RAF Alconbury

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RAF Alconbury
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svgEighth Air Force - Emblem (World War II).pngUnited States Air Forces in Europe.png
Part of United States Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA)
Near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire in England
Front-alconbury.jpg
Front entrance of RAF Alconbury
RAF Alconbury is located in Cambridgeshire
RAF Alconbury
RAF Alconbury
Shown within Cambridgeshire
Coordinates52°21′48″N 000°13′22″W / 52.36333°N 0.22278°W / 52.36333; -0.22278Coordinates: 52°21′48″N 000°13′22″W / 52.36333°N 0.22278°W / 52.36333; -0.22278
TypeRoyal Air Force station
CodeAY
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
OperatorRoyal Air Force (1939–1942)
United States Army Air Forces (1942–1945)
United States Air Force (1951–present)
Controlled byRAF Bomber Command (1939–1942)
Eighth Air Force (1942–1945)
RAF Maintenance Command (1945–1953)
United States Air Forces in Europe (1953–Present)
Site history
Built1938 (1938)
In use1939–1945, 1951–present
Battles/warsSecond World War
  • Air Offensive, Europe

Cold War

Garrison information
Garrison
501st Combat Support Wing.png

501st Combat Support Wing
Occupants
423d Air Base Group.png

423d Air Base Group
Airfield information
Elevation46 metres (151 ft) AMSL
Runways
Direction Length and surface
12/30 2,500 metres (8,202 ft) Asphalt (USAF)
06/24 1,750 metres (5,741 ft) Concrete (WWII)
12/30 1,235 metres (4,052 ft) Concrete (WWII)
18/36 1,235 metres (4,052 ft) Concrete (WWII)

Royal Air Force Alconbury or more simply RAF Alconbury is an active Royal Air Force station in Huntingdon, England. The airfield is in the civil parish of The Stukeleys, close to the villages of Great Stukeley, Little Stukeley, and Alconbury.

Opened for in 1938 for use by Bomber Command the station has been used from 1942 by the United States Army Air Force and then the United States Air Force.

Royal Air Force Squadrons[edit]

Based units[edit]

Units based at RAF Alconbury.[2]

United States Air Force[edit]

United States Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA)

  • 501st Combat Support Wing
    • Headquarters 501st Combat Support Wing
    • 423rd Air Base Group
      • 423rd Civil Engineer Squadron
      • 423rd Communications Squadron
      • 423rd Force Support Squadron
      • 423rd Medical Squadron
      • 423rd Security Forces Squadron

Closure[edit]

It was announced by the Pentagon on 8 January 2015 that RAF Alconbury and RAF Molesworth would be closing by 2020. Most of the units at Alconbury and Molesworth will be moved to RAF Croughton, along with the personnel.[3]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Jefford 1993, p. 153
  2. ^ "Units". 501st Combat Support Wing. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  3. ^ "RAF Mildenhall to close amid other Europe consolidations". Stars and Stripes.
  • Jefford, C.G. (1993). RAF Squadrons. Shrewsbury, England: Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1 85310 053 6.

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