|Operator||Royal Air Force|
|Elevation AMSL||610 ft / 186 m|
It was opened on 12 June 1942 before closing on 23 August 1954.
Construction of the airfield began in late 1941 to Class-A bomber standards comprising three paved runways (concrete and woodchip surface) in an "leaning A" formation, 30 "frying-pan" style hard standings, four T2 hangars, a control tower and assorted technical buildings. Although at 610 feet (190 m) AMSL the altitude of the area was above the ceiling height for construction of airfields, the necessity of defensive installations during the Second World War overrode this condition.
Originally planned as a satellite installation of RAF Seighford for Vickers Wellington bombers, due to the unsuitability of altitude and local weather it was relegated to a training role with its own satellite of RAF Darley Moor.
Post war it was used for storage and maintenance of ordnance where the bombs were stored along the runways.
There were three small units in operation based at Ashbourne:
The western half of the site is now an industrial estate, appropriately named Airfield Industrial Estate. The northern half has been used by JCB as a test and demonstration ground for various earth moving products but is now deserted. The north western part of the airfield is now a housing estate.
The airfield is marked on aeronautical charts as disused and no aircraft remain on the site.
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