RAF Davidstow Moor
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|RAF Davidstow Moor|
|Davidstow, Cornwall in England|
RAF Davidstow Airfield - 2 June 1951
Shown within Cornwall
|Type||Royal Air Force station|
|Operator||Royal Air Force|
|Elevation||294 metres (965 ft) AMSL|
Royal Air Force Station Davidstow or more commonly RAF Davidstow Moor is a former Royal Air Force station located 2.9 miles (4.7 km) north east of Camelford, Cornwall and 11.5 miles (18.5 km) west of Launceston, Cornwall, England.
It was used from late 1942 until 1954 and despite a few periods of intense activity it was one of Coastal Command's lesser used airfields.
The land was acquired in 1941 and a three-runway airfield with extensive dispersal area was constructed in the first half of 1942. Despite the moorland conditions construction was reasonably straightforward, although it did involve the removal of various field boundaries, the closure of minor roads and some drainage work.
RAF Station Davidstow Moor was closed in December 1945 due to the end of WWII. It became a motor racing circuit, known as Davidstow Circuit and in the early 1950s three Formula One races were held there (the Cornwall MRC Formula 1 Races) including the first success for the Lotus marque.
Squadrons Stationed at RAF Davidstow Moor
Royal Air Force
|Squadron||Dates Stationed||Planes Used||Duties|
|53 Sqn||1 January 1943 – 18 February 1943||Lockheed Hudson|
|144 Sqn||10 May 1944 – 1 July 1944||Bristol Beaufighter||Covered the west flank of the Normandy landings.
Helped to destroy the German naval forces in Western France
|206 Sqn||18 March 1944 – 12 April 1944||Consolidated Liberator, Boeing Fortress|
|269 Sqn||8 January 1944 – 8 March 1944||Lockheed Hudson, Supermarine Walrus||Air-sea rescue duties|
|281 Sqn det||December 1943 - February 1945||Vickers Warwick||Air sea rescue duties|
|282 Sqn||1 February 1944 – 19 September 1944||Vickers Warwick||Air sea rescue duties|
|304 Sqn||7 June 1943 – 13 December 1943||Vickers Wellington||Anti-submarine patrols over the Bay of Biscay|
|524 Sqn||7 April 1944 – 1 July 1944||Vickers Wellington||Patrols against E-Boats off the French coast|
|547 Sqn||31 May 1943 – 25 October 1943||Vickers Wellington||Anti-submarine patrols over the Bay of Biscay|
|612 Sqn||12 April 1943 – 25 May 1943||Vickers Wellington||Anti-submarine patrols over the Channel and the Bay of Biscay|
|1603 Flt||16 December 1942 – 27 January 1943||Hawker Henley||Target towing|
Royal Canadian Air Force
RAF Davidstow Moor today
The main Watch Tower/Air Traffic Control Tower is clearly visible on the airfield.
The airfield is also used for microlights and motor gliders with three runways in use. The runway lengths and directions are: 02-20, 395m, 06-24, 489m, 12-30, 1450m. PPR is essential for this site. It is currently run by Davidstow Flying Club.
Davidstow Airfield and Cornwall at War Museum
The Davistow Airfield, ICAO XDAV, and Cornwall at War Museum has been set up to commemorate the work and people of RAF Davidstow Moor. It is located next to a creamery where Davidstow and Cathedral City cheeses are produced. Many exhibits cover life in World War II in Cornwall, including other airfields along the North Cornwall coast, the Royal Navy, Army civilian services, and life on the home front. Other exhibits include artifacts from the Royal Observer Corps and the Light Infantry, vehicles and weapons.
Davidstow Moor RAF Memorial Museum
The Davidstow Moor RAF Memorial Museum is located in the former sergeants' shower block and focuses on the airfield's history during WWII. It includes photographs and local memorabilia.
- http://www.airfieldcards.com/index.php/airfields-delta/davidstowmoor Data Card with up to date information
- http://airportguide.com/airport/United_Kingdom/England/Davidstow_Moor-XDAV/runways.php Airport Guide
- "Official site". Davidstow Moor RAF Memorial Museum. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
- Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 200 Newquay & Bodmin ISBN 978-0-319-22938-5
- Delve, Ken The Military Airfields of Britain, South-Western England: Channel Islands, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire. ISBN 1-86126-810-6
- A Guide to Airfields of South Western England. Baron Jay Publishers
- Keast, David C. Memories and Records of RAF Davidstow Moor, Cornwall. [Camelford: the Author?]
- Knight, Rod & Anne. RAF Davidstow Moor 1942 to 1945. A Wartime History ISBN 978-0-9576112-0-7
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to RAF Davidstow Moor.|
- www.rafdavidstowmoor.com RAF Davidstow Moor
- Cached Version of the above websites homepage
- Davistow Airfield and Cornwall at War Museum
- Davidstow Moor RAF Memorial Museum
- www.controltowers.co.uk RAF Davidstow Moor
- www.wartimememories.co.uk RAF Davidstow Moor
- Peter Ascott's recollections of the aerodrome