RAF Leicester East

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RAF Leicester East
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Leicester Airport Control Tower - geograph.org.uk - 119520.jpg
Airport type Royal Air Force station
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Stoughton, Leicestershire
Built 1942 (1942)
In use 1943-1947 (1947)
Elevation AMSL 469 ft / 143 m
Coordinates 52°36′28″N 001°01′55″W / 52.60778°N 1.03194°W / 52.60778; -1.03194Coordinates: 52°36′28″N 001°01′55″W / 52.60778°N 1.03194°W / 52.60778; -1.03194
EGBG is located in Leicestershire
Location in Leicestershire
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 490 1,608 Asphalt
06/24 335 1,099 Grass
10/28 940 3,084 Asphalt
15/33 495 1,624 Asphalt
16/34 418 1,371 Grass
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]

Royal Air Force Leicester East, more commonly known as RAF Leicester East, (ICAO: EGBG), is a former Royal Air Force station, near the village of Stoughton, 4 NM (7.4 km; 4.6 mi) east southeast of Leicester,[1] Leicestershire.

It was constructed in 1942 and formally opened in October 1943. The airfield is now Leicester Airport.


The following squadrons were posted to the airfield at some point:

In March 1945 all operational military aircraft left Leicester East, and the airfield was placed on Care and Maintenance until its closure on 31 December 1947.

Current use[edit]

Today, the former RAF Leicester East is now known as Leicester Airport, and was previously known as Stoughton Aerodrome.

The airfield, control tower, and other smaller buildings are now used by the Leicestershire Aero Club

See also[edit]