RAF Burn

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
RAF Burn
Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg
IATA: noneICAO: none
Summary
Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Burn
Built 1941
In use 1942-1945
Elevation AMSL 20 ft / 6 m
Coordinates 53°44′53″N 001°05′02″W / 53.74806°N 1.08389°W / 53.74806; -1.08389Coordinates: 53°44′53″N 001°05′02″W / 53.74806°N 1.08389°W / 53.74806; -1.08389
Map
RAF Burn is located in North Yorkshire
RAF Burn
RAF Burn
Location in North Yorkshire
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
02/20 5,970 1,820 Concrete
08/26 4,650 1,420 Concrete
16/34 4,320 1,320 Concrete

RAF Burn is a former Royal Air Force station located 5.0 miles (8.0 km) south of Selby and 0.5 miles (0.80 km) east of Burn in North Yorkshire, England which opened in 1942 before closing in 1946.

Station history[edit]

The airfield was opened in 1942 and first hosted No. 431 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force as part of 4 Group RAF Bomber Command which formed at the airfield on 13 November 1942 flying Vickers Wellington Mark X aircraft while at Burn. On 15 July 1943 the squadron was transferred to RAF Tholthorpe[1] and became part of No. 6 Group RCAF.[2]

On 1 January 1944 No. 658 Squadron RAF moved to the airfield from RAF Clifton flying the Taylorcraft Auster III but left only seven days moving to RAF Doncaster but on 21 January 1944 the squadron returned, this time staying until 14 March 1944 when they moved to RAF Collyweston. The squadron was briefly joined on 31 December 1943 by 659 Squadron which moved to RAF Clifton the following day.[3]

During its use the airfield was also used by No. 10 Aircrew Holding Unit RAF.[4]

On 6 January 1944 No. 578 Squadron RAF squadron was relocated to RAF Burn from RAF Snaith. This Bomber Command squadron flew Handley Page Halifax Mk. III before disbanding on 15 April 1945[5] and the station was closed for flying operations in July 1945.[4]

On the night of 30 March 1944, Pilot Officer Cyril Joe Barton took off from RAF Burn in Halifax LK797 for a raid on Nuremberg, and won a posthumous Victoria Cross for valour.

Shortly after flying was discontinued, the Royal Army Service Corps took over some facilities to store surplus equipment.[2] Many of the buildings have been dismantled and much of the airfield is currently used for farming.[6]

Current use[edit]

The runways and hardstands are relatively intact[2] and the Burn Gliding Club uses the old aerodrome.[6][7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 91.
  2. ^ a b c "Bomber Command - Burn". Royal Air Force. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 103.
  4. ^ a b "Burn". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 97.
  6. ^ a b "RAF Burn". The Wartime Memories Project. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Burn Gliding Club - Flying in the heart of Yorkshire". Burn Gliding Club. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Jefford, C.G, MBE,BA,RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.

External links[edit]