|RAF Stoney Cross|
USAAF Station AAF-452
|Southampton, Hampshire in England|
|Type||Royal Air Force station|
|Operator||Royal Air Force|
United States Army Air Forces
|Controlled by||RAF Army Cooperation Command|
RAF Fighter Command
RAF Transport Command 1944-
|Built by||George Wimpey & Co Ltd|
|In use||November 1943 - January 1948|
|Battles/wars||European theatre of World War II|
|Elevation||114 metres (374 ft) AMSL|
Royal Air Force Stoney Cross or more simply RAF Stoney Cross is a former Royal Air Force station in the New Forest, Hampshire, England. The airfield is located approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) northwest of Lyndhurst and 12 miles (19 km) west of Southampton.
Royal Air Force use
The following units were here at some point:
- No. 123 Airfield RAF
- No. 1308 Mobile Wing RAF Regiment
- No. 1552 (Radio Aids Training) Flight RAF
- No. 1 Section from No. 1552 (Radio Aids Training) Flight RAF
- No. 2720 Squadron RAF Regiment
- No. 2749 Squadron RAF Regiment
- No. 2750 Squadron RAF Regiment
- No. 2811 Squadron RAF Regiment
- No. 2812 Squadron RAF Regiment
- No. 4094 Anti-Aircraft Flight RAF Regiment
- No. 4109 Anti-Aircraft Flight RAF Regiment
Stoney Cross was known as USAAF Station AAF-452 for security reasons during the war, and by which it was referred to instead of location. Its USAAF Station Code was "SS".
367th Fighter Group
387th Bombardment Group (Medium)
With the fighters moved to Ibsley, the Martin B-26 Marauders of the 387th Bombardment Group moved to Stoney Cross from RAF Chipping Ongar on 25 June 1944. They had the following bomber squadrons and fuselage codes:
- 556th Bombardment Squadron (FW)
- 557th Bombardment Squadron (KS)
- 558th Bombardment Squadron (KX)
- 559th Bombardment Squadron (TQ)
The 387th was a group of Ninth Air Force's 98th Bombardment Wing, IX Bomber Command. By 1 September the group was able to move across the English Channel to its Advanced Landing Ground at a captured Luftwaffe airfield, Maupertus-sur-Mer Airfield, France (A-15).
Upon its release from military use, the airfield stood neglected. The Forestry Commission, who have managed the crown lands of the New Forest since 1924, took over the management of the site upon its closure. Runways were broken up in the 1960s, putting an end to their use for informal driving lessons, to meet demands for hardcore in the area and most of the usable buildings were sold. The final remaining structure - the water tower - was removed in 2004.
At present a minor C road runs along the length of the main 25/07 runway as a right of way. The other two runways are still clearly visible in aerial photography, although the concrete has been removed. The eastern perimeter road is also in use as a C road. The Forestry Commission has established car parks on three dispersal pans and two campsites make use of other former dispersal sites alongside the eastern 33/15 runway. Almost all of the other dispersal hardstands have been removed, although a few survive in a deteriorated condition. There is a small marker along one of the roads as a memorial to the former airfield and an interpretation board at one of the car parks.
From 1951 to 1954 the accommodation site at Longbeech was used by New Forest District council to house families waiting for council housing. The site had grocery, doctor's surgery, library, and hall which doubled up as a cinema at the weekends. The site was vacated by 1955.
In 1986 RAF Stoney Cross hit the national news when a Hampshire Constabulary led police operation evicted a large group of Peace Convoy travellers from the airfield site. BBC2 recorded the week-long occupation leading to an early-morning eviction in the documentary 'Seven Days At Stoney Cross (1986) 
The concrete roads in Longbeech still exist but those on the remainder of the airfield that had survived the earlier 'blitz' were removed in the 1990s.
- Falconer 1998, p. 81.
- "Stoney Cross". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
- "Bartley,Cadnam & Winsor". 29 December 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
- Memories of Civilian Living at RAF Stoney Cross, New Forest & Hampshire Wartime Association, retrieved 8 December 2022
- Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "New Age Travellers - Seven Days At Stoney Cross". YouTube.
- Falconer, J (1998). RAF Fighter Airfields of World War 2. UK: Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 0-7110-2175-9.
- Freeman, Roger A. (1994) UK Airfields of the Ninth: Then and Now 1994. After the Battle ISBN 0-900913-80-0
- Freeman, Roger A. (1996) The Ninth Air Force in Colour: UK and the Continent-World War Two. After the Battle ISBN 1-85409-272-3
- Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
- www.controltowers.co.uk RAF Stoney Cross