RAF Twinwood Farm
|RAF Twinwood Farm
Aerial photograph, 28 March 1948.
|Operator||Royal Air Force
United States Army Air Forces
|Elevation AMSL||24 ft / 80 m|
Royal Air Force use
Twinwood Farm opened in mid 1941 when the RAF began to use the grassed field. By April 1942 it had three concrete runways and additional temporary buildings.
From then until the end of the war the Bristol Blenheims, Bristol Beaufighters, Bristol Beauforts, Douglas Havocs and de Havilland Mosquitoes of No. 51 Operational Training Unit used 'Twinwoods', as it was generally known.
Gallery - RAF aircraft operated at airfield
Other RAF Squadrons
- No. 26 Squadron RAF.
- No. 268 Squadron RAF.
- No. 613 Squadron RAF.
- No. 169 Squadron RAF.
- No. 239 Squadron RAF.
In March 1943 North American Mustangs belonging to 164, 169, 239 and 208 Squadrons RAF engaged in Operation Spartan which occurred between 1 and 12 March 1943 was conducted across southern and central England to test a wide range of procedures and tactics of British and Canadian Forces.
United States Army Air Forces use
The airfield closed in June 1945.
Glenn Miller Museum
Other buildings house different displays including:
- Twinwood Aviation Museum - featuring uniforms and artifacts recovered from German and Allied aircraft crash sites, as well as British aviation units and life in Britain during the war.
- Rooms of a 1940s family home
- Axis Museum - recreation of a German bunker, Russian and German artillery and weapons, and a display about Winston Churchill and the British Royal Family
- Fire Service Museum - recreated 1940s wartime fire station with uniforms, equipment and vehicles
- Displays of military vehicles
The group of museums are also known as Twinwood Airfield Museum, and are open seasonally.
- Twinwood Airfield Bedfordshire. Wartime Airfield Layout 1944 (website accessed: 28/07/10)
- Jefford 1988, p. 33.
- Jefford 1988, p. 81.
- Jefford 1988, p. 100.
- Jefford 1988, p. 64.
- Jefford 1988, p. 76.
- Modern Air - Fowlmere Aerodrome – a brief history (by Vic Flintham, Dec 2004) (website accessed:28/07/10)
- Travelling Days _ Bedford and District *(website accessed: 29/07/10)
- twinwood arena
- Glenn Miller Festival and Rhythm Festival at Twinwood Arena
- 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.
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