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    Having mentioned the open cast mine a few times I have at last found my picture of part of it.



    To give some idea of scale the little vehicle is a very large truck. The crane is a couple of storeys high without the jib.

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    PNK: They are building a new hangar at Coningsby for Typhoon maintenance. It has a curved roof and takes takes the general form of the adjacent Type Js and Gaydon.

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    The 'F' hangar at Acklington fron 1976. I assume this hangar was from its APC days. Is there a plan or aerial of Acklington as it was in 1940?


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    The large hangar at Acklington is a Gaydon hangar, of that there is no doubt.

    The Gaydon hangar was not a V bomber hangar, it was just a design that was utilised in the mid fifties when the majority of the large airfield expansion projects that required new hangarage were the rebuilt V-bomber airfields.
    Where other hangarage was required at the time, the design was also utilised.

    It is called a Gaydon hangar because the first two examples were erected at RAF Gaydon.

    An earlier poster, PJH, is spot on with the requirement for additional hangarage at Acklington. When it resumed life as a front line fighter base there was a need for additional hangar space, hence the Gaydon being erected. They also exist at Valley and Macrihanish, 2 other stations that were never envisaged as V bomber stations.

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    A memorial is to be built here in a project led by the local RAFA organisation . Donations payable to Newcastle RAFA , and any enquiries , may be sent to the
    RAF Acklington Memorial Appeal Treasurer , 7 Caernarvon Close , Newcastle Upon Tyne . NE5 4TB . Sorry , no more details at present .

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    A few details here about the airfield ;

    http://www.acklingtonparish.org.uk/recenthistory.htm

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    Gaydon Hanger was completed early 60s I believe the intention was that Acklington was to be a servicing field for V Bomber fleet.
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    A new memorial commemorating 29 allied aircrew who were killed flying from Acklington was dedicated at
    St John The Devine Church , Red Row near East Chevington just to the east of the old airfield site in May , see here ; http://www.acklingtonparish.org.uk/ .

    Also click on the 'Recent History' box for more details of RAF Acklington .

    Link to The Journal story ; http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-e...1634-28658223/
    Last edited by David Thompson; 06-06-2011 at 21:54. Reason: Link added

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Thompson View Post
    A new memorial commemorating 29 allied aircrew who were killed flying from Acklington was dedicated at
    St John The Devine Church , Red Row near East Chevington just to the east of the old airfield site in May , see here ; http://www.acklingtonparish.org.uk/ .

    Also click on the 'Recent History' box for more details of RAF Acklington .

    Link to The Journal story ; http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-e...1634-28658223/
    More details on the Church website;
    http://www.stjohnchevingtononline.co.uk/

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    RAF Acklington Timeline

    RAF ACKLINGTON

    Acklington. Northumberland. 81/NU230010. 3 mile NE of Felton on B6345

    Airfield opened: 1938
    Closed: 1972
    Elevation: 120ft.
    Pundit Code: AL
    Main Contractor for construction: various


    RAF Acklington - Timeline

    Built on the site of the former WW1 landing ground called Southfields used by 77 Sqn.

    01.12.37 No7 Armament Training Camp (ATC) formed in 25 Group (Seal)

    01.04.38 No7 ATC redesignated No2 ATS

    15.11.38 No2 Air Observation School (AOS) formed from No7 ATS (Overstrand, Seals)

    03.09.39 No2 AOS moved on to Warmwell to become No10 AOS

    01.10.39 152 Sqn reformed at Acklington. (Gladiator 11s)

    06.11.39 152 Sqn become operational

    06.10.39 609 Sqn moved in from Catterick. (Spitfire 1s)

    09.10.39 607 Sqn moved in from Usworth (Gladiator 1 &11)

    17.10.39 609 Sqn moved out to Drem

    27.10.39 111 Sqn moved in from Hornchurch (Hurricane 1)

    14.11.39 607 Sqn moved out to Merville, France

    18.11.39 43 Sqn moved in from Tangmere (Hurricane 1)

    07.12.39 111 Sqn moved out to Drem

    10.12.39 46 Sqn moved in from Digby (Hurricane 1)

    01.40 152 Sqn conversion to Spitfire 1 aircraft

    17.01.40 46 Sqn moved back to Digby

    26.02.40 43 Sqn moved out to Wick

    02.03.40 72 Sqn moved in from Church Fenton (Spitfire 1)

    01.06.40 72 Sqn moved on to Gravesend

    06.06.40 72 Sqn returned to field

    12.07.40 152 Sqn moved out to Warmwell

    13.07.40 79 Sqn moved in from Sealand (Hurricane 1)

    28.08.40 32 Sqn moved in from Biggin Hill (Hurricane 1)

    27.08.40 79 Sqn moved on to Biggin Hill

    31.08.40 72 Sqn moved out to Biggin Hill

    31.08.40 610 Sqn moved in from Biggin Hill (Spitfire 1)

    15.12.40 32 Sqn moved on to Middle Wallop

    19.12.40 72 Sqn returned to Acklington

    19.12.40 610 Sqn moved on to Westhampnett

    14.12.40 258 Sqn moved in from Drem (Hurricane 1)

    21.01.41 315 Sqn formed at Acklington (Hurricane 1)

    01.02.41 258 Sqn moved on to Jurby

    22.02.41 317 Sqn formed as a Polish fighter Squadron at Acklington (Hurricane 1)

    13.03.41 315 Sqn moved on to Speke

    29.04.41 317 Sqn moved on to Ouston

    01.05.41 141 Sqn detachment from Ayr moved in (Defiant 1)

    09.05.41 74 Sqn moved in from Gravesend (Spitfire 11)

    10.05.41 406 Sqn formed as the first RCAF night fighter squadron (Blenheim 1F)

    06.41 410 Sqn detatchment from Ayr moved in (Defiant 1) (3rd RCAF night fighter squadron)

    08.07.41 72 Sqn moved out Gravesend (Spitfire VB & VC)

    08.41 No13 Group Target Towing (TT) Flight formed (Lysander)

    08 41 410 Sqn detatchment changes from main base at Ayr to Drem

    07.08.41 141 Sqn detatchment move back to Ayr

    03.10.41 74 Sqn moved out to Llanbedr

    08.12.41 No1490 Flight (Target Towing) formed from No13 Group TTF (Lysander , Henley)

    15.12.41 No1460 Flt. Turbinlite Flight formed (Havoc, Boston)

    29.01.42 141 Sqn moved in from Ayr

    01.02.42 406 Sqn moved on to Ayr

    05.42 No1490 Flight redesignated No1490 (Fighter) Gunnery Flight

    23.05.42 167 Sqn moved in from Scorton (Spitfire VC)

    06.42 410 Sqn detatchment ends

    01.06.42 167 Sqn moved on to Castletown

    23.06.42 141 Sqn move on to Tangmere

    23.06.42 219 Sqn moved in from Tangmere (Beaufighter 1)

    08.07.42 1 Sqn moved in from Tangmere (Typhoon 1B)

    09.42 410 Sqn return to field for night fighter cover from Scorton (Beaufighter 11F)

    02.09.42 539 Sqn formed from 1460 Flight

    04.09.42 No1490 Flight moved out to Ouston

    21.10.42 219 Sqn moved on to Scorton

    21.01.43 539 Sqn disbanded

    09.02.43 1 Sqn moved on to Biggin Hill

    09.02.43 198 Sqn moved in from Ouston (Typhoon 1a & 1b)

    21.02.43 410 Sqn move on to Coleby Grange

    23.02.43 409 Sqn RCAF move in from Coleby Grange (Beaufighter V1F)

    16.03.43 No6 AAPC redesignated No1630 Flight

    23.03.43 350 Sqn moved in from Fairlop (Spitfire VB)

    24.03.43 198 Sqn moved on to Manston

    01.06.43 No6 Anti Aircraft Practice Camp formed in 72 Group (Lysander)

    08.06.43 350 Sqn moved on to Ouston

    21.06.43 63 Sqn detachment from Dalcross (Mustang 1)

    28.06.43 63 Sqn detachment moved on to Turnhouse

    20.07.43 350 Sqn moved back from Ouston

    25.08.43 349 Sqn moved in from Wellingore (Spitfire VB)

    25.08.43 350 Sqn moved on to Digby

    22.09.43 316 Sqn moved in from Northolt (Spitfire VB)

    22.10.43 349 Sqn moved on to Friston

    08.11.43 No 3 Aircraft Delivery Flight (ADF) moved in from Catterick

    22.11.43 No 3 ADF disbanded

    22.11.43 130 Sqn moved in from Scorton (Spitfire VB)

    25.11.43 No 4 Aircraft Delivery Flight (ADF) moved in from Odiham

    01.12.43 No1630 Flight absorbed into 289 Sqn

    10.12.43 278 Sqn detachment moved in from Woolsington (Anson 1)

    19.12.43 278 Sqn detachment moved onto Hutton Cranswick

    19.12.43 25 Sqn moved in from Church Fenton (Mosquito V1)

    19.12.43 409 Sqn moved away on detachment

    04.01.44 130 Sqn move back to Scorton

    05.02.44 25 Sqn moved on to Coltishall

    05.02.44 409 Sqn moved back from detachment

    15.02.44 316 Sqn moved on to Woodvale

    16.02.44 No 147 Airfield Headquarters formed in 24 Wing, No12 Group (Auster 11)

    16.02.44 No24 (Base) Defence Wing reformed here

    23.02.44 56 Sqn moved in from Scorton (Typhoon 1B)

    25.02.44 222 Sqn moved in from Catterick (Spitfire 1X)

    03.44 504 Sqn detachment from Castletown (Spitfire VC)

    01.03.44 409 Sqn moved on to West Malling

    07.03.44 56 Sqn moved back to Scorton

    08.03.44 164 Sqn moved in from Twinwood farm (Typhoon 1B)

    08.03.44 No 4 ADF moved on to Clifton

    10.03.44 222 Sqn moved on to Hornchurch

    10.03.44 322 Sqn moved in from Hawkinge (Spitfire VB)

    15.03.44 266 Sqn moved in from Harrowbeer (Typhoon 1B)

    15.03.44 No24 Defence Wing moved to Blakelaw, Newcastle upon Tyne

    16.03.44 164 Sqn moved on to Thorney Island

    21.03.44 609 Sqn moved in from Tangmere (Typhoon 1a & 1b)

    23.03.44 266 Sqn moved on to Tangmere

    01.04.44 609 Sqn moved out toThorney Island

    23.04.44 322 Sqn moved on to Hartford Bridge

    11.05.44 No 147 Airfield Headquarters moved on to Zeals

    29.05.44 No3 Tactical Exercise Unit. C Sqn detached to field from Honiley

    13.06.44 No3 TEU returned to Honiley

    06.44 504 Sqn detachment moved back to Castletown

    06 44 Airfield closed for reconstruction

    20.11.44 239 Sqn disbanded

    1945 North Eastern Sector Headquarters formed at Blakelaw, Newcastle. Flying from Field

    02.45 Airfield reopened

    26.02.45 59 O.T.U re-formed here using Typhoons

    07.05.45 289 Sqn moved in from Turnhouse (Spitfire/Vengeance)

    18.05.45 289 Sqn moved on to Eshott

    23.05.45 19 Sqn moved in from Peterhead (Mustang)

    06.06.45 59 O.T.U disbanded

    12.07.45 140 Sqn moved in (no aircraft) ready for disbandment

    13.08.45 19 Sqn moved on to Bradwell Bay

    14.08.45 219 Sqn moved in from B.106 Twente (Mosquito 30)

    19.08.45 140 Sqn moved onto Fersfield for disbanding

    29.08.45 263 Sqn formed. Meteor F3 aircraft became the first jet squadron at Acklington

    09.45 263 Sqn moved out to Church Fenton

    24.01.46 130 Sqn moved in from Chaterhall (Spitfire 1X)

    10.04.46 North Eastern Sector Headquarters disbanded

    01.05.46 Armament Practice Station formed. (ex 2APS Spilsby) in 12 Group.

    01.05.46 219 Sqn moved on to Wittering

    23 07.46 130 Sqn moved on to Odiham

    11.46 Fighter Armament Trials Unit formed out of 2 APC

    05.11.46 56 Sqn moved in from Boxted (Meteor F3)

    20.12.46 56 Sqn moved on to Wattisham

    01.47 91 Sqn moved in from Debden (Meteor F4)

    31.01.47 91 Sqn re-numbered 92 Sqn

    15.02.47 92 Sqn moved on to Duxford

    02.50 264 Sqn moved in from Church Fenton (Mosquito NF36)

    09.50 264 Sqn moved back to Church Fenton

    25.02.52 Armament Practice Station (APS) moved into 81 Group

    07.56 Fighter Armament Trials Unit disbanded

    27.07.56 APS disbanded

    1957 202 Sqn (Various Flights) move in to cover search and Rescue roll (Whirlwind)

    14.01.57 29 Sqn moved in from Tangmere (Meteor NF 11)

    14.02.57 66 Sqn moved in from Linton-on-Ouse (Hunter F6)

    22.07.58 29 Sqn moved on to Leuchars

    30.10.60 66 Sqn disbanded

    24.07.61 No6 Flying Training School (FTS) moved in to convert to Jet Provosts.

    12.66 No6 FTS redesignated No6 (Advanced) FTS

    05.01.68 18 Sqn moved in from Guterslosh (Wessex HC 2)

    30.06.68 No6 (Advanced) FTS disbanded

    04.08.69 18 Sqn moved on to Odiham

    1972 202 Sqn B Flight detatchment (Air Sea Rescue) leaves airfield. Last operational sorties.

    1972 Airfield put under Care & Maintenance

    1972 Airfield Closed. Site cleared and open cast mined. Technical site now part of Acklington YOI - incorporating the C type hanger
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