The Control Tower
|IATA: none – ICAO: EGXD|
|Owner||Ministry of Defence|
|Operator||Royal Air Force (RAF)
Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)
|Location||Dishforth, North Yorkshire|
|Elevation AMSL||118 ft / 36 m|
Royal Air Force Station Dishforth or RAF Dishforth is a former Royal Air Force station located 4.4 miles (7.1 km) east of Ripon, North Yorkshire and 11.5 miles (18.5 km) north east of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England.
The airfield opened in 1936 as use by Royal Air Force (RAF) until 1943 when the Royal Canadian Air Force took over but the airfield was returned in 1945 before the site was handed over to the British Army in 1992 and became Dishforth Airfield.
Second World War
RAF Dishforth opened in 1936. At the beginning of the Second World War it became part of 4 Group, RAF Bomber Command, and was used for recruit training. Between September 1939 and April 1941, No. 78 Squadron RAF used it to launch night operations using Armstrong Whitworth Whitley medium bombers. Between 1943 and 1945 the station was used by No. 6 (RCAF) Group Bomber Command and was a sub-station of RAF Topcliffe. Immediately after the war the station was used to convert aircrew to the Douglas Dakota transport aircraft.
RAF Dishforth was so successful in its night operation bombing raids that Hitler himself ordered a raid against the airfield. The raid was completely unsuccessful as the bombing party was shot out of the sky over Gloucestershire.
From 1962 to 1966 Dishforth was home to Leeds University Air Squadron flying the Chipmunk T Mk 10.
RAF Dishforth was used as a Relief Landing Ground for the Jet Provosts of RAF Leeming with personnel deployed from RAF Leeming on a day-to-day basis.
Dishforth was transferred from the RAF to Army Air Corps use by 9 Regiment AAC in 1992.
Vulcan aircraft were dispersed to Dishforth during exercises, and would have been dispersed from RAF Scampton during any hostilities during the cold war.
During the 70's and 80's part of the base was used as a police training centre for northern English police forces from Northumbria down to Lincolnshire
- Jefford, C.G, MBE,BA,RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 1988. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.
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- Airport information for EGXD at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.