RAF Bibury

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RAF Bibury
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Located Near Bibury, Gloucestershire, England
Part of RAF Bibury (geograph 4423473).jpg
Part of RAF Bibury in 2015
RAF Bibury is located in Gloucestershire
RAF Bibury
RAF Bibury
Coordinates 51°46′53″N 01°50′10″W / 51.78139°N 1.83611°W / 51.78139; -1.83611Coordinates: 51°46′53″N 01°50′10″W / 51.78139°N 1.83611°W / 51.78139; -1.83611
Type Royal Air Force station
Site information
Owner Air Ministry
Controlled by  Royal Air Force
Condition Closed
Site history
Built 1939
In use 1940–1945
Battles/wars Second World War
Garrison information
Occupants RAF Training Command
RAF Fighter Command

RAF Bibury is a former Royal Air Force station located north east of Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England.


The airfield was built in 1939 for use as a relief landing ground for training aircraft from nearby RAF South Cerney. In the Battle of Britain the airfield was used to base detachments of fighter aircraft.[1] Hawker Hurricanes of 87 Squadron arrived on detachment in August 1940. They were replaced by a detachment from 92 Squadron with the Supermarine Spitfire until September when the 87 Squadron detachment returned until the end of the year.[1] During the Battle of Britain the airfield had very few buildings and a grass runway.[1] The airfield was not used for flying after 1944 and was the base of a maintenance unit until it closed in 1945.

RAF units[edit]

Unit Dates Aircraft Variant Notes
No. 87 Squadron RAF 1940 Hawker Hurricane I Detached from RAF Exeter.[2]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b c "Gloucestershire's part in the Battle of Britain". BBC. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 51.


  • Jefford MBE, Wg Cdr 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.