RAF Newmarket

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RAF Newmarket was a Royal Air Force station located near Newmarket, Suffolk, England, near the border with Cambridgeshire. It was opened in 1939 and closed in 1945.

History[edit]

DG202/G, the prototype Gloster Meteor tested at RAF Newmarket, on display at the Royal Air Force Museum London in 2011.

The RAF station was actually a grass-strip on Newmarket's Rowley Mile Racecourse.[1] The grass strip is still used by light aircraft today.

In July and August 1942, ground running and taxiing tests were carried out at RAF Newmarket with a prototype of the new Gloster Meteor jet fighter.[2]

The station was a sub-station of No. 32 Base, 3 Group, RAF Bomber Command, directed from RAF Mildenhall, from April 1942 to February 1945.[3]

In 1944 the station came under the control of No. 3 Group RAF.[4]

The original station was closed in 1945.[4]

In the 1950s-60s a new camp appeared under the name RAF Newmarket on the Dullingham Road. This was a Communications Unit under RAF Signals Command and contained Eastern Communications Centre (Commcen Eastern) and North Eastern Communications Centre (Commcen North East) and staffed mainly by National Service and Regular Personnel. The administration of this camp was from RAF Waterbeach. This was a relay station handling signals traffic between all RAF bases in the Eastern and North Eastern areas.

Squadrons and units[edit]

The following units were also here at some point:[12]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Newmarket Timeline". Newmarket Racecourses. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  2. ^ "RAF Museum exhibit Gloster Meteor DG202/G" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Bomber Bases_P".
  4. ^ a b RAFWeb.org, Newmarket, accessed January 2021.
  5. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 23.
  6. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 48.
  7. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 53.
  8. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 55.
  9. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 60.
  10. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 64.
  11. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 93.
  12. ^ "Newmarket Heath (Rowley Mile)". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 10 February 2016.

References[edit]

  • Jefford, C.G. RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.

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Coordinates: 52°14′17″N 0°21′58″E / 52.238°N 0.366°E / 52.238; 0.366