RAF Akeman Street

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RAF Akeman Street
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Near Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire in England
RAF Akeman Street is located in Oxfordshire
RAF Akeman Street
RAF Akeman Street
Location in Oxfordshire
Coordinates 51°49′26″N 01°30′56″W / 51.82389°N 1.51556°W / 51.82389; -1.51556Coordinates: 51°49′26″N 01°30′56″W / 51.82389°N 1.51556°W / 51.82389; -1.51556
Type Royal Air Force station
Site information
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Site history
Built 1940 (1940)
In use 1940-1947 (1947)
Airfield information
Elevation 134 metres (440 ft) AMSL
Runways
Direction Length and surface
00/00  Concrete
00/00  Concrete
00/00  Concrete

Royal Air Force Akeman Street or more simply RAF Akeman Street is a former Royal Air Force station located 2 miles (3.2 km) north east of Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire, England. It was named after the Roman road which crosses the airfield.

The airfield was a Relief Landing Ground (RLG) for RAF Brize Norton, with building starting in 1939 and opening on 10 July 1940. Active flying stopped on 15 August 1945, and the site was closed on 1 February 1947.

Based units[edit]

Units that used the airfield were No. 2 Service Flying Training School RAF (2 SFTS)[1] from Brize Norton with Airspeed Oxford aircraft and then No. 6 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit RAF based at RAF Little Rissington between 1942 and 1945.

Other unit posted to the site included a sub site of No. 3 Maintenance Unit RAF between 9 April 1938 and January 1947 and a sub site of No. 21 Heavy Glider Conversion Unit RAF.

A German bombing raid on Brize Norton on 16 August 1940 forced the Advanced Training Squadron to move to Akeman Street.[citation needed]

Current use[edit]

Little of the 10 Blister hangars and single large Bellman hangar remain today.[1]

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