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1982 (© Ian Woodward)
RAF Gamston airfield control tower
Airfield Today:
Agriculture, now Retford airport
Tower Type:
Watch Office for Bomber Stations and OTU's 13726/41 smaller windows to 15683/41
Tower:
Now in use as a house
Other Buildings:
Many on Technical Site behind control tower, also runways and perimiter track
History:
Opened as satellite to 14 (P) AFU Flying Training Command at Ossington. Flying Oxfords until May 1943.
Station then transferred for training to 93 Group Bomber Command. June 1943 C Flight of 82 OTU with Wellington III and X, Martinets. Renumbered 86 OTU in early 1944, disbanded October 1944.
Then transferred to 7 Group Bomber Command November 1944. Only flying unit 93 Group Disposal Unit which was disbanded January 1945.
From July 1945 used as repatriation centre with over 1,800 RAAF personnel here by September. All RAAF eventually posted here.
Reopened in May 1953 as satellite to Worksop with Meteors and Vampires
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RAF Gamston airfield control tower
2002 (© Robert Truman)
RAF Gamston airfield control tower
Airfield:
Operational Training Unit
Opened:
11/1942
Closed:
1957
Pundit Code:
GB
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
3x - concrete, tarmac
Hangars:
1x - B1, 2x - T2
County:
Nottinghamshire
Location:
2 miles S of Retford
OS Ref:
SK695765
Links:
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Photographs © copyright as stated
RAF Gamston airfield control tower
1979 (© Rod Houldsworth via Mike Smith, Newark Air Museum)
RAF Gamston airfield control tower
RAF Gamston airport and control tower = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2004 - Gamston -