RAF Middleton St George

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RAF Goosepool
RAF Middleton St. George

Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg
Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Royal Canadian Air Force
Location Middleton St. George
Coordinates 54°30′33″N 001°25′46″W / 54.50917°N 1.42944°W / 54.50917; -1.42944Coordinates: 54°30′33″N 001°25′46″W / 54.50917°N 1.42944°W / 54.50917; -1.42944
RAF Middleton St. George is located in County Durham
RAF Middleton St. George
RAF Middleton St. George
Location in County Durham
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 7,516 2,291 Concrete
01/19 3,300 1,006 Concrete
10/28 4,200 1,280 Concrete
RAF. Middleton St. George August 1960

RAF Middleton St. George was a Royal Air Force (RAF) Bomber Command station during World War II. It was located in County Durham, five miles east of Darlington, England.


Second World War[edit]

The airfield began its life as Royal Air Force Goosepool, and in 1941 became RAF Middleton St. George. The aerodrome opened as a Bomber Command station in 1941. In 1943 it was allocated to No. 6 Group, Royal Canadian Air Force. A sub-station was located at RAF Croft, Yorkshire. Squadrons based here include: 76 Squadron, which flew Handley Page Halifaxes, 78 Squadron, which flew Armstrong Whitworth Whitleys, 419 Squadron RCAF, which flew Vickers Wellingtons, Halifaxes, and Avro Lancasters, 420 Squadron RCAF, which flew Wellingtons, and 428 Squadron RCAF, which flew Wellingtons, Halifaxes, and Lancasters.

Post war[edit]

After the war, the aerodrome served various squadrons and units including No. 13 Operational Training Unit (OTU), No. 2 Air Navigation School, No. 4 Flying Training School, and squadrons that used Gloster Meteors, Hawker Hunters, Gloster Javelins and English Electric Lightnings.

The RAF left the station in 1964, but the aerodrome was reopened in 1966 as a civil airport. The airfield was named Teesside International Airport in the 1960s, and was renamed Durham Tees Valley Airport in 2004. In the late 1980s the entire Married Quarter estate was sold to a Roger Byron-Collins company and was renamed The Virginia Estate.

From 1968 to 1979, some of the former station buildings housed Middleton St George College of Education, a teacher training college.[1]

Units and aircraft[edit]

Unit Dates Aircraft Variant Notes
No. 33 Squadron RAF 1958–1962 Gloster Javelin FAW.7 and FAW.9 from 1960 Twin-engined jet fighter/interceptor.[2]
No. 76 Squadron RAF 1941–1942 Handley Page Halifax Mks.I and II Four-engined piston heavy bomber.[3]
No. 78 Squadron RAF 1941 Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V Twin-engined medium bomber.[3]
1942 Handley Page Halifax Mk.II Four-engined piston heavy bomber.[3]
No. 92 Squadron RAF 1957
Hawker Hunter F.6 Single-engined jet fighter/fighter-bomber.[4]
No. 264 Squadron RAF 1957 Gloster Meteor NF.14 Twin-engined jet night-fighter.[5]
No. 419 Squadron RCAF 1942–1944 Handley Page Halifax Mk.II Four-engined piston heavy bomber.[6]
1944–1945 Avro Lancaster Mk.X Four-engined piston heavy bomber.[6]
No. 420 Squadron RCAF 1942–1943 Vickers Wellington Mks.III and later X before move to North Africa Twin-engined medium bomber.[6]
No. 428 Squadron RCAF 1943–1944 Handley Page Halifax Mks.V and II Four-engined piston heavy bomber.[6]
1944–1945 Avro Lancaster Mk.X Four-engined piston heavy bomber.[6]



  1. ^ Reunion website
  2. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 36.
  3. ^ a b c Jefford 1988, p. 48.
  4. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 52.
  5. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 80.
  6. ^ a b c d e Jefford 1988, p. 91.


  • Halley, James J. (1988). The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth, 1918-1988. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-164-9. 
  • 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. 
  • Moyes, Philip J.R. (1976). Bomber Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Macdonald and Jane's (Publishers) Ltd. ISBN 0-354-01027-1. 

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