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Lilbourne (Catthorpe)

Also known as: BP Truckstop / Lilbourne Aerodrome / RAF Lilbourne / RFC Lilbourne / Rugby Radio Station / Rugby Truckstop
County: Warwickshire
Current Status: Farmland / Industry
Date: 1915 - 1920s
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF (main user) / RFC (main user) / Civil
Landing Surface Types: Unpaved
Aircraft Roles: Army aviation / Bomber / Fighter / General aviation / Trainer (main role)

N.B. Lilbourne is situated across the two counties of Northamptonshire and Warwickshire but primarily geographically resides in Warwickshire.


The following organisations are either based at, use and/or have at least potentially significant connections with the airfield (as at 01/06/2021):

  • All Saints' Church, Lilbourne - holds Roll of Honour
  • Catthorpe Parish Meeting - name only
  • Clifton-upon-Dunsmore Local History Group
  • Clifton-upon-Dunsmore Parish Council - main part of airfield
  • Lilbourne Parish Council - where Rugby Truckstop now sited; airmen who died in training also commemorated as part of village war memorial
  • Stobart Truck Stops Ltd
  • Yelvertoft and Lilbourne History Group

Notable Past Associated Organisations:

  • Rugby Radio Station - active 1926 - 2007, at one point world's largest radio transmitting station

Main unit(s) present:

  • No 10 TS

  • No 34 Sqn

  • No 44 RS

  • No 55 Sqn

  • No 55 TS

  • No 59 TS

  • No 71 TS

  • No 73 Sqn

  • No 84 Sqn

  • Midland Area Flying Instructors School

  • Midland Area School of Special Flying


Plan of Lilbourne. Courtesy of Ed Andrews

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