RAF Poulton

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RAF Poulton
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Summary
Airport type Military
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Poulton, Cheshire, England
Elevation AMSL 49 ft / 15 m
Coordinates 53°07′46″N 002°53′42″W / 53.12944°N 2.89500°W / 53.12944; -2.89500Coordinates: 53°07′46″N 002°53′42″W / 53.12944°N 2.89500°W / 53.12944; -2.89500
Map
RAF Poulton is located in Cheshire
RAF Poulton
RAF Poulton
Location in Cheshire
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
01/19 5,904 1,800 Concrete
06/24 4,086 1,245 Concrete
14/32 4,114 1,254 Concrete

RAF Poulton (X4PL) is a former Royal Air Force station located near Poulton, Cheshire and was operational from 1 March 1943 until 1945. It was used as an Operational Training Unit (OTU) and Tactical Exercise Unit (TEU) for Hawker Hurricanes.

History[edit]

It was part of 12 Group and was used as a satellite of RAF Hawarden. It had 8 Blister and 1 Bessonneau hangars.[1]

Based units and aircraft[edit]

  • No 3 TEU (Tactical Exercise Unit), using the Hawker Hurricane. Arrived Nov 43.[2] Possibly moved to Aston Down on 18 Dec 44 and re-designated as No 55 OTU.[3]
  • No 12 (P) AFU (Pilot Advanced Flying Unit), using the Airspeed Oxford.[4]
  • No 1515 BAT Flight (Beam Approach Training), almost certainly using the Airspeed Oxford.[5]
  • No 41 OTU (Operational Training Unit)(Day Fighter Wing), possibly using the Hawker Hurricane. Moved to Poulton from Hawarden 1 Feb 45, and was re-designated as...
  • No 58 OTU on 15 Mar 45, using the Spitfire. Disbanded 20 Jul 45.[3]

Current use[edit]

Part of the site remains in use as a private airfield. [6]

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