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1950s via John Levesley -
RAF Hurn airfield
Airfield Today:
Bournemouth airport
Tower Type:
Watch Office with Met Section 518/40
Tower 2007:
Heavily modified but still in use
Other Buildings:
Not known
/07/1941, Opened as a satellite to Ibsley.
/11/1941 to /05/1942, Special Duties Flight from Christchurch and Liberators of 1425 Flight from Honeybourne.
/05/1942 to /10/1942, No. 296 and 297 Squadron with Albermarle glider tugs.
/12/1942 to /03/1944, 1458 (TT) Flight with Albermarles.
/10/1943 to /03/1944, No. 295 and 570 Squadrons.
/03/1944 to /07/1944, Used by many Mosquito night fighter and Typhoon fighter bomber Squadrons.
/06/1944 to /07/1944, 422nd and 425th Night Fighter Squadrons
IXth USAAF here from Scorton with six P-61 Black Widow nightfighters.
/08/1944 to /09/1944,
596th, 597th, 598th and 599th Bomb Squadrons of the 397th Bomb Group with B-26 Marauders from Rivenhall, flew 22 missions, losing three B-26s before moving to A-26, Gorges, France.
/10/1944 to /1946, BOAC from Whitchurch, followed by KLM, Pan Am and Sabena. In the 1950s airfield used by Vickers for Valiant flight testing and production of Varsity and Viscounts. Airwork Services formed the Fleet Requirements Unit flying most types of Royal Navy aircraft, moved to Yeovilton.
RAF Hurn - 397th Bomb Group - 422nd, 425th Night Fighter Squadron -
This view (above) shows the original rear section of the 518/40 2003 (© Richard Drew)
- 397th Bomb Group - 422nd, 425th Night Fighter Squadron -
Operational fighter, nightfighter, paratroop training
10/1944 (RAF closure)
ID Code:
USAAF Station:
3x - concrete
3x - Bellman, 4x - T2, 10x - Blister
4 miles NE of Christchurch
OS Ref:
All photographs copyright © as stated
RAF Hurn - 422nd NFS - 425th NFS - 397th BG -
2007 (© Simon Charlton)
Yes, there is a wartime 518/40 Watch Office in there somewhere! 2007 (© Simon Charlton)
RAF Hurn airfield - 422nd Night Fighter Sqn - 425th NFS - 397th Bomb Group -
RAF Hurn airfield + control tower = © robert truman 2007 -
- Hurn airfield control tower 397th BG - updated 28/04/2017 -