RAF Croft [entry point]
RAF Croft was a Bomber Command station located in Yorkshire, 6 miles (10 kms) south of Darlington.
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It 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 with Halifaxes. 431 Squadron and 434 Squadron, both with Halifax, took up residence in December 1943, both converting to Lancasters in late 1944.
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