RAF Croft [concept]

Title

RAF Croft [concept]

Description

RAF Croft was in Yorkshire, six miles south of Darlington. It had three hard runways and opened in October 1941 as part of 4 Group. The first occupant was 78 Squadron, initially with Whitleys but the squadron converted to Halifaxes in April 1942. It moved out in June 1942 to allow the runways to be extended. In September 1942 419 Squadron moved in for just a month converting from Wellingtons to Halifaxes. 427 Squadron, with Wellingtons, became operational at RAF Croft in December 1942 just before it, and the station, transferred to 6 Group in January 1943. In May 1943 427 Squadron moved out following which the station was used by 1664 Heavy Conversion Unit training 6 Group aircrews on the Halifax. 431 and 434 Halifax squadrons took up residence in December 1943, both converting to Lancasters in late 1944. The station closed in 1946.
It was home to: 78 Squadron, 419 Squadron, 431 Squadron, 434 Squadron and 427 Squadron.
Aircraft flown included: Whitley, Halifax, Wellington and Lancaster.
Wartime losses: 657

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Contributor

Nigel Moore

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Citation

“RAF Croft [concept],” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed March 20, 2019, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/6405.

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