RAF Topcliffe [concept]
RAF Topcliffe was a Bomber Command station located in Yorkshire, 3 miles (5 kms) south-west of Thirsk.
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It opened in September 1940 as part of 4 Group. 77 Squadron moved in with Whitleys, staying until September 1941. It was joined by the Whitleys of 102 Squadron which stayed from November 1940 to November 1941. Concrete runways were laid November 1941 - June 1942. The station was transferred to 6 Group and 405 Squadron Halifaxes arrived in August 1943, as did the Wellingtons of 419 Squadron although both squadrons left by October 1943. 424 Squadron was formed in October 1943 with Wellingtons staying until April 1944 when the station switched to training with 1659 Heavy Conversion Unit (HCU) with Halifaxes. In November 1944 1659 HCU converted to Lancasters and it, and the station, transferred to 7 Group.
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