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Gransden Lodge Airfield

Gransden Lodge Airfield
Memorial
ICAO: none
Summary
Airport type Private
Operator Private
Location Great Gransden, Cambridgeshire
Built 1941 (1941)
In use 1942-1955 (1955)
Elevation AMSL 230 ft / 70 m
Coordinates
Map
Gransden Lodge Airfield is located in Cambridgeshire
Gransden Lodge Airfield
Gransden Lodge Airfield
Locatiion in Cambridgeshire

Gransden Lodge Airfield is a former wartime airfield located 10.1 mi (16.3 km) west of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.

The Cambridge University Gliding Club (now Cambridge Gliding Centre) moved to Gransden Lodge in October 1991, having previously shared Duxford Airfield with the Imperial War Museum Duxford.

History

Gransden Lodge opened in April 1942 as an operational RAF Bomber Command station called RAF Gransden Lodge with three concrete runways. At the end of 1945 the airfield was transferred to Transport Command but the last operational squadron was disbanded in February 1946. The RAF station closed in 1955 and it was also used for some motor races, including the 1st postwar motor race in the UK on 13 July 1947.

Operational Units

Squadron Aircraft Variants From To To Notes
No. 53 Squadron Consolidated Liberator VI/VIII 1 December 1945 28 February 1946 Disbanded [1]
No. 97 Squadron Avro Lancaster I/III 18 April 1943 18 April 1944 RAF Coningsby Detachment from RAF Bourn.[2]
No. 142 Squadron de Havilland Mosquito XXV 25 October 1944 28 September 1945 Disbanded Reformed here.[3]
No. 169 Squadron North American Mustang I 5 March 1943 10 March 1943 RAF Bottisham [4]
No. 192 Squadron Vickers Wellington
de Havilland Mosquito
Handley Page Halifax
IC, III, X
IV
II
4 January 1943 5 April 1943 RAF Feltwell [5]
No. 405 Squadron Handley Page Halifax
Avro Lancaster
II
I, III
19 April 1943 26 May 1945 RAF Linton-on-Ouse [6]
No. 421 Squadron Supermarine Spitfire VB 5 March 1943 10 March 1943 RAF Fowlmere [7]
No. 692 Squadron de Havilland Mosquito XVI 4 June 1945 20 September 1945 Disbanded [8]

Current use

The Cambridge Gliding Centre now uses the airfield.

References

Citations

  1. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 42.
  2. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 53.
  3. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 61.
  4. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 64.
  5. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 66.
  6. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 89.
  7. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 91.
  8. ^ Jefford 1988, p. 105.

Bibliography

External links

  • Wartime information
  • Gransden Lodge Airfield history
  • Cambridge Gliding Centre
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