RAF Errol

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RAF Errol
Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg
Errol, Perth and Kinross in Scotland
RAF Errol is located in Perth and Kinross
RAF Errol
RAF Errol
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RAF Errol is located in the United Kingdom
RAF Errol
RAF Errol
RAF Errol (the United Kingdom)
Coordinates56°24′20″N 003°10′48″W / 56.40556°N 3.18000°W / 56.40556; -3.18000Coordinates: 56°24′20″N 003°10′48″W / 56.40556°N 3.18000°W / 56.40556; -3.18000
TypeRoyal Air Force station
Site information
OwnerAir Ministry
OperatorRoyal Air Force
Controlled byRAF Flying Training Command
Site history
Built1941 (1941)/42
In useAugust 1942 -1948 (1948)
Battles/warsEuropean theatre of World War II
Airfield information
Elevation5 metres (16 ft) AMSL
Runways
Direction Length and surface
00/00 1,388 metres (4,554 ft) Tarmac
00/00 1,046 metres (3,432 ft) Tarmac
00/00 1,035 metres (3,396 ft) Tarmac

Royal Air Force Errol or more simply RAF Errol is a former Royal Air Force station located near the village of Errol in Perth & Kinross, Scotland, on the north bank of the Firth of Tay approximately halfway between Perth and Dundee.

History[edit]

The airfield opened in January 1943.[1] Errol housed No. 305 Ferry Training Unit RAF as a special air training conversion unit for the Soviet crews receiving deliveries of Armstrong Whitworth Albemarles. This joint operation continued until April 1944, despite cancellation of Albemarle deliveries in September, 1943. The RAF station originally featured a control tower, 6 hangars, and three runways arranged in an 'A' shape which are still visible today from the air. The military role of Errol airfield ended in 1948, shortly after the end of World War II.

Units[edit]

The following units were here at some point:

Post war[edit]

In 1988, the airfield was purchased by Morris Leslie Group as a site for auctioning plant. The site serves as their headquarters, and they created a mixed-use business park on the Errol side of the airfield.[8] As of 2007 a haulage company and a garden supplies wholesaler are in residence.

Many of the buildings around the airfield are now derelict or in a state of poor repair. Only one runway appears to be in service for light aircraft for activities such as skydiving.

Vintage car rallies and other events requiring large flat open spaces take place at the airfield throughout the year. A weekly car boot sale[9] is held every Sunday, which, in the summer months, is one of the largest in Scotland.

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "RAF Errol". Controltowers.co.uk. 1 May 2007.
  2. ^ Sturtivant, Hamlin & Halley 1997, p. 163.
  3. ^ Sturtivant, Hamlin & Halley 1997, p. 42.
  4. ^ Sturtivant, Hamlin & Halley 1997, p. 216.
  5. ^ a b "Errol". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  6. ^ Sturtivant, Hamlin & Halley 1997, p. 139.
  7. ^ Sturtivant, Hamlin & Halley 1997, p. 144.
  8. ^ "Our History - Our Story". Morrisleslie.com. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  9. ^ "Errol Car Boot Sale". The Carboot Directory. Retrieved 4 July 2022.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Sturtivant, R; Hamlin, J; Halley, J (1997). Royal Air Force flying training and support units. UK: Air-Britain (Historians). ISBN 0-85130-252-1.

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