RAF Harrowbeer

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RAF Harrowbeer
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Royal Air Force Fighter Command, 1939-1945. CH9017.jpg
Aircraft and personnel required for a WWII Air/Sea rescue operation
Summary
Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Yelverton, Devon
Built 1940
In use 1941-1950
Coordinates 50°29′27″N 004°05′36″W / 50.49083°N 4.09333°W / 50.49083; -4.09333Coordinates: 50°29′27″N 004°05′36″W / 50.49083°N 4.09333°W / 50.49083; -4.09333
Map
RAF Harrowbeer is located in Devon
RAF Harrowbeer
RAF Harrowbeer
Location in Devon
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 3,840 1,171 Asphalt
17/35 3,345 1,020 Asphalt
05/23 2,736 834 Asphalt
Operating dates.[1]

RAF Harrowbeer is former Royal Air Force airfield situated next to Yelverton in the parish of Buckland Monachorum, Devon England

Location[edit]

RAF Harrowbeer was located approximately 9 miles (14 km) NNE of the city of Plymouth and approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Tavistock, and also sits within the boundary of Dartmoor National Park. Roborough Rock is a tor-like igneous rock outcrop immediately south-west of the airfield on Roborough Down, next to the border with the A386.[2] This location created problems for the airfield during the Second World War, as two runways were positioned in front of the rock.[2]

Although sited near the village of Yelverton, it was called 'Harrowbeer' in order to distinguish it from the similar-sounding RNAS Yeovilton. The airfield was under the control of No. 10 Group RAF and was never assigned a station badge.

The former Ravenscroft School became the officers' mess.[3]

Based units[edit]

The airfield opened in May 1941. It closed following the end of World War II.[4][5]

A large number of units used the airfield at some point, such as:

Other units[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Harrowbeer". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "The Rock, Yelverton". Educational Register of Geological Sites. Devon County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 July 2012. 
  3. ^ RAF HARROWBEER YELVERTON Miscellaneous Information
  4. ^ "The History of RAF Harrowbeer" Retrieved on 7 November 2008
  5. ^ a b c d e "Harrowbeer". Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 23.
  7. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 33.
  8. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 45.
  9. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 58.
  10. ^ a b Jefford 1988, p. 59.
  11. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 65.
  12. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 66.
  13. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 67.
  14. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 80.
  15. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 81.
  16. ^ a b Jefford 1988, p. 82.
  17. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 84.
  18. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 86.
  19. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 87.
  20. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 90.
  21. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 94.
  22. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 99.
  23. ^ a b Jefford 1988, p. 100.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Jefford MBE, Wg Cdr C G (1988). RAF Squadrons. A comprehensive record of the movement and equipment of all RAF squadrons and their antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury: Airlife. ISBN 1-85310-053-6. 

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