RAF Blakehill Farm
|RAF Blakehill Farm|
|Cricklade, Wiltshire in England|
|Operator||Royal Air Force|
|Controlled by||RAF Transport Command|
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
The station was originally allocated to the United States Army Air Forces Ninth Air Force but not used. It opened in 1944 and was home for transport aircraft of No. 46 Group RAF Transport Command. In 1948 the airfield was a satellite of RAF South Cerney, and was used by training aircraft until the airfield closed in 1952 and was returned to agricultural use. The site is now a Wiltshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve.
Units and aircraft
|No. 233 Squadron RAF||5 March 194||8 June 1945||Douglas Dakota|||
|No. 271 Squadron RAF||26 February 1944||10 August 1945||Douglas Dakota
|Detachment from RAF Down Ampney|
|No. 437 Squadron RCAF||1 September 1944||7 May 1945||Douglas Dakota||Formed here|
|No. 575 Squadron RAF||24 November 1945||31 January 1946||Douglas Dakota|||
|No. 22 Heavy Glider Conversion Unit RAF||1945||1945||Waco Hadrian||I|||
|No. 2 Flying Training School RAF|||
|No. 109 (Transport) OTU RAF|||
|No. 1528 (Radio Aids Training) Flight RAF|| Became No. 1555 (Radio Aids Training) Flight RAF|
|No. 1555 (Radio Aids Training) Flight RAF|||
The following units were also here at some point:
- No. 18 Terminal Staging Post
- No. 19 Terminal Staging Post
- No. 92 (Forward) Staging Post
- No. 93 (Forward) Staging Post
- No. 123 (Major) Staging Post
- No. 2748 Squadron RAF Regiment
- No. 2835 Squadron RAF Regiment
Post-war intelligence role
After the Second World War, GCHQ set up an "experimental radio station", a top secret research facility, on the site. It consisted of huge communications masts arranged in mysterious patterns in the middle of the old airfield. The site was still active in some capacity until the mid-1990s and traces of the former aerial mast bases can still be seen on satellite photographs.
- American Museum in Britain - Blakehill Farm
- "Blakehill Farm including Stoke Common Meadow, Cricklade". Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
- Jefford 1988, p. 75.
- Jefford 1988, p. 82.
- Jefford 1988, p. 92.
- Jefford 1988, p. 97.
- Lake 1999, p. 129. sfn error: no target: CITEREFLake1999 (help)
- "Blakehill Farm (Cricklade)". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to RAF Blakehill Farm.|
- Povey, Vince (2018) http://www.rafblakehillfarm.co.uk/ - From War To Wildlife - the complete history of the airfield
- "RAF Blakehill: Cricklade airfield which played a crucial role in D-Day". SwindonWeb. 2013.
- Dyer, Steve (2010). "Control towers: RAF Blakehill Farm airfield". controltowers.co.uk.
- "Blakehill Farm Reserve". Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. 2013.