RAF Poulton

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RAF Poulton
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
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
RAF Poulton is located in Cheshire
RAF Poulton
RAF Poulton
Location in Cheshire
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.


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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