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1956 (© via Craig Willis)
RAF Thornaby airfield 1928-58
Airfield Today:
Housing, industry
Tower Type:
Watch Office TY/1214 (unique to Thornaby?)
Tower:
Demolished in the early 1960s
Other Buildings:
Some remain near the original main entrance. The 1945 site plan states that this airfield had an underground Battle HQ but that it had been demolished, also that building no. 254 (type 3951/42) was a Pigeon Loft!
History:
Area used as a landing ground by 36 Squadron during the First World War.
1927-28 airfield built.
03/1030 to ?, 608 Squadron formed here as an Auxiliary Air Force light bomber Squadron with Westland Wapitis. 01/1937 became a fighter Squadron with Hawker Demons and /1939 a convoy escort Squadron with Ansons, Blenheims, then Hampdens.
03/1936 to /1936, No. 9 FTS formed here with Hawker Harts, moved to Hullavington. /1937 to 09/1938, 224 Squadron from Boscombe Down and 233 Squadron from Tangmere with Ansons, moved to Leuchars. Also used by 106 and 185 Squadrons with Battles and Hampdens.
09/1939 to 04/1941, Airfield transferred to Coastal Command with 220 Squadron Hudsons. 01/1941 to 04/1942, No. 9 Beam Approach Training Flight formed here, 11/1941 renamed 1509 BAT flight, moved to Church Lawford.
03/1941 to 05/1941, 114 Squadron Bomber Command with Blenheim bombers.
07/1941 to 10/1941, 143 Squadron Beaufighters.
07/1941 to 03/1943, No. 6 OTU formed here with Hudsons, moved to Silloth.
03/1943 to 10/1943, No. 1 OTU from Silloth with Hudsons.
01/1943 to 05/1943, 401 Squadron Spitfires and from 05/1943 to 08/1943, 306 Squadron Spitfires.
10/1943 to 11/1943 and 03/1944 to 05/1944, Air Sea Rescue Training Unit with Warwicks.
11/1943 to 06/1944, Warwick Training Unit from Bircham Newton.
11/1943 to 02/1944, 281 Squadron re-formed here with Warwicks, moved to Tiree.
10/1943 to 05/1944, 280 Squadron with Ansons then Warwicks, returned 11/1945 to 06/1946.
10/1944 to 09/1945, 279 Squadron from Bircham Newton with Hudsons then Warwicks.
07/1946 to 03/1957, 608 Squadron re-formed here with Mosquito nightfighters then Spitfires and Vampires.
/1954 to 10/1957, 275 Squadron ASR from Linton-on-Ouse with Sycamore helicopters, moved to Leconfield.
09/1957 to 10/1958, 92 Squadron Hawker Hunters from Middleton St George.
RAF Thornaby airfield 1928-58
Thornaby control tower, if you have a better photo please let me know! 1950's
(© from the book 'Thornaby Aerodrome and Wartime Memories' by David Brown via Stephen Legg)
RAF Thornaby airfield 1928-58
Airfield:
ASR, Coastal and Bomber Command
Opened:
1928
Closed:
1958
ID Code:
TB
USAAF Station:
N/A
Runways:
Grass then x 3 - concrete
Hangars:
1x - Bellman, 2x - C Type, 2x - Aeroplane
County:
Yorkshire
Location:
2 miles SW of Middlesborough
OS Ref:
NZ455163
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Photographs © copyright as stated
RAF Thornaby airfield 1928-58
1950s (© via Craig Willis)
1948-49 (© via Craig Willis)
RAF Thornaby airfield
1960s (© via Craig Willis)
RAF Thornaby airfield
RAF Thornaby control tower + airfield = www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman 2004 -
- Thornaby - updated 24/09/2018 -