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Cranfield

Last modified: 10 Mar 2010
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Country: United Kingdom    Region: Bedfordshire

Locale: Cranfield

Latitude: 52° 4' 0" N     Longitude: -1° 26' 59" E

Area use / Military Branches: RAF - College of Aeronautics

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Cranfield airport; former RAF Cranfield WW2 airbase.
RAF Cranfield opened in No 1 (Bomber) Group. 6/7/37 to 2/38, 108 Sqn with Hinds.
8/7/37 to 8/38, 82 Sqn with Hinds, 3/38 re-equipped with Blenheims. 12/7/37 to 8/39, 62 Sqn with Hinds, 2/38 re-equipped with Blenheims.
8/39, 35 and 207 Sqns with Battles training pilots and observer/air gunners. Sqns amalgamated 1/10/39 as No. 1 Group Pool.
1939-40, Sqns moved out while the Station was rebuilt with new runways. 1940 to 8/41, No. 14 Service Flying Training School with Oxfords.
8/41 to 14/5/45, 51 OTU training night fighter crews with Havocs, Blenheims and later Beaufighters and Mosquitoes.
10/45 to 8/47, Empire Test Pilots School.
1946, College of Aeronautics founded.
1952 RAF Cranfield closed.

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