an exercise with the 6th Airborne Division, 20 April 1944. CH12833.jpg
Douglas Dakotas of No. 233 Squadron RAF lined up on the perimeter track at RAF Blakehill Farm, for an exercise with the 6th Airborne Division, 20 April 1944.
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Summary
Airport type Military
Location Cricklade, Wiltshire
In use 1944–1952
Occupants Royal Air Force
Coordinates 51°37′19″N 1°53′17″W / 51.622°N 1.888°W / 51.622; -1.888Coordinates: 51°37′19″N 1°53′17″W / 51.622°N 1.888°W / 51.622; -1.888
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RAF Blakehill Farm is located in Wiltshire
RAF Blakehill Farm
RAF Blakehill Farm
Location within Wiltshire

RAF Blakehill Farm was an RAF airfield (base) situated in Wiltshire, England. The station was opened in 1944 and was home for transport aircraft of No. 46 Group Transport Command. In 1948 the airfield was a satellite of RAF South Cerney and used by training aircraft before the airfield closed in 1952 and was returned to agricultural use. The site is now a Wiltshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve.

Units and aircraft[edit]

Unit Dates Aircraft Variant Notes
No. 233 Squadron RAF 1944-1945 Douglas Dakota
No. 271 Squadron RAF 1944-1945 Douglas Dakota Detachment from RAF Down Ampney
No. 437 Squadron RCAF 1944-1945 Douglas Dakota
No. 575 Squadron RAF 1945-1946 Douglas Dakota
No.22 Heavy Glider
Conversion Unit RAF
1945 Waco Hadrian

Post-war intelligence role[edit]

After WWII, GCHQ set up an "experimental radio station", a top secret research facility, on the site of the RAF's wartime airfield at Blakehill Farm. It consisted of huge communications masts arranged in mysterious strategic patterns in the middle of the old airfield. The site was still active in some capacity until the mid 1990s and traces of the former antenna bases can still be seen on satellite photographs. [1]

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Bibliography
  • Jefford, Wing Commander C.G., MBE, BA, RAF (Retd) (1988). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-84037-141-2. 
  • Sturtivant, Ray, ISO and John Hamlin (2007). RAF Flying Training And Support Units since 1912. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-365-X. 

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