RAF Kaldadarnes

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RAF Kaldadarnes
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Summary
Airport type Military
Owner Icelandic Government
Operator Royal Air Force
Serves Reykjavík, Iceland
Location Reykjavík, Iceland
Built 1940 (1940)
In use 1941-1945 (1945)
Coordinates 63°55′52.33″N 021°10′14.78″W / 63.9312028°N 21.1707722°W / 63.9312028; -21.1707722Coordinates: 63°55′52.33″N 021°10′14.78″W / 63.9312028°N 21.1707722°W / 63.9312028; -21.1707722
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RAF Kaldadarnes is located in Iceland
RAF Kaldadarnes
RAF Kaldadarnes
Location in Iceland

Royal Air Force Station Kaldadarnes or more simply RAF Kaldadarnes is a former Royal Air Force station, near the town of Selfoss, Iceland.

Beginnings[edit]

The station was built in 1940 by the British Army and used by the Royal Air Force from March 1941 and throughout the remainder of the Second World War.

On 2 September 1942 the war artist Eric Ravilious was lost after he flew from Kaldadarnes.[1]

Squadrons[edit]

Sqn Aircraft Joined Departed From → To Notes
48 Lockheed Hudson V & III 6 January 1942 23 September 1942 RAF WickRAF Sumburgh Detachment only.[2]
98 Fairey Battle V
Hawker Hurricane I
31 July 1940 15 July 1941 RAF Gatwick → DB Last Squadron move prior to being disbanded.[3]
269 Avro Anson I
Lockheed Hudson I & III
April 1940 6 March 1943 RAF WickRAF Reykjavik Detachment initially prior to Squadron move.[4]

After the cessation of hostilities of the Second World War the British Government handed the airfield over to the Icelandic Civil Aviation Authority and it was used for a short while until it was closed. It is now in ruins with the decaying runways, perimeter track, dispersals and site of some of the buildings still visible on satellite images in 2018.

There is a memorial to No. 269 Squadron RAF at the closest public access point, situated in the modern airfield of Selfoss.

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Casualty Details: Ravilious, Eric William, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
  2. ^ Jefford, p.44 (No. 48 Sqn)
  3. ^ Jefford, p.56 (No. 98 Sqn)
  4. ^ Jefford, p.84 (No. 269 Sqn)

Bibliography[edit]

  • Jefford, C G MBE,BA,RAF (Retd). (2001). R.A.F Squadrons, A comprehensive record of the movement and equipment of all RAF squadrons and their antecedents since 1912. UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.