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RAF Alconbury

   RAF Alconbury opened as satellite to Upwood, home to 63 Sqn before the war, control transfering to Wyton in September 1939. The site was used by 15, 40 and 156 Sqns Bomber Command. In August 1942 control was transferred to 8th USAAF. The first of the Americans were the 93rd BG the 'Travelling Circus' with B-24's who left in November 1942. In December 1942 the 92nd BG moved to Alconbury from Bovingdon with B-17's as a CCRU. Reformed 1943 as a combat group, first operational missions flown in May 1943. The unit moved to North Africa. From the 15th April 1943 to June 43 the 95th BG flew B-17's from the base. September 1943 saw the arrival of the 482nd BG a Pathfinder unit with B-17 and B-24's, becoming an operational radar development unit in March 1944. The unit left Alconbury in June 1945. The base became home to 264 Maintainance Unit on the 26th November 1945 until closure on the30th September 1948.

The base was modernised and reopened in 1951 and became USAF Primary Installation with USAF units arriving in June 1953. The base finally closed 15 April 95.

Today the site is being redeveloped. After intervention by the deputy prime minister, John Prescott, planning permission has now been granted for the development of the former RAF Alconbury as a freight depot. The East Coast main railway line will be connected and road access will be established to allow the site to be developed as a freight interchange depot.

Squadrons stationed at Alconbury during World War Two

  • No.15 Squadron Apr 1940 to May 1940
  • No. 40 Squadron.
  • No. 156 Squadron
  • 93rd Bomb group
  • 482nd Bomb Group


7th September 1939   No. 52 Squadron, RFC, was formed at Hounslow, Middlesex in 1916, serving as an army co-operation squadron on the Western Front. Disbanded in 1919, it re-formed at Abingdon from a nucleus provided by No 15 Squadron as a bomber squadron in January 1937. In November/December 1937 it was equipped with Fairey Battles and for special training purposes, Avro Ansons. In February 1939, the squadron became a group pool squadron tasked with training crews for the other units in its group. At the outbreak of war it was based at RAF Alconbury in Huntingdonshire, but four days later it moved to RAF Upwood.  More info.

7th September 1939 

10th May 1940 First bombing sortie

12th May 1940 Losses on Bombing missions

15th May 1940 Escorted attack

24th May 1940 Crash landing

2nd Feb 1941 

12th Mar 1941 Aircraft Lost

23rd Mar 1941 Bomber Command on Ops

11th April 1941 Aircraft Lost

2nd Jun 1941 Aircraft Lost

12th Jun 1941 40 Squadron Wellington lost

14th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

15th Aug 1941 15 Squadron Stirling lost

3rd Sep 1941 35 Squadron Halifax lost

Oct 1941  

12th Oct 1941 Aircraft Lost

17th Oct 1941 40 Squadron Wellington lost

14th Feb 1942 Reorganisation

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Those known to have served at

RAF Alconbury

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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Henry L. Flower 5th Depot Repair Squad RAF Alconbury

I was stationed at Abbots Ripton/Alconbury during the war in the 5th Depot Repair Squad. I played a lot of craps while I was there. I remember walking out of a bomb shelter after an air raid with $700. Back then it was a lot of moola. I was on a roll. Bombs were dropping but the dice were hopping.

Henry L. Flower

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