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RAF Acaster Malbis

   Acaster Malbis opened in 1942 as a satellite to Church Fenton, The first squadron to arrive was 601 Sqn arrived from Duxford with Bell Airacobras of No 12 Group Fighter Command. The moved to Digby on 25th April 1942. On the 7th of April 21 Group Flying Training Command arrived with Oxfords of No 15 (Pilot) Advanced Flying Unit. They remained until January 1943. The station was then rebuilt as heavy bomber base despite the unsuitable conditions for flying. After reopening late in 1943 as part of No 4 Group Bomber Command the base received no operational Squadrons. At the beginning of November 1944 the base was transferred to No 7 (Training) Group Bomber Command and became home to No 4 Aircrew School. The site was also used by 91 MU for bomb storage.


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Those known to have served at

RAF Acaster Malbis

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Cutler Harold. Sgt. (d.16th Oct 1942)
  • Cutler Harold Stanley. Sgt. (d.16th Oct 1942)

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Sgt. Harold "Bat" Cutler No 15 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit (d.16th Oct 1942)

My uncle, Sergeant Harold ‘Bat’ Cutler, was stationed at Acaster Malbis as a student in No 15 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit. He was fatally injured in a flying accident on the night of 13th October 1942 dying on 16th October.

Peter Sitch

Sgt. Harold Stanley Cutler (d.16th Oct 1942)

Flight Sergeant Harold Stanley 'Bat' Cutler, died as a result of wounds incurred during a flying accident on 13th October, on 16 October 1942. Sergeant Cutler was the pupil pilot in Airspeed Oxford AP395 of No 15 (P) Advanced Flying Unit operating from Acaster Malbis. He and Sgt J N MacIver took off at about 19.45 to undertake night flying training. Visibility deteriorated and the pilot lost sight of the flare path, though a rumour exists that electronic night flying aids were switched off due to concerns about local enemy activity. They descended from 600 to 100 ft in an attempt to establish their whereabouts. As a result of this descent the aircraft hit a tree and crashed at 20.30 near Esrick about 3 miles South East of the Airfield. Sergeant Cutler is buried in my local churchyard, the Lickey (Holy Trinity) Churchyard, Worcestershire.

Bruce Heideman

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