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Spanhoe (Harringworth) (Wakerley)


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This place is one of only two British airfields named after woodland – the other one is Shepherd’s Grove. Possible alternative name Harringworth surely looked and sounded too similar to Harrington.

Also known as: RAF Spanhoe / USAAF Station 493 / Wakerley Quarry
County: Northamptonshire
Current Status: Aviation / Farmland / Leisure activity / Open land / Quarry
Date: 7 January 1944 - March 1947; subsequent minor use to present
Current Use: Disused
Used By: RAF / Civil (minor use) / USAAF
Landing Surface Types: Paved
Aircraft Roles: General aviation (minor use) / Airborne forces/transport (main role)

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

  • Carl Tyers
  • Corby and District Model Flying Club
  • Harringworth Parish Council
  • Windmill Aviation

Notable Past Associated Organisations:

  • 82nd Airborne Division

Main unit(s) present:

  • 34th TCS
  • 43rd TCS
  • No 253 MU
  • 309th TCS
  • 310th TCS
  • 315th TCG
  • Perkins Sports Association GC

Remains of the airfield at Spanhoe, 15 October 2006.

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