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RAF Banff

Coordinates: 57°40′00″N 002°38′24″W / 57.66667°N 2.64000°W / 57.66667; -2.64000
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RAF Banff
Boyndie, Aberdeenshire in Scotland
RAF Banff is located in Aberdeenshire
RAF Banff
RAF Banff
Shown within Aberdeenshire
RAF Banff is located in the United Kingdom
RAF Banff
RAF Banff
RAF Banff (the United Kingdom)
Coordinates57°40′00″N 002°38′24″W / 57.66667°N 2.64000°W / 57.66667; -2.64000
TypeRoyal Air Force station
Site information
OwnerAir Ministry
OperatorRoyal Air Force
Controlled byRAF Flying Training Command
RAF Coastal Command
* No. 18 Group RAF
Site history
Built1942 (1942)/43
In useApril 1943 - 1946 (1946)
Battles/warsEuropean theatre of World War II
Airfield information
Elevation76 metres (249 ft)[1] AMSL
Direction Length and surface
06/24 1,288 metres (4,226 ft) Concrete
12/30 1,829 metres (6,001 ft) Concrete
18/36 1,299 metres (4,262 ft) Concrete

Royal Air Force Banff or more simply RAF Banff is a former Royal Air Force station located 4 miles (6 km) west of Banff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland and 14 miles (23 km) northeast of Keith, Moray.


The airfield was sited on land belonging to the Earls of Seafield since the 16th century. Construction of the airfield began in the middle of 1942. After it was turned down by RAF Bomber Command, it was officially opened in April 1943 as an airfield for the use of No. 14 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit RAF of RAF Flying Training Command. This unit used the airfield until August 1944, when it was disbanded, and the airfield was handed over to RAF Coastal Command.[2]

One notable occurrence at RAF Banff in 1944 is that of Squadron Leader Cameron Martin, when his De Havilland Mosquito suffered a wing strike in high winds. The aircraft suffered major damage, but Martin and the other crew member survived with minor injuries and returned to their duties the next day.

The following squadrons were posted here at some point:


Current use[edit]

The site is now Boyndie Wind Farm.[11] A grass runway has been established at the Eastern end, operating as Boyndie Airstrip.[15]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Falconer 2012, p. 42.
  2. ^ D., Bird, Andrew (2003). A separate little war : the Banff Coastal Command Strike Wing versus the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe, September 1944 to May 1945. London: Grub Street. pp. 14–17. ISBN 1904010431. OCLC 62087312.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 28.
  4. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 45.
  5. ^ a b Jefford 1988, p. 61.
  6. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 75.
  7. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 78.
  8. ^ a b Jefford 1988, p. 83.
  9. ^ a b Jefford 1988, p. 87.
  10. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 94.
  11. ^ a b c d e "Banff (Boyndie)". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  12. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 89.
  13. ^ Sturtivant, Hamlin & Halley 1997, p. 43.
  14. ^ Sturtivant, Hamlin & Halley 1997, p. 138.
  15. ^ "PPRuNe Forums" (PDF).


  • Falconer, J (2012). RAF Airfields of World War 2. UK: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 978-1-85780-349-5.
  • Jefford, C G (1988). RAF Squadrons. A comprehensive record of the movement and equipment of all RAF squadrons and their antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury: Airlife. ISBN 1-85310-053-6.
  • Sturtivant, R; Hamlin, J; Halley, J (1997). Royal Air Force flying training and support units. UK: Air-Britain (Historians). ISBN 0-85130-252-1.