RAF Wymeswold

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RAF Wymeswold
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Summary
Airport type Military
Owner Air Ministry
Operator Royal Air Force
Location Wymeswold, Leicestershire
Coordinates 52°47′35″N 001°07′36″W / 52.79306°N 1.12667°W / 52.79306; -1.12667Coordinates: 52°47′35″N 001°07′36″W / 52.79306°N 1.12667°W / 52.79306; -1.12667
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RAF Wymeswold is located in Leicestershire
RAF Wymeswold
RAF Wymeswold
Leicestershire
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RAF Wymeswold is a former Royal Air Force station located 3.5 miles (5.6 km) north-east of Loughborough, Leicestershire, England. The airfield is situated between Hoton, Wymeswold and Burton on the Wolds, lying in the current district of Charnwood.

History[edit]

It was opened on 16 May 1942 during the Second World War and was home to Vickers Wellington bombers amongst others. It was not used for operations over Germany, but for training. It initially trained bomber pilots until 1944, then was taken over by RAF Transport Command, to train Douglas Dakota pilots.

RAF Castle Donington was used as a satellite airfield which post-war has turned into East Midlands Airport.

Post-war[edit]

From 1949 it was part of Fighter Command, flying Spitfires until 1950, then Meteors, although the aircraft were flown by the Royal Auxiliary Air Force. The RAuxAF was disbanded on 10 March 1957, which led to the closure of the airfield, after it had served as a satellite station of RAF Syerston for its BAC Jet Provost training aircraft.

Closure[edit]

It was closed as an RAF station in early 1957, although it continued to be used for aircraft maintenance by various private organisations until 1968.

It did not close as an RAF Base in 1957 as RAF Syerston still used it as a satellite airfield in 1963.

Based units[edit]

During the Second World War the airfield was home to Operational Training Units, however post war the airfield was used by squadrons flying new jets like the Hawker Hunter.

Current use[edit]

Airfield today

The airfield is now disused although many of the original buildings remain and there is currently an industrial estate on the site; the runway still exists and is used for motorsport.

The airfield is home to the UK's largest solar farm. [2]

The entire airfield and associated buildings lie completely outside the civil parish of Wymeswold, with the north half being in Hoton, and the southern half in Prestwold. On the eastern fringe of the airfield is the Wymeswold Industrial Estate, where there is a go-karting facility. The Hoton-Wymeswold road runs alongside the airfield.

The airfield has also been host for regattas of land sailing.

In the early 1990s, there were plans for a 6,000 population new town to be built on the airfield.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On Saturday 7 July 1951, a Meteor from the airfield, piloted by Pilot Officer H Elliot (RAuxAF) exploded in the air, killing the pilot.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RAF Wymeswold". Control Towers. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Solar farm". Retrieved 31 January 2014. 

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