RAF Upwood [concept]
Originally opened in 1916 RAF Upwood re-opened in 1937. In September 1939 it was occupied by 52 Squadron and 63 Squadron with Battles but these quickly moved out and replaced by 90 Squadron training Blenheim aircrews. In 1940 90 squadron combined with 35 Squadron to form 17 Operational Training Unit which continued to train Blenheim aircrews until April 1943. Concrete runways were then installed and RAF Upwood re-opened in early 1944 in 8 Group with the Pathfinder squadrons of 139 Squadron, with Mosquitos, and 156 Squadron, with Lancasters. Both units remained at the station until the end of the war.
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