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Desborough

Major
Also known as: RAF Desborough / Wilbarston (unofficial local name)
County: Northamptonshire
Current Status: Farmland (main position) / Industry / Leisure activity
Date: 1 September 1943 - circa 1953
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF
Landing Surface Types: Paved
Aircraft Roles: Trainer
The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/09/2011):
  • Desborough Heritage Centre
  • Desborough Town Council - name only
  • Northants Skid Control Centre
  • Stoke Albany Parish Council
  • Wilbarston Parish Council

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 84 OTU
  • No 102 FRS
  • No 108 EGS / E108 EGS
  • No 108 GS
  • No 1381 (Transport) CU
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Photograph from the US/UK handover at Desborough. Courtesy of New Zealand Bomber Command Association/Pattenden

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Photograph from the US/UK handover at Desborough. Courtesy of New Zealand Bomber Command Association/Pattenden

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Aerial view of Desborough airfield, 1995. © Dave Welch.

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A T2 hangar at Desborough, 15 March 2009.

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Accommodation huts at Desborough, 2 September 2010. 

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Station ident letters being uncovered at Desborough, 24 November 2013.

Aerial footage of Desborough. Courtesy of Graham Butlin

Parent(s)/HQ Airfield(s):

North Luffenham

Satellite(s):

Harrington

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