RAF Driffield

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RAF Driffield
RAF Eastburn
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Airport type Military
Owner Ministry of Defence
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Driffield
Built 1918 as RAF Eastburn
1935 as RAF Driffield
In use 1918–1920 Royal Air Force
1936–1977 Royal Air Force
Elevation AMSL 82 ft / 25 m
Coordinates 53°59′41″N 000°29′11″W / 53.99472°N 0.48639°W / 53.99472; -0.48639Coordinates: 53°59′41″N 000°29′11″W / 53.99472°N 0.48639°W / 53.99472; -0.48639
RAF Driffield is located in East Riding of Yorkshire
RAF Driffield
RAF Driffield
Location in the East Riding of Yorkshire

Royal Air Force Station Driffield or RAF Driffield is a former British Royal Air Force station in the East Riding of Yorkshire, in England. It lies about 2 miles (3 km) south-west of Driffield and 11 miles (18 km) north-west of Beverley.


The site was first opened in 1918 by the Royal Air Force under the name of RAF Eastburn, and closed in early 1920.[citation needed] In 1935 a new airfield was built, initially training bomber crews. In 1977 the site was turned over to the British Army for use as a driving school, and was renamed Alamein Barracks, a satellite to Normandy Barracks of the Defence School of Transport at Leconfield.[1]

The station was the initial posting of Leonard Cheshire[2] VC, who was at that time a member of 102 Squadron.[citation needed]

On 15 August 1940 there was a German air raid on the airfield. Casualties included the first fatality in the Women's Royal Air Force.[citation needed]

On 1 August 1959, the base was armed with PGM-17 Thor ballistic missiles, which were subsequently decommissioned by April 1963.[3]


The following units were here at some point:[4]



  1. ^ "RAF Driffield". Hull & East Riding at War. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "No. 35005". The London Gazette. 3 December 1940. p. 6862
  3. ^ Delve 2006, p. 114.
  4. ^ "Driffield (Eastburn)". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 9 February 2016. 


  • Delve, Ken (2006). The military airfields of Britain : Northern England: Co. Durham, Cumbria, Isle of Man, Lancashire, Merseyside, Manchester, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Yorkshire. Marlborough: Crowood Press. ISBN 1-86126-809-2. 
  • Halpenny, B,B. Action Stations: Military Airfields of Yorkshire v. 4. Patrick Stephens Ltd, 1982. ISBN 978-0850595321.
  • Philpott, Ian. The Royal Air Force 1930 to 1939, Volume II Rearmament. Barnsley, UK: Pen & Sword, 2008. ISBN 978-1-84415-391-6.

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