Unit History: RAF Wyton

RAF Wyton
Opened - 1916, closed - 1919
 
Reopened - Jul 1936
 
The first sortie of WW2 took off from RAF Wyton as well as the first aircraft of the 1000 bomber raids on Germany. The Pathfinder Force was formed here and Wyton aircraft took part in the last Bomber Command raid on Germany.
 
Throughout 1951 and 1952 RAF Wyton was used as a transit base for American B-50 bombers.
 
Squadrons:
 
46 Sqn (1916)
65 Sqn (1916 - 1917)
31 (Training) Sqn (1916 - 1918)
54 (Training) Sqn (1917)
20 (Training) Sqn (1917)
104 Sqn (1917)
72 (Training) Sqn (1918 - 1919)
130 Sqn (1918)
119 Sqn (1918)
96 Sqn (1918)
156 Sqn (1918 and again in 1945)
120 Sqn (1918 - 1919)
117 Sqn (1918 - 1919)
211 Sqn (1919)
139 Sqn (1936 - 1939 and 1943 - 1944)
114 Sqn (1936 - 1939)
44 Sqn (1937 and 1946 - 1951)
40 Sqn (1939 - 1941)
15 Sqn (1939 - 1942 and 1946 - 1950)
57 Sqn (1940)
730 (Ground Defence) Sqn (1941 - 1942)
2730 Sqn RAF Regiment (1942)
109 Sqn (1942 - 1943)
83 Sqn (11942 - 1944)
128 Sqn (1944 - 1945)
2763 Sqn RAF Regiment (1945)
163 Sqn (1945)
90 Sqn (1946 - 1950)
138 Sqn (1946 - 1950)
540 Sqn (1953 - 1956)
58 Sqn (1953 - 1970)
82 Sqn (1953 - 1956)
542 Sqn (1954 - 1955)
543 Sqn (1955 - 1974)
51 Sqn (1963 - 1995)
Northern Communications Sqn (1969)
26 Sqn (1969 - 1976)
39 Sqn (1970 - 1982)
360 Sqn (1975 - 1994)
13 Sqn (1978 - 1982)
100 Sqn (1982 - 1993)
25 Sqn (1983 - 1989)
39 Sqn (1PRU) (1992 - 1993)
 
Other Units:
 
HQ, No 70 Wing (1940)
No 7 Group Communications Flt (1940 - 1942)
No 4 Blind Approach Training Flt (1940 - 1941)
No 1504 Beam Approach Training Flt (1941 - 1942)
No 8 Group Communications Flt (1942 - 1945)
No 1499 Flt (1943)
HQ, No 53 Base (1943 - 1945)
No 1409 Flt (1944 - 1945)
Technical Training Command Communications Flt (1945 - 1946)
No 1688 Bomber (Defence) Training Flt (1946)
Ground Controlled Approach Operators School 1952 - 1953)
Canberra Air Race Flt (1953)
Radar Reconnaissance Flt (1955 - 1961)
Electronic Warfare Engineering and Training Unit (1971 - 1976)
Electronic Warfare and Avionic Unit (1976 - 1993)
No 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit (1982 - 1992)
No 231 OCU (1982 - 1990)
’F’ Flt, 85 Sqn (1989 - 1990)
Canberra Standardisation and Training Flt (1990 - 1991)
Electronic Warfare Operational Support Establishment (1993 - 1995)
 
In April 1994 RAF Wyton ceased to be an independent unit and was merged with RAF Brampton
 
Headquarters Logistics Command (1994 - 1999)
Defence Logistics Organisation (1999 - 2006)
 
2 Squadron of No 1 Elementary Flying Training School
University of Cambridge Air Squadron
University of London Air Squadron
5 Air Experience Flight

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