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RAF Oakington Vol 1

RAF Oakington Vol 1

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A history of this former RAF station in Cambridgeshire
A history of this former RAF station in Cambridgeshire

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Front cover:
Aerial View of part of Technical Site c.1951 Source: TNA – AIR29/3801
 
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1. Introduction ........................................................................................................................... 1
 
1.1 Historical Summary ............................................................................................................. 1
 
1.2 Notes on Sources ................................................................................................................ 1
 
2. Airfield Development ............................................................................................................ 2
 
2.1 RAF Expansion (Schemes ‘A’ to ‘M’) ................................................................................... 2
 
2.2 RAF Station Building Fabric ................................................................................................ 3
 
2.3 RAF Stations Erected Under Schemes ‘L’ and ‘M’ .............................................................. 4
 
3. RAF Oakington – Planning and Construction ...................................................................... 7
 
3.1 Location ............................................................................................................................... 7
 
3.2 Proposed Camp Layout ....................................................................................................... 7
 
3.3 As-Built Camp Layout .......................................................................................................... 8
 
3.4 Airfield Defence ................................................................................................................. 10
 
3.5 Runways ............................................................................................................................ 17
 
3.6 Dispersed Sites and Married Quarters .............................................................................. 20
 
4. Operational History ............................................................................................................. 22
 
4.1 Introduction ........................................................................................................................ 22
 
4.2 RAF Oakington – WWII ..................................................................................................... 23
 
4.3 The Immediate Post War Period ....................................................................................... 30
 
4.4 Flying Training Command ................................................................................................. 34
 
4.5 Accidents and Incidents ..................................................................................................... 36
 
4.6 Post RAF Oakington .......................................................................................................... 52
 
Appendix 1 – Pathfinder Force Techniques ..................................................................... 55
 
Appendix 2 – Summary of Operations 1940 .................................................................... 59
 
Appendix 3 – Summary of Operations 1941 .................................................................... 66
 
Appendix 4 – Summary of Operations 1942 .................................................................... 88
 
Appendix 5 – Summary of Operations 1943 .................................................................. 109
 
Appendix 6 – Summary of Operations 1944 .................................................................. 133
 
Appendix 7 – Summary of Operations 1945 .................................................................. 168
 
Appendix 8 – Flying Units .............................................................................................. 184
 
Appendix 9 – Commanding Officers .............................................................................. 185
 
Appendix 10 – Files at The National Archives ............................................................... 186
 
Appendix 11 – Secondary Sources ................................................................................ 187
 

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