RAF Oakington [concept]

Title

RAF Oakington [concept]

Description

RAF Oakington was in Cambridgeshire five miles north west from Cambridge. Construction began in 1939 and it opened with grass surfaces in June 1940. 218 Squadron moved in in July with Blenheims and remained until October. It was replaced by 7 Squadron, which remained until July 1945 having re-quipped with Lancasters during 1943. 3 Photo Reconnaissance Unit with Spitfires formed at the station in November 1940, moving on in July 1941, and 7 Conversion Flight formed in January 1941 to convert crews to the Stirling, leaving in October 1942. 101 Squadron with Wellingtons, arrived in July 1941 and stayed until February 1942; this parented 101 Conversion Flight with Stirlings from May to October 1942. Concrete runways were laid during 1941. 7 Squadron was then joined by 1409 Meteorological Flight flying Mosquitos from April 1943 to November 1943 followed by 627 Squadron with Mosquito bombers in November 1943. 627 Squadron left in April 1944 and was replaced by 571 Squadron, also with Mosquito bombers until July 1945. In that month the station was handed over to Transport Command, whose Liberator, Dakota and York aircraft flew from it until 1950.
It was home to 218 Squadron (Blenheim), 7 Squadron (Stirling and Lancaster), 3 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit (Spitfire), 101 Squadron (Wellington), 627 Squadron (Mosquito) and 571 Squadron (Mosquito).
Wartime losses: 1,107

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Contributor

Terry Hancock

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Citation

“RAF Oakington [concept],” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed March 23, 2019, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/9019.

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