RAF Waterbeach [concept]

Title

RAF Waterbeach [concept]

Description

RAF Waterbeach was in Cambridgeshire six miles north east from Cambridge. Construction began in 1939 and it opened in January 1941 with concrete runways. 99 Squadron arrived in March 1941 and was joined by 26 Conversion Flight in October and 106 Conversion Flight in December, both equipped with Stirlings and merging to form 1651 Conversion Unit in January 1942. 99 Squadron left in February and was replaced by two more Conversion Flights, 15 and 214, until they combined with 1651 CU to become 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit in October 1942; this left in November 1943 and was replaced by 514 Squadron which operated from the station until it disbanded in August 1945. In November 1943 1678 HCU arrived, with the rare Lancaster Mk II, training crews for this variant until it disbanded in June 1944. Transport Command then took over until 1950. The station was passed to the army in 1970.
It was home to: 99 Squadron (Wellington), 1651 HCU (Stirling), 514 Squadron (Lancaster), 1678 HCU (Lancaster).
Wartime losses: 587

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Contributor

Terry Hancock

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“RAF Waterbeach [concept],” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed March 23, 2019, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/5729.

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