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Benson

Major
Also known as: Benson Aerodrome / RAF Benson
County: Oxfordshire
Current Status: Aviation
Date: Opened 1939
Current Use: Active
Used By: RAF (main user) / FAA / Civil
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved, later paved (1942)
Aircraft Roles: Air ambulance / Aircraft ferrying / Bomber (main role) / Communications / Fighter-reconnaissance / General aviation / Military development/support / Naval aviation / Photographic reconnaissance (main role) / Police aviation / Trainer / Transport (main role)

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

  • Bensington Society History Group - Bensington old name of village
  • Benson HIVE
  • Benson Library
  • Benson Parish Council
  • Ewelme Parish Council
  • Oxford Motor Club
  • RAF Benson Community Primary School

The following alternative information/mass media sources have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 30/11/2018):

  • The Benson Bulletin

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 1 (Bomber) Group
  • No 1 Group
  • No 1 Gp Pool
  • No 1 PRU
  • No 2 Gp Comms Flight
  • No 2 Sqn
  • No 3 PRU
  • No 4 Gp Pool
  • No 6 AEF
  • No 8 (Coastal) OTU
  • No 12 OTU
  • No 21 Sqn
  • No 28 Sqn
  • No 30 Sqn
  • No 33 Sqn
  • No 38 (Air Support) Group
  • No 38 Gp Comms Flight
  • No 38 Gp Standardisation Unit 
  • No 52 San
  • No 54 Gp Comms Flight
  • No 54 (Training) Group
  • No 58 Sqn
  • No 60 Sqn
  • No 63 Sqn
  • No 72 Sqn
  • No 74 (Bomber) Wing
  • No 79 (Bomber) Wing
  • No 82 Sqn
  • No 103 Sqn
  • No 104 (Photographic Reconnaissance) Wing
  • No 105 Sqn
  • No 106 Gp Comms Flight
  • No 106 (Photographic Reconnaissance) Wing
  • No 114 Sqn
  • No 115 Sqn
  • No 140 Sqn
  • No 144 Sqn
  • No 147 Sqn
  • No 150 Sqn
  • No 166 Sqn
  • No 167 Sqn
  • No 168 Sqn
  • No 170 Sqn 
  • No 215 Sqn
  • No 230 Sqn
  • No 237 OCU
  • No 267 Sqn
  • No 309 Ferry Training & Aircraft Despatch Unit
  • No 540 Sqn
  • No 541 Sqn
  • No 542 Sqn
  • No 543 Sqn
  • No 544 Sqn
  • No 606 Sqn RAuxAF
  • No 612 GS
  • No 612 VGS
  • No 618 Sqn 
  • No 1416 (Reconnaissance) Flight
  • No 1832 Sqn
  • No 1834 Sqn
  • No 1835 Sqn
  • No 1836 Sqn
  • No 2733 Sqn RAF Regiment
  • No 4001 Anti-Aircraft Flight RAF Regiment
  • Air Photographic Development Unit
  • Air Support Command Examining Unit 
  • Andover Training Flight
  • Argosy Conversion Unit
  • Benson Flying Club
  • Chilterns GC
  • Electronic Warfare Operational Support Establishment
  • Ferry Support Sqn
  • Ferry Training Unit
  • Joint Helicopter Support Sqn
  • Merlin OCU
  • National Police Air Service (Benson)
  • Oxford UAS
  • Photographic Reconnaissance Development Unit
  • Radar Reconnaissance Flight 
  • Rotary Wing Operational Evaluation and Training Unit
  • Support Command Flight Checking Unit
  • Thames Valley Air Ambulance
  • Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance
  • The King's Flight
  • The Queen's Flight
  • Transport Command Training and Development Flight
  • University of London Air Sqn 
  • Wessex Training Flight
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The control tower at Benson, 15 November 2008.

Footage that includes Queen Elizabeth II visiting Benson, 1956. Courtesy of British Pathé

Armstrong Whitworth Argosies at Benson. Courtesy of British Movietone

Satellite(s):

Mount Farm

Decoy Airfield(s):

Pyrton

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