RAF Greatham

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RAF Greatham
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Airport type Military
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Greatham
Coordinates 54°38′58″N 001°12′46″W / 54.64944°N 1.21278°W / 54.64944; -1.21278Coordinates: 54°38′58″N 001°12′46″W / 54.64944°N 1.21278°W / 54.64944; -1.21278
RAF Greatham is located in County Durham
RAF Greatham
RAF Greatham
Location in County Durham
Direction Length Surface
ft m
00/00 0 0 Grass
00/00 0 0 Grass

Royal Air Force Greatham or more simply RAF Greatham is a former Royal Air Force station located in Greatham, County Durham, England.

It was also known as RAF West Hartlepool and was located at Hartlepool and was little more than a grass airstrip, a satellite station of RAF Thornaby.


It was home to four of 403 Squadron's Supermarine Spitfires from 19 June 1942 to 22 January 1943; operating forward from RAF Catterick.

The airfield was once home to 645 Volunteer Gliding School,[1] who operate Grob Vigilant Motor Gliders for the Air Training Corps. They are now located at RAF Topcliffe in Yorkshire.

Current use[edit]

Little now remains, as the site was developed after the war by British Steel Corporation.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "645 Volunteer Gliding Squadron". 645 Volunteer Gliding Squadron. Retrieved 9 April 2012.