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Davidstow Moor

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Although the Davidstow name is perhaps best known these days for cheese produced by Dairy Crest Limited, which in turn has direct physical connections with the nearby airfield, Davidstow Moor’s geographical position of 970 feet above sea level provided this place with another more obscure claim to fame as being Britain’s highest operational airfield during World War Two.

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Also known as: Davidstow / Davidstow Circuit / Davidstow Woods / Davidstowe (misspelling) / Davidstowe Moor (misspelling) / RAF Davidstow Moor
County: Cornwall
Current Status: Aviation / Industry / Museum / Open land / Public Road / Woodland
Date: October 1942 - 1 December 1945; subsequent minor use to present
Current Use: Limited flying
Used By: RAF / RAF (Polish) / Civil / RCAF
Landing Surface Types: Paved

The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/07/2013):

  • Advent Parish Meeting
  • Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall At War Museum
  • Davidstow Model Flying Club
  • Davidstow Parish Council

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 53 Sqn

  • No 144 Sqn 

  • No 192 Sqn

  • No 206 Sqn

  • No 269 Sqn

  • No 280 Sqn
  • No 281 Sqn

  • No 282 Sqn

  • No 304 Sqn

  • No 404 Sqn

  • No 524 Sqn

  • No 547 Sqn

  • No 612 Sqn

  • No 845 Sqn

  • No 1603 (AAC) Flight

  • No 2708 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2731 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2738 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2743 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2748 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2776 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2778 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2786 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2792 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2793 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2796 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2802 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2810 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2886 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2889 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2954 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2955 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • Cornish GC

  • Moorland Flying Club
001Blast Shelter - 4 March 2009.png

Blast Shelter at Davidstow Moor, 4 March 2009. © Richard Flagg

002Turret Repair Block (Building 60) (A/M Drg No: 8933/42) - 4 March 2009.png

Turret Repair Block at Davidstow Moor, 4 March 2009. © Richard Flagg

003Turret Instructional Building (Building 23) (A/M Drg No: 11023/40) - 4 March 2009.png

Turret Instructional Building at Davidstow Moor, 4 March 2009. © Richard Flagg

004Main Stores & Stores Offices (Building 20) (A/M Drg No: 2069/42) - 4 March 2009.png

Main Stores and Stores Offices at Davidstow Moor, 4 March 2009. © Richard Flagg

005Crew Rest, Locker & Drying Room (Building 56) (A/M Drg No: 1452/42) (Remains of) - 4 March 2009.png

Crew Rest, Locker and Drying Room at Davidstow Moor, 4 March 2009. © Richard Flagg

006Air Ministry Bombing Teacher Building (Building 24) (A/M Drg No: 1130/42) - 4 March 2009.png

Air Ministry Bombing Teacher Building at Davidstow Moor, 4 March 2009. © Richard Flagg

007Hangar / T2 Type Aircraft Shed (Building 63) (A/M Drg No: 8271/40) (Site of) - 4 March 2009.png

A T2 Type Aircraft Shed at Davidstow Moor, 4 March 2009. © Richard Flagg

008Taxiway at the north of the airfield. Looking east from near the runway 13 threshold - 4 March 2009.png

Taxiway at the north of the airfield, looking east from near the runway 13 threshold, 4 March 2009. © Richard Flagg

009Runway 03/21. Looking south from the runway 21 threshold - 4 March 2009.png

Runway 03/21, looking south from the runway 21 threshold, 4 March 2009. © Richard Flagg

010Control Tower / Watch Office for all RAF Commands (Building 87) (A/M Drg No: 12779/41 & 343/43) - 4 March 2009.png

The control tower at Davidstow Moor, 4 March 2009. © Richard Flagg

Forces TV report on the Second World War Air Ministry Bombing Teacher at Davidstow Moor, 2018. Courtesy of Forces TV 

The control tower at Davidstow Moor, March 2012. Courtesy of Andrew Jones

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