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18th Mar 1916 Aerodrome opens at Bramham Moor  The aerodrome at Bramham Moor, Headley Bar, Yorkshire opened on the 18th March 1916. Initially home to "B" and "C" flights, 33 Squadron Royal Flying Corps, with "A" flight being detached to York Racecourse.

2nd May 1916 Airfield at York Racecourse bombed  On 2 May 1916 Zeppelin airships raided York, bombing the airfield at York racecourse. As a result the Aerodrome was closed and A Flight, 33 Squadron moved thier BE 2c and BE 2d aircraft to RFC Bramham Moor to join B & C Flights, flying from there in the air defence of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

8th June 1916   No 57 Squadron formed on the 8th of June 1916 at Copmanthorpe York from a nucleus from No 33 Squadron, taking on 33 Squadron's part-time training role to allow 33 Squadron to concentrate on the Home Defence role. B & C Flights were soon established at Bramham Moor, and the Squadron HQ and A Flt joined them at Bramham Moor on the 20th August.

In October however No. 57 Squadron began to prepare for its planned role undertaking high altitude reconnaissance, receiving Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2d two-seat pusher biplanes for this task. More info.

July 1918 School of American Pilots opens near York  In July 1918, a group of American pilots and ground staff were based at RFC Bramham Moor which became a training school. When the USA had entered the war in 1917, American pilots had gone straight into action with a lack of combat experience and consequently suffered heavy losses, additional training schools were established in Britain to increase skills before deployment.

Dec 1919 RFC Bramham Moor closes  The aerodrome at Bramham Moor closed in December 1919. During the Second World War the airfield was used as a decoy site with dummy aircraft giving the impression that it was operational. Today one of the orignial hangers remains as one of the barns belonging to Headley Hall Farm, part of Askham Bryan College, owned by the University of Leeds

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