RAF Newmarket [concept]


RAF Newmarket [concept]


RAF Newmarket was in Suffolk, adjacent to the border with Cambridgeshire. It opened as part of 3 Group in September 1939 and utilised land next to Newmarket Racetrack. It was a satellite station for RAF Mildenhall and the first occupant was 99 Squadron with Wellingtons. During the winter of 1940-41 the station was also used by Stirlings from RAF Oakington. 75 Squadron equipped with Stirlings moved to RAF Newmarket in November 1942, staying until June 1943. Because it still had grass runways RAF Newmarket became relegated to a support role although the Bombing Development Unit remained until early 1945. RAF Newmarket was also home to 138 and 161 Special Operations Squadrons with Lysanders, Hudsons and Whitleys. During July and August 1942 the station was used for ground running and taxiing tests for the prototype Meteor jet fighter.

It was home to: 75 Squadron, 99 Squadron, 138 Squadron, 161 Squadron and Bombing Development Unit.
Aircraft flown included: Wellington, Stirling, Lysander, Hudson and Whitley.
Wartime losses: 366


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Nigel Moore


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