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St. Mawgan (including Trebelzue) (Newquay Cornwall)

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If ever there is a case of snatching victory out of the jaws of defeat, St Mawgan symbolises this as the original Trebelzue Airfield proved a disaster due to crosswinds and too short runways, requiring land further to the east to be requisitioned and so create a brand new airfield. Trebelzue however proved not a complete waste of time as it became a dispersal area thereafter.

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Also known as: Mawgan / Newquay / Newquay Cornwall Airport / RAF St. Mawgan / RAF Trebelzue / Trebelzue Big Field / USAAF Station 512
County: Cornwall
Current Status: Aviation
Date: Opened 1935
Current Use: Active
Used By: RAF / Civil

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

  • Coffee Republic
  • Colan Parish Council
  • Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre
  • Cornwall Council
  • Newquay Library
  • Newquay Town Council
  • St. Columb Major Town Council
  • St. Mawgan-in-Pydar Parish Council

Main Unit(s) Present:

  • No 1 AACU ‘O’ Flight
  • No 1 Air Traffic School
  • No 2 Overseas Aircraft Despatch Unit
  • No 7 Sqn
  • No 10 Sqn
  • No 16 FU
  • No 22 Sqn
  • No 42 Sqn
  • No 201 Sqn
  • No 206 Sqn
  • No 217 Sqn
  • No 220 Sqn
  • No 228 Sqn
  • No 236 OCU
  • No 264 Sqn
  • No 282 Sqn
  • No 400 Sqn
  • No 626 GS
  • No 626 VGS
  • No 744 Sqn
  • No 814 Sqn
  • No 1360 Flight
  • No 1529 BAT Flight
  • No 1552 RAT Flight No 3 Section
  • No 1602 (AAC) Flight
  • No 1604 (AAC) Flight
  • Air Anglia
  • Air-Sea Warfare Development Unit
  • Air Southwest
  • bmibaby
  • Brymon Airways
  • Coastal Command Aircraft Preparation & Modification Flight
  • Coastal Command Modification Centre
  • Fingland’s Airways
  • Flybe
  • Isles of Scilly Skybus
  • Maritime OTU
  • Mawgan Vale GC
  • Mk.X AI Conversion Flight
  • Overseas Aircraft Despatch Unit
  • Provincial Airways
  • Sea King OCU
  • Sea King Operational Evaluation Unit
  • Sea King Training Unit
  • Starways
  • Traffic Control School
  • Western Airways

The last Avro Lancaster in RAF service at St. Mawgan, 1956. Courtesy of British Pathé

Avro Shackleton and its crew at St. Mawgan, 1957. Courtesy of svsfilm

Queen Elizabeth II's visit to St. Mawgan, believed to be 1964. Courtesy of svsfilm

Coastal Command at St. Mawgan, 1969. Courtesy of British Pathé

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