BARDNEY

BRACKLA

BANFF

Bardney in Lincolnshire opened in 1943 as a satellite to RAF Waddington and was primarily home to 9 Squadron. They left in July 1945 and the airfield closed although it was also the site of a Thor missile base in the early 1960s. I went for a look in March 2019 and although I believe there are hangars converted to warehousing I checked the other side of the field where buildings have been demolished .

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This was a relief landing ground for RAF Dalcross (now Inverness Airport) and opened in 1941. It only ever had grass runways although there were proper perimeter tracks and hard standings. After the war the field was used for aircraft scrapping, particularly surplus Halifaxes but was closed in 1946. As there were no runways and the airfield has reverted to agriculture it is hard to spot these days although some sections of track survive although they are not readily accessible.

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Banff was built as a Coastal Command airfield in 1942 and officially opened on 21 April 1943. It served in a training role for a year and then became home to operational units of the RAF Banff Strike Wing of Coastal Command. The first two units were Nos 144 and 404 Squadrons, shortly followed by more, operating de Havilland Mosquitoes and some Bristol Beaufighters. These units carried out anti-shipping missions from September 1944, later proving extremely successful against U-boats. The final sortie was flown in May 1945 and Banff eventually closed during 1946 and the land was returned to agricultural use. Part of the airfield has been used again by civil aircraft on a very limited basis with a small grass strip alongside one of the original runways. The rest of the site is now used for go-karting, industry and a wind farm. The control tower, some runways and other buildings still remain as I saw in Jine 2019.

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