RAF Boscombe Down [concept]

Title

RAF Boscombe Down [concept]

Description

RAF Boscombe Down is in Wiltshire, eight miles north of Sailisbury. It was used as a training site in 1917 and it reopened in 1930. The Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment arrived in September 1939 since when the station has been associated with experimental and test flying. It was briefly home to two Hurricane squadrons during the autumn of 1940, and 35 Squadron was based at the station for two weeks in November 1940. In December 1940 109 Squadron was formed here with the specialist role of jamming German radio and developing navigation aids for Bomber Command; it moved out in 1942. Currently known as MOD Boscombe Down, the station still fulfils an aircraft testing and evaluation role.
It was home to: 35 Squadron, 56 Squadron, 249 Squadron and 109 Squadron.
Aircraft flown included: Halifax, Hurricane and many other types.
Wartime losses: 9

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Contributor

Nigel Moore

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Citation

“RAF Boscombe Down [concept],” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed March 23, 2019, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/5640.

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