RAF Graveley

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RAF Graveley

Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Halifax-mk3.jpg
Handley Page Halifax B.III
Summary
Airport typeMilitary
OperatorRoyal Air Force
LocationGraveley, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
Built1941
In use1942-1968
Elevation AMSL16 ft / 53 m
Coordinates52°15′47″N 000°11′24″W / 52.26306°N 0.19000°W / 52.26306; -0.19000Coordinates: 52°15′47″N 000°11′24″W / 52.26306°N 0.19000°W / 52.26306; -0.19000
Map
RAF Graveley is located in Cambridgeshire
RAF Graveley
RAF Graveley
Location in Cambridgeshire
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
03/21 4,200 1,280 Concrete
09/27 6,000 1,829 Concrete
15/33 4,200 1,280 Concrete

RAF Graveley is a former Royal Air Force station located 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Huntingdon.[1]

Station history[edit]

No. 35 Squadron RAF[edit]

35 Squadron RAF "Pathfinders"

The first Squadron to move to Graveley was 35 Sqn (No. XXXV Squadron) RAF in August 1942 using the Handley Page Halifax (which it had used since 1940) it became a pathfinder unit, forming part of No. 8 Group. In March 1944 the squadron re-equipped with the Avro Lancaster.

No. 692 Squadron RAF[edit]

692 Sqn was formed on 1 January 1944 at RAF Graveley, equipped with Mosquito IV bombers, as part of the Light Night Striking Force of No. 8 Group RAF in Bomber Command. It reequipped with the Mosquito XVI bombers in March.

No. 227 Squadron RAF[edit]

227 Squadron moved to Graveley from Strubby in June 1945, and was disbanded here on 5th September 1945.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

Part of the filming for the 1967 movie picture "'Robbery" (which was based on the Great Train Robbery) was filmed at the airfield with a number of exterior shots showing parts of the airfield.[1]

Current use[edit]

The airfield is mostly agriculture with a few buildings surviving.[1] A wind farm was built on the site in the 2010s. [3]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "RAF Graveley". Control Towers. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  2. ^ "No. 227 Squadron (RAF): Second World War". History of War. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  3. ^ http://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/wind_farm_campaigners_will_fight_on_despite_council_ruling_on_noise_nuisance_1_4343982

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