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Towyn

Major
Also known as: Morfa Camp / Morfa Towyn / RAF Morfa Towyn / RAF Towyn / Tywyn
County: Gwynedd
Current Status: Activities centre
Date: 1939 (probable date) - 25 July 1945
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF
Aircraft Roles: Anti-aircraft co-operation

Towyn spent its whole active life performing anti-aircraft co-operation duties and formally opened in September 1940, though there is faint evidence that flying may have started here during the previous year. ‘C’ and ‘U’ Flights of No 1 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit assisted artillery gunners with their firing practice, the second element employing de Havilland Queen Bee pilotless drones. This activity carried on to virtually the end of World War Two in Europe. The only real changes at this airfield came with terminology as standard RAF practice in this area of operation saw the lettered Flights become numbered mid-war before being renamed as No 631 Squadron on 1 December 1943. By then the Queen Bees had long gone but examples of the Hawker Henley kept going at Towyn in the target tug role until as late as February 1945. Other types to be seen latterly included Hawker Hurricanes and Miles Martinets. 

A month later officialdom indicated the general end for Towyn and No 631 Squadron transferred to Llanbedr the following May. The airfield soon closed but became an Army Outward Bound School for many years afterwards. Even flying did not finish altogether as the grass landing area occasionally saw military aircraft land until the end of the 1960s. Today Towyn lies largely vacant: the mixture of Bellman, Bessonneau and Blister hangars it once possessed have gone but some support buildings remain, awaiting further productive use.

 

The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/09/2011):
  • Tywyn Library
  • Tywyn Town Council

 

ABCT would like to thank the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales for the use of their images. Find out more here: www.rcahmw.gov.uk and search their database here: www.coflein.gov.uk.

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 1 AACU 'C' Flight
  • No 1 AACU 'U' Flight
  • No 6 AACU
  • No 8 AACU
  • No 631 Sqnt
  • No 1605 (AAC) Flight
  • No 1628 (AAC) Flight
  • No 2706 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 2800 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • Aberystwyth UAS
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1942 Christmas Day Menu from RAF Morfa. From the collections of the National Monuments Record of Wales.

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Aerial view of Tywyn area, showing former army camp, 4 May 1946From the collections of the National Monuments Record of Wales: © Crown copyright: MoD.

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