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RAF Squires Gate


RAF Squires Gate was also called RAF Blackpool. The site has been used for aviation meetings since 1907. During the Great War a hospital was built on the site. Between teh wars the area was again used for flying with an airport being built in 1933.

At the outbreak of war the site was taken over by the RAF, with 63 Sqn flying Battles and 75 and 215 Sqn with Wellingtons. The Ministry of Aircraft Production built a Vickers Wellington shadow factory in 1940 2,584 Wellingtons were built on the site which closed in October 1945. A secondary assembly line was also set up at Stanley Park across the road.

Blackpool became the RAF's largest training area with camps at Weeton and Kirkham.

Today the site is used as Blackpool Airport and houses industry and a shopping centre

Squadrons stationed at RAF Squires Gate

  • No: 63 Squadron. September 1939 to January 1940
  • 75 Squadron. September 1939 to January 1940
  • No: 215 Squadron. September 1939 to January 1940
  • No: 3 School of General Recconnaissance. Dec 1940
  • No: 96 Squadron.
  • No: 256 Squadron


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Those known to have served at

RAF Squires Gate

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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Frederick Leonard Civilian Instructor

I have always been led to believe that my father, Frederick Leonard was a civilian driving instructor at RAF Squires Gate during the 1939-45 conflict. We moved to Blackpool and stayed in a house near a park, my father went to work daily and mother looked after me. We made friends with the people who owned and ran a theatre in Blackpool, and when we returned to London, my father bought their house which was in South London. Hope someone can put some light on these memories for me

Jean Renwick

F/Sgt. W. S. "Jock" Marshall 608 sqd (d.27th May 1942)

My Uncle, Flt/Sgt W. S. "Jock" Marshall was posted to 608 North Riding Squadron R.A.F. Station Thornaby, Yorkshire on the 25th September 1940. Flying Duties, Coastal Command. According to Service Record at Thornaby until 7th December 1940 He was then moved to No.3 School of General Reconnaissance at R.A.F. Squires Gate Lancashire. Jock and his crew were lost over the Channel on 27th May 1942

Any more information would be welcomed. His memory lives on with 608 Sqdn.

Mathieson Stuart Rodger

Ronald Binge RAF Squire's Gate

Ronald Binge, together with Sidney Torch, served at RAF Squire's Gate/Blackpool during WWII. They both performed in a concert/dance band in the RAF.

Andrea Parr

Sidney Torch RAF Squire's Gate

Sidney Torch, together with Ronald Binge, served at RAF Squire's Gate/Blackpool during WWII. They both performed in a concert/dance band in the RAF.

Andrea Parr

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