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RAF Acklington

   RAF Acklington in Northumberland. The site was first used as an airfield during the Great War under the name Southfields aerodrome. Although there is no record of any squadrons based there it is believed to have been used by RFC 77 Squadron. It was closed after WW1.

The base reopened on the 1st April 1938 as No7 Armament Training School, becoming 2 Air Observers School on 15th Nov 1938. At the out-break of war the school moved to Warmwell and the airfield was transferred to fighter command. The station code was Bluebell

The airfield remained in RAF hands until 1972, today it is the site of a prison.

Squadrons stationed at RAF Acklington

  • No. 152 Squadron 1st October 1939 to 12th July 1940
  • No. 607 Squadron 10 Oct to 14 Nov 1939
  • No. 43 Squadron 18 Nov 1939 to 26 Feb 1940 & 4 Oct 1941 to 16 Jun 1942
  • No. 72 Squadron from 6 June 1940
  • No. 74 Squadron.
  • No. 79 Squadron from 13 July 1940
  • No. 32 Squadron from 28 August 1940
  • No. 610 Squadron 31 Aug 1940 to 15 Dec 1940
  • No. 111 Squadron
  • No. 406 (Lynx) Squadron RCAF: Formed at RAF Acklington on 5th May 1941, to 1st Feb 1942
  • No. 410 Squadron. 6th Aug 1941 to 15th June 1941 and 20th Oct 1942 to 21st Feb 1943
  • No. 219 Squadron 23 June 1942 to 21 Oct 1942
  • No. 309 (Polish) Squadron
  • No. 409 Squadron. 23rd Feb 1943 to 19th Dec 1943 and 5th Feb 1944 to 1st March 1944
  • No. 25 Squadron 19th Dec 1943 and 5th Feb 1944


15th Oct 1939 

7th Dec 1939 On the move

17th Jan 1940 Return to RAF Digby

15th Aug 1940 Eagle Day

15th August 1940 

28th Aug 1940 On the Move

15th December 1940 Relocation

20th Aug 1941 Aircraft Lost

5th Sep 1941 Aircraft Lost

19th Dec 1943 Fighters and bombers

5th Feb 1944 Intercepting V1 flying bombs

15th February 1944 Refitting

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Those known to have served at

RAF Acklington

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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