RAF Cluntoe

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RAF Cluntoe
USAAF Station 238

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Summary
Airport typeMilitary
OwnerAir Ministry
OperatorRoyal Air Force
United States Army Air Forces
LocationArdboe, County Tyrone
Built1942 (1942)
In use1942-1959 (1959)
Elevation AMSL82 ft / 25 m
Coordinates54°37′19″N 006°32′07″W / 54.62194°N 6.53528°W / 54.62194; -6.53528
Map
RAF Cluntoe is located in Northern Ireland
RAF Cluntoe
RAF Cluntoe
Location in Northern Ireland
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RAF Cluntoe is a former Royal Air Force airfield located 1 mile (1.6 km) west of Ardboe, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland and 8.4 miles (13.5 km) east of Cookstown, County Tyrone.

History[edit]

Construction of Cluntoe was started during December 1940 however it was not completed until July 1942 Cluntoe was planned for a RAF Operational Training Unit however when it was opened it was only used as an emergency landing ground. However this changed on 30 August 1943 when the airfield was transferred to United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) and was called "USAAF Station 238".[1]

No. 4 Combat Crew Replacement Center was opened during November 1943 which trained Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress crews with additional Consolidated B-24 Liberators being added during February 1944. During March 1944 it was designated No. 2 CCRC and was closed during November 1944.[1]

Afterwards it was transferred back to the RAF and was closed during June 1945. Although the airfield was refurbished and opened during February 1953 to be used by No. 2 Flying Training School RAF however this only stayed until June 1954 when the unit moved to RAF Hullavington and the airfield was finally closed in 1955.[1]

A Soccer team of the same name competed in the Mid Ulster League during the 1953/54 season.[2]

Current use[edit]

The site is now called Ardboe Business Park.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "RAF Cluntoe Airfield". Control Towers. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Northern Whig". 8 October 1953 – via The British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ "Cluntoe". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 16 October 2013.